Marleyville Exhibition Opens in Bersenbrück, Germany
07/26/2022 by Gardy Stein
A special occasion brought together a variety of people last Friday in Reggae Jam's hometown: the official vernissage of an exhibition called Marleyville: Die-Bob-Marley-Sammlung (The-Bob-Marley-Collection), located on the second floor of the abbey museum of Bersenbrück. Until September 11th you can now visit this special collection of Bob Marley memorabilia, which includes a variety of records, concert tickets, newspaper and magazine articles as well as Gold and Platin Awards – a total of 500 exhibits from the private treasure chest of Reggaeville-founder Julian Schmidt.
The ceremony was opened by a spokesperson of the museum and curator Katharina Pfaff, who also welcomed the honorable guests: Werner Lager, county commissioner of the district of Osnabrück, as well as Christian Klütsch, mayor of Bersenbrück, expressed their support of the project that "shows the ties Reggae music has with this city". Collector Julian Schmidt then spoke with festival organizer Bernd "Sheriff" Lagemann about how his collection started, mentioning a few of its highlights.
Exactly one week before the Reggae Jam kicks off, Sheriff stressed the great cooperation between the little town and the big music event, thanking all citizens and volunteers for their help. He then went on to introduce Reggae Jam's press official Dirk, who narrated his encounter with Bob Marley - while warming up for a concert in Dortmund in 1980, the "King of Reggae" had accidentally kicked a football into Dirk's back, for which he apologized politely.
In between these speeches, Marley's Ghost aka Sebastian Sturm played some well-known Bob Marley songs, and when the official part was over, this musical program turned into a veritable jam session with the arrival of Keith Powell aka Roughhouse – featuring Sheriff himself on Djembe and his intern Mario Koska on Cajon.
While the mild summer evening was thus impregnated with music, the guests of the event took a stroll through the exhibition, asked questions and feasted on the drinks and canapés organized by the friendly folks of Bersenbrück.
In case you are around, make sure you visit this special exhibition – visitors of the Reggae Jam Festival have free entry!
Museum im Kloster
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