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Memorable celebrations for Bob

Published:Friday | February 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The 70th birthday celebration for Robert Nesta Marley, OM, is poised to be a memorable one as the Bob Marley Group of Companies, Jamaica and the rest of the world observe the birth date of the reggae and world icon, as well as the immense contribution that he gave and is continuously giving through his legacy.

Held under the theme 'The Legacy Continues', the 2015 celebrations will be held at the Bob Marley Museum, 56 Hope Road, St Andrew, and Tuff Gong International at 220 Marcus Garvey Drive, Kingston, today, February 6. The celebrations are free to the public.

Bob Marley Museum

Celebrations at the Bob Marley Museum will begin with an intimate and private ceremonial tribute to Bob Marley, and will be opened to the public at 10 a.m. for a full day of activities that will include symposiums on topics including 'Reggae and Fashion', 'Reggae Music and Film', and 'Marijuana and the Economy' to be presented by several academics, including Dr Sonjah Stanley Niaah, Dr Dennis Howard and Carole Beckford.

Other exciting activities to come on the day will include the unveiling of Bob Marley's restored 1976 Land Rover Series III, that will go on display at the Bob Marley Museum following today's event.

The celebration at the Bob Marley Museum will conclude with a Reggae Jam Session, featuring the Bob Marley 70th Ambassadors, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid and the Bongo band, No-Maddz, as well as The Uprising Roots Band, Iba MaHr, DBurnz, Ishabel and others.

Secured parking for attendees to the celebrations at the Bob Marley Museum will be provided at the Police Officers Club at 34 Hope Road, St Andrew, with shuttle services provided.

No parking will be available at the Museum, Hope Road and Marley Road.

Tuff Gong International

The celebrations at Tuff Gong International will cater to children as part of the Bob Marley Foundation's mandate. Children will be engaged in readings from Cedella Marley's books, Three Little Bird and The Boy from Nine Miles, with an excerpt presentation from the new hit theatre production, Nesta's Rock, produced by JMTC and Jamaica Junior Theatre.

On February 7, a free Bob Marley concert will take place at the waterfront, downtown Kingston, and will feature a number of artistes with a special Marley tribute by the Marley brothers.

Marie Bruce, general manager of the Bob Marley Group of Companies, noted: "We are honoured to celebrate the legacy of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley in a most memorable way on his 70th birthday. We want to also encourage the nation to join in the celebration of Bob Marley's birthday in their offices, schools and groups."