Recently, the Grammy Museum has joined the celebration of Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday, declaring February 6th to be Bob Marley Day at the museum. Additionally, the Grammy Museum’s first affiliate, The Bob Marley Museum, will host its own event. Many other events will take place the weekend of the 6th, as well as through the month and into in the near future.
Closed since October for renovation, Kingston’s museum and Marley’s former home, has reopen in time to celebrate. Free and open to the public, many will join the Bob Marley Group of Companies and Jamaica at the Bob Marley Museum, 56 Hope Road and Tuff Gong International at 220 Marcus Garvey Drive for their The Legacy Continues event. This full day of activities takes place on Marley’s birthday, starting at 10am.
The event will be composed of several activities including a synopsis on Reggae, and a Reggae Jam Session with Bob Marley’s 70th Ambassadors’ Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid and Nomaddz. The synopsis, on Reggae’s influence on music, fashion, and culture, including lectures from the University Of The West Indies Mona on the Evolution of Marley, Reggae Music and Film, Reggae Music and Fashion along with Marijuana & the economy.
Also taking place will be the unveiling of Bob Marley’s 1976 111 series Land Rover, an advanced screening of the never-before-seen Easy Skanking In Boston ’78, out Feb 17, and so much more. At Tuff Gong, the celebrations will cater to children from surrounding schools who will be treated to story telling from Cedella Marley’s books Three Little Birds and The Boy from Nine Miles. There will also be an excerpt presentation from the theatre production, Nesta’s Rock, sing-alongs and a special hand painting mural exercise.
The Jamaican government has also scheduled a series of events in February to commemorate Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday. In the beginning of February, at venues across the island, there will be live performances and shows in celebration as well as the town of Negril’s 23rd annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash – a five-day festival featuring a star-studded line up of artists such as Lutan Fyah, Anthony Cruz, and Mackie. Along with the music from international reggae acts and tribute shows, art and food will also be featured. For more details click HERE.
On February 7, 2015 the Redemption Live Concert at Kingston’s Waterfront will take place free of charge. Featuring some of Reggae’s finest, including Chronixx, I-Octane, Tarrus Riley, Judy Mowatt, Richie Spice, Freddie McGregor, Jermaine Edwards, Marcia Griffiths, and Ky-Mani Marley. There will also be a special Marley Tribute by the Marley Brothers.
Also scheduled is the the “One Love” celebrity soccer match, taking place February 18th.