The Bob Marley Foundation announced plans for a post-humous celebration of the Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley, on Thursday 6th February 2020.
The Celebration activities includes concerts featuring Marley’s sons and brand ambassadors at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in Kingston.
There will also be entertainments for kids and other side attractions.
Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’, which was his last record before he died in May 1981 would be the inspiration for the theme of the event.
Ranked 66th amongst the Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2014, and listed in 2010 by the New Statesman as one of the Top 20 Political Songs,
‘Redemption Song’ is also the final track on Uprising, which was Bob Marley and the Wailers’ ninth album.
The song recently featured as the headline for an article published in The Economist magazine on November 9, 2019 about Jamaica’s economic recovery.
The song was used four weeks ago by a group of Indian musicians protesting against a citizenship law.
Marley was born to Norval Marley a Jamaican of English descent, and Cedella Booker, a black teenager in Nine Miles Saint Ann, Jamaica.
He is reputed to have sold more than 20 million records throughout his career,making him the first international superstar to emerge from a Third World country.
He died in Miami, Florida, on May 11, 1981.