The Bob Marley birthday weekend

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Bob MarleyNext week, Jamaica will celebrate what would have been Bob Marley’s 70th birthday.  

Activities to mark the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley’s birthday will take place on February 6 at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road and Tuff Gong Studio on Marcus Garvey Drive. The day’s activities will include symposiums on Reggae Music and Reggae Jam sessions with Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid and Nomaddz.

Activities continue the following day at Kingston’s Waterfront. Three of Bob Marley’s sons – Stephen, Damian and Kymani, will headline the free concert with other music legends including the likes of Tarrus Riley, Marcia Griffith and Lauryn Hill set to perform to the crowds. Thousands of fans are expected to pay homage and head to Bob’s homeland to mark the anniversary.

The concert will feature as part of an annual month-long celebration dubbed Reggae Month It’s Kingston for February that will see Jamaica celebrate its roots as the home of reggae. Events include everything from family-friendly festivals and music performances, to food and cultural events, as well as international reggae conferences and lectures.  The month of celebrations will close with an exclusive awards ceremony by The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association on 28 February 2015 where reggae veterans John Holt and Hopeton Lewis will be recognised posthumously for their contribution to reggae music.

Those lucky enough to be in Jamaica for the landmark date and are looking to party in to the early hours, can head to Negril on the island’s west coast for the Bob Marley Birthday Bash, a week-long celebration in honour of the Three Little Birds singer. The Birthday Bash is now in its 23rd year and between 1 February and 6 February 2015 will invite visitors to enjoy a reggae party, live bands and tribute acts, all whilst enjoying the traditional flavours of Jamaica.

Reza is in Jamaica at the moment and will be contributing a story about the festivities for us.

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