Reggae legend Bob Marley, who passed away in 1981 at age 36, would have been 70 years old today, February 6, 2015. To commemorate his birthday and honor his vision, the Marley Family has launched the #Share1Love site to raise money to help bring clean, safe drinking water to those in need. People are encouraged to upload videos to the site physically showing “how they share love and kindness” and inspire others to share the love as well; for every video uploaded, the social video playlists network Videoo will donate $1 to the charity: water organization.
Other plans for the late Jamaican musician’s birthday celebration include album releases, a free concerts, a live streaming concert, a birthday celebration in Jamaica, and events at The Bob Marley Museum. See below after the tribute for more details.
Remembering Reggae Pioneer Bob Marley On His Birthday – Excerpt
Originally published on Geeks Of Doom on February 6th, 2013
Today would have been the 69th birthday of Nesta Robert Marley, better known to the masses as Bob Marley, who is a figurehead and immortal iconic image to not only the sounds and sights of Reggae music, which he helped pioneer and make more accessible to the planet, but also as a metaphoric, literal, approachable, and tangible symbol of hope and peace, of positive energy, of having one reach into one’s self and soul and try to pull out all the greatness that one can muster up, with his music and timeless messages.
He wasn’t the first artist to make Reggae music for sure, as there were scores upon scores of artists in his native homeland of Jamaica and beyond those nether regions who also preached and taught the tenets of its colorful bass heavy, hi-hat laden, tick-tock guitar arrangements, infusing a kind of color chart mixture of religion, faith, spirituality, and opinions on the politic of the local, national, global, and universal lands. But Bob Marley became the most well-known artist to come from that place, and the most successful in teaching and preaching it, but most importantly and crucially, never soapboxing or doing it in a holier-than-thou stance, of the messages of peace and love, which in his capable hands, made it rise from the banality of pretentiousness and obviousness on its intrinsic levels to an all-together communal atmosphere which brought him and the listener to a transcendent plane.
Here’s more details on what’s happening for Marley’s birthday:
— On sale for only $9 right now at Amazon is Legend, the best-of collection containing the most popular tunes from Bob Marley and the Wailers, like “No Woman, No Cry,” “Three Little Birds,” “Could You Be Loved,” “Buffalo Soldier,” “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Redemption Song,” “One Love/People Get Ready,” “Jamming,” and “I Shot The Sheriff.” The purchase of the CD comes with a FREE instant MP3 download of the album so you can start listening to it right away while you wait for the physical copy to arrive.
— There will be a FREE Reggae concert “Redemption Live” at the Kingston Waterfront in Jamaica on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 6pm that will be live streamed online. The concert will feature performances by Marley’s sons, Tarrus Riley, Cocoa Team, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths (of the I Three, Bob’s backup singer trio), I-Octane, Capleton, Judy Mowatt (also of the I Three), Jermaine Edwards, and others.
— Digital re-release of Bob Marley Interviews: So Much Things To Say on iTunes.
— The release of Easy Skanking in Boston ’78, the Bob Marley and the Wailers’ never-before-released live CD/DVD, available on February 17, 2015; Universal Music Group, which now has access to Marley’s rare and private music and video archive, has plans for more releases and reissues throughout the year.
— Share a photo of yourself holding a candle with a birthday wish for Bob Marley Marley Natural — the cannabis company with permission to use singer’s likeness for their products — on Twitter or Instagram. Use #MARLEY70 with your posts.