Reggae Month 2015 is extra special as the legend himself, Bob Marley, would have turned 70 this February 6. Reggae fans at home and abroad are marking this milestone birthday with major events. In Marley’s hometown of Kingston, his big day will be celebrated at both the Bob Marley Museum and Tuff Gong International.
The Bob Marley Museum will be opened to the public at 10 am for a full day of activities that will include symposiums on topics including Reggae and Fashion, Reggae Music and Film & Marijuana and the Economy to be presented by several academics including Dr Sonjah Stanley Niaah, Dr Dennis Howard, and Carole Beckford, Jamaica’s film commissioner at JAMPRO.
Other exciting activities to come on the day will include the unveiling of Bob Marley’s restored Land Rover that will go on permanent display at the museum following the February 6 event.
The celebration at the Bob Marley Museum will conclude with a Reggae Jam Session featuring a number of artistes, including Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid and the Bongo band Nomaddz as Bob Marley’s 70th Ambassadors.
The celebrations at Tuff Gong International will cater to the children as part of the Bob Marley Foundation’s mandate. They will be engaged in readings from Cedella’s books, Three little Birds and The Boy from Nine Mile, with an excerpt presentation from the new hit theatre production Nesta’s Rock, produced by Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC) and Jamaica Junior Theatre (JJT).
On February 7th a free Bob Marley concert will take over the downtown waterfront and will feature a number of artistes with a special Marley tribute by the Marley brothers.