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Rita Marley headlines One Love for Haiti

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Rita Marley

Jamaican reggae singer Rita Marley will headline a fund-raising concert for the people of Haiti in Toronto on Saturday.

The concert, dubbed One Love for Haiti, takes place at Kool Haus on what would have been the 65th birthday of her late husband, reggae icon Bob Marley.

"It is fitting that One Love for Haiti is being staged in Toronto on Bob Marley's birthday. The nation of Haiti is in need and we should all show One Love for Haiti," said Rita Marley.

The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, has endorsed the concert.

"The people of Haiti need our help and I am very pleased that this event which features Jamaican music, culture and Bob Marley's message of One Love is being used to help raise funds for our neighbours," she said. "I think using Marley's message in this way, on his birthday, is a fitting tribute to the Jamaican who was a humanitarian."

The Jamaican consul general to Toronto, George Ramocan the Haitian consul general, Dr Eric Pierre, and the mayor of Toronto, David Miller, will be special guests at the concert.

The organisers of the event say the money raised will be donated to Haiti through UNICEF and the Haitian Consulate.

More than 20 performers, including Luciano, Mikey General, Blakka, Jully Black, Blessed, Liberty Silver and Carvin Wynan, will donate their talents in support of One Love for Haiti.