Bob gets new statue for 70th birthday
Just in time for the 70th birthday celebration, a new life-size likeness of the late Robert Nesta Marley will be unveiled at the one-time home of the reggae icon in Trench Town, Kingston.
Under the Agency for Inner-City Renewal, the $10.2-million project to renovate the Trench Town Culture Yard tourist attraction, a new Bob Marley statue was commissioned (sculpted by Scheed Cole), as well as directional signs and storyboards. Additionally, rehabilitation and emergency electrical work has been done at the facility where Marley lived during his teen years.
The old statue, which came from the Bob Marley Museum and was set up in the yard in 2004, will be renovated and erected at the park on First Street in Trench Town where Bob Marley used to play.
The unveiling of the new statue and renovated Cultural Yard takes place this Sunday as part of a grand 70th birthday celebration, which begins today at the Bob Marley Museum in St Andrew.
Following Sunday’s unveiling, there will be a flurry of activities under the banner ‘The Spiritual Trod of Bob Marley’, which will include a symposium, serving of Bob’s favourite cornmeal porridge and an outside broadcast. In the evening, there will be an international event at Boys’ Town, featuring a host of artistes.
Bob Marley – singer-songwriter and musician, who achieved international fame and acclaim – was born on February 6, 1945, and died May 11, 1981.
The ‘Gong’ turns 70
From Kingston to Tel Aviv, fans around the world of will celebrate reggae legend Bob Marley’s 70th birthday today. The dreadlocked wonder performed in many countries during his heyday, spreading his message of One Love. Marley died from cancer in May 1981 at age 36.
Wellington, New Zealand
Marley made his only appearance in New Zealand in 1979 at the Western Springs Stadium in the city of Auckland. Today, the city of Wellington celebrates his 70th with the event, Birthday with The Original Wailers. Guitarist Al Anderson and keyboardist Tyrone Downie, members of Marley’s band, are special guests.
The British capitol was the scene of several highs for the reggae king, including his triumphant concert at the Lyceum Theatre in 1975. LEGEND: A Tribute to Bob Marley will be held at the Brooklyn Bowl tomorrow.
Yami Bolo and Junior Reid will perform at a Marley tribute show tomorrow at the Bermuda Athletic Association Gymnasium in Hamilton, the country’s capitol.
The roots singers are headliners for the event which will also feature local singers Mitchell Trott, Ramon Clark and Rivah.
Bolo, who will be making his third appearance in the British dependent, cited Marley’s impact on his career.
“Brother Bob had a tremendous influence on me. He was a great leader of humanity,” said Bolo, who lists his favourite Marley songs as Jah Will be Waiting There, I Know a Place and Survival.
The Bob Marley 70th Birthday Bash takes place at XL Beach Club tomorrow with singjay Mr Vegas as headliner.
The oil-rich Middle East country has a growing expatriate community (including Jamaicans) who are big into dancehall/reggae.
Most of the ‘Jamaican’ events are held at XL Beach Club. Mr Vegas (and sound systems) will do tributes to the reggae legend.
The ninth annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute takes place at Lee’s Palace tomorrow. This is the longest running Marley tribute in the Greater Toronto Area. It features the city’s upcoming reggae acts and raises ‘food donations’ for the Parkdale Food Bank.