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New ‘Redemption Song’ music video released - Animation project created by French artists

Published:Thursday | February 6, 2020 | 12:14 AM
Snapshot from the ‘Redemption Song’ animated video.
Snapshot from the ‘Redemption Song’ animated video.

Fans of Bob Marley enjoyed an unexpected treat yesterday when a new music video was premiered on the eve of the reggae legend’s birthday. The media spotlight focused on the anthem Redemption Song, a timeless classic, which is now paired with what will probably become an equally classic music video.

A full animation project, the Redemption Song video was created by French artists Octave Marsal and Theo De Gueltzl, and the stats are impressive. For example, there are a whopping 2,747 original drawings, and the creators say that the video “uses powerful symbols to amplify the magnitude of the song’s timeless lyrics and importance in today’s world”.

In one frame, Bob Marley is surrounded by Malcolm X, Haile Selassie, Marcus Garvey and Dr Martin Luther King Jr, all black heroes and freedom fighters. It is the Garvey picture, however, takes on a particular significance in this Redemption Song. For this song, Marley borrows some of the key lyrics from a speech delivered by the Pan-Africanist orator and Jamaican national hero, titled ‘The Work That Has Been Done’.

This revamped video honours the song’s 40th anniversary this year. At the time of writing Redemption Song, it is said that Marley had already been diagnosed with cancer and, according to his widow, Rita Marley, “He was already secretly in a lot of pain and dealt with his own mortality, a feature that is clearly apparent in the album, particularly in this song.”

In an interview with Billboard magazine about the new video, Bob’s daughter, Cedella, shared, “We went through this six-month process with Octave and Theo going through it page by page, us looking at stuff, and approving it all. I think it came out amazing. When I watch it, it still gives me goosebumps.”

Redemption Song was originally released on Bob Marley and the Wailers’ 12th album, Uprising. The reggae icon would have celebrated his 75th birthday today.

– Y.P.