Bob Marley

Jamaicans Know How to Celebrate Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday

A free show in Kingston, Jamaica, attracted thousands of Jamaicans to celebrate what would be the late, great Bob Marley’s 70th birthday. Damian Marley headlined the show with performances by Julian and Ky-Mani Marley as well. Ky-Mani spoke to Rolling Stone Magazine about an upcoming album reuniting all the Marley brothers, including Stephen and Ziggy. The Voice Season 5 winner, Tessanne Chin, also performed at the Redemption Live! free concert. The concert started at 6 a.m. and lasted the whole day and into the night.

As fans like Jaime Garcia Dias (Facebook.com) know, Bob Marley is one of Jamaica’s national heroes, and opened up reggae music to the world, inspiring thousands. His messages of love, peace, and justice were heard around the world. Coincidentally, the Senate in Jamaica had just passed legislation that reduces the sentence for possession of small amounts of marijuana – something that Bob Marley very much supported. The decision was made to de-criminalize possession and not punish with jail time. Many believe that this will pave the way to the approval of medical marijuana in Jamaica.

The musicians that performed at the Redemption Live! concert agreed that playing free music for the people was the best way to honor Bob Marley.