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Happy Birthday Bob! A Year-Long Bob Marley 75th Earthstrong Celebration 2020

02/06/2020 by Reggaeville

Happy Birthday Bob! A Year-Long Bob Marley 75th Earthstrong Celebration 2020

Blessed 75th Earthstrong Bob Marley!

Today, February 6, 2020, Robert Nesta Marley, would have turned 75. The Marley Family kicked off the year-long anniversary celebrations yesterday with a new video for Marley's hymn Redemption Song and today the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica will host the annual Earthstrong Celebration.

The free event will also be streamed live to the rest of the world. On 3pm (Jamaican time) the Reggae Jam Session welcomes on stage: The Marley Brothers, Marley Grandchildren, Toots Hibbert, Nadine Sutherland, Richie Spice, Jesse Royal, Mortimer and many more... WATCH THE LIVE VIDEOS HERE!

Scroll down to watch the new Redemption Song video. About the video: 
"The Redemption Song video was created by French artists Octave Marsal & Theo De Gueltzl. Marsal & De Gueltzl’s breathtaking animation, featuring 2747 original drawings, uses powerful symbols to amplify the magnitude of the song’s timeless lyrics and importance in today’s world. The video highlights Bob’s contribution to the empowerment of black civilization, as well as his manifestation of hope and recovery for all mankind. Inspired by Bob’s homeland of Jamaica, as well as insights received from his family, the artistic approach was to illustrate the imaginary world of Bob Marley in a way that highly stimulates self-reflection."

But this video is just the start of new Bob Marley releases. Recent articles promise more to come:

"The Marley75 celebrations will encompass all things music, fashion, art, photography, technology, sport and film, providing fans unprecedented access to archives from the legendary artist’s estate in new, thoughtful and innovative ways. Together with YouTube, new and exciting content is set to be released over the course of the year. The inaugural Marley75 music festivities kick off this Spring, the first of many celebrations to come. Ziggy Marley and Stephen Marley’s Bob Marley Celebration will headline The BeachLife Festival. This special, collaborative appearance will feature Ziggy Marley and Stephen Marley performing an extensive catalog of Bob Marley tunes in celebration of their father’s 75th birthday at the three-day immersive music, art, and culinary oceanside event." [VENTS Magazine - February 5, 2020

What else can we look forward to as part of the Bob Marley celebrations in 2020? 

In a Jamaica Observer article from October 2019, Ziggy Marley revealed that all five Marley Brothers - Stephen, Damian, Julian, Ky-Mani & Ziggy, were in the process to re-record the Wailers song Cornerstone (1970) with the intention to release it on February 6, 2020. Hopefully that song will be released soon...


In the same article Ziggy Marley told the Observer: "Next year is such a significant year in the life of my father and so we have quite a lot of things happening during the year. One of the things is the release of a book... a photo book featuring rare and some never-before-seen pictures from the family album.
The book titled REDEMPTION will be published in September 2020. It will contain quotes from speeches, interviews, and writings. Edited by his daughter Cedella Marley.

Back in March 2019, a dutch article published by RTV Rijnmond reported about the recordings of a posthumous Bob Marley album: "The Rotterdam violinist Yannick Hiwat has just returned from London where he experienced a special adventure. In the world famous Abbey Road studios he played on the recordings of a new, posthumous album by Bob Marley. […] Bob Marley's music label is working on a new posthumous album, but the Rotterdammer is not allowed to tell if there is new music on it and when the album will be released.[…]"