Legacy Concert Coming
Plans are in the making for the mega-concert to be held in T&T in August, featuring most of the members of the family of the legendary Bob Marley.
It is understood that the Marley clan including Rita, Stephen, Julian, Kymani, Rohan and Damien (Junior Gong) will all be seen on stage together. To have so many of the clan onstage together is somewhat rare, and already Trinidad and Tobago fans are gearing up for this one.
Including dynamic performances, the Marley clan will also be introducing to their Trinidad audience products from the Bob Marley Blue Mountain coffee line and the Bob Marley juices.
There will also be a number of legendary T&T soca and calypso acts on the show.
Meanwhile Damian Marley is to headline the Respect Jamaica 50th festival in London later this month (July).
The youngest son of Bob, will take to the stage at London's IndigO2 on July 26. It will be his first UK live appearance since his Distant Relative shows with Nas in 2011.
The Jamaica 50th festival is billed as "a celebration of Jamaican culture to mark 50 years of Independence". Special guests at the event will include Damian's half-brothers Stephen Marley and Julian Marley.
Other performances at the Respect Jamaica 50th festival will come from notable Jamaican artistes Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis, Black Am I and Jo Mersa.
Damian Marley released his first album, Mr Marley, in 1996. He won a Grammy Award for his 2001 follow-up Halfway Tree and two further Grammys for 2005s Welcome To Jamrock. In 2010, he and rapper Nas released a collaborative album called Distant Relatives and toured in support of it. Last year Marley took part in the SuperHeavy project with Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone and AR Rahman.
The Marley clan follows in the footsteps of the legendary Bob who according to Wikepedia, was the Third World's first pop superstar. He was the man who introduced the world to the mystic power of reggae. He was a true rocker at heart, and as a songwriter, he brought the lyrical force of Bob Dylan, the personal charisma of John Lennon, and the essential vocal stylings of Smokey Robinson into one voice.
— Jann Wenner, at Marley's 1994 posthumous introduction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1999 Time magazine chose Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus as the greatest album of the 20th century.
In 2001, he was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a feature-length documentary about his life, Rebel Music, won various awards at the Grammys. With contributions from Rita, The Wailers, and Marley's lovers and children, it also tells much of the story in his own words.
A statue was inaugurated, next to the national stadium on Arthur Wint Drive in Kingston to commemorate him. In 2006, the State of New York renamed a portion of Church Avenue from Remsen Avenue to East 98th Street in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn "Bob Marley Boulevard".
In 2008, a statue of Marley was inaugurated in Banatski Sokolac, Serbia.
Internationally, Marley's message also continues to reverberate amongst various indigenous communities. For instance, the Aboriginal people of Australia continue to burn a sacred flame to honour his memory in Sydney's Victoria Park, while members of the Native American Hopi and Havasupai tribe revere his work.
There are also many tributes to Bob Marley throughout India, including restaurants, hotels, and cultural festivals.
Marley has also evolved into a global symbol, which has been endlessly merchandised through a variety of mediums. In light of this, author Dave Thompson in his book Reggae and Caribbean Music, laments what he perceives to be the commercialised pacification of Marley's more militant edge, stating:
Bob Marley ranks among both the most popular and the most misunderstood figures in modern culture ... That the machine has utterly emasculated Marley is beyond doubt. Gone from the public record is the ghetto kid who dreamed of Che Guevara and the Black Panthers, and pinned their posters up in the Wailers Soul Shack record store; who believed in freedom; and the fighting which it necessitated, and dressed the part on an early album sleeve; whose heroes were James Brown and Muhammad Ali; whose God was Ras Tafari and whose sacrament was marijuana. Instead, the Bob Marley who surveys his kingdom today is smiling benevolence, a shining sun, a waving palm tree, and a string of hits which tumble out of polite radio like candy from a gumball machine. Of course it has assured his immortality. But it has also demeaned him beyond recognition. Bob Marley was worth far more.
For example a number of quotes are linked with him forever, here are some of them: