Marley’s sons plan concert to mark 62nd anniversary of his birth
Posted by Dresonic on January 31, 2007
Four of Bob Marley’s sons will hold a concert promoting peace to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the reggae superstar’s birth, a family spokesman said Tuesday.
The Smile Jamaica concert will be held Feb. 10 at Marley’s birthplace at Nine Miles in St. Ann parish, spokesman Jerome Hamilton said.
Bob Marley is shown in a 1979 file photo. His sons will reprise his Smile Jamaica concert aimed at restoring peace between rival gangs.
Marley, famous for hits such as No Woman, No Cry and I Shot the Sheriff, succumbed to cancer in 1981 at age 36. He was given a state funeral and buried with his guitar at Nine Mile, which has become a popular tourist spot.
The concert reprises a famous 1976 peace concert, also called Smile Jamaica, staged by Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley to promote harmony between politically aligned gangs.
Marley, who was recovering from gunshot wounds in an assassination attempt, was only supposed to play one song, but ended up playing for 90 minutes with his legendary band The Wailers.
During the concert, he got Manley and political rival Eddy Seaga to shake hands on stage.
Stephen Marley and his brothers Ky-Mani, Damian and Julian, will participate in the 2007 concert, but Ziggy Marley, a former member of the Melody Makers and the most famous of Marley’s children, cannot attend. Marley’s widow, Rita, also is expected to attend.
“They are trying to push a message of peace although it won’t be as hard-core as when Bob did it,” Hamilton said.
Jamaica is still plagued by gang violence.
The concert falls in Bob Marley Week, a celebration of the singer’s birth on Feb. 6, 1945, held annually in Jamaica.
In 2005, Marley’s 60th birthday celebration was held in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. Marley was a member of Rasta, the religious movement that reveres former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie.
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