We all know that Bob Marley is considered the godfather of reggae music. Over the years fans of Marley have used his birthday as a celebration of the life he led and his influence on the reggae music genre.
The month of February is known as the Marley mania which started in 1998 and has featured multiple parties from the beach to the streets becoming a norm following the reggae King’s death in 1981.
The annual bash features the friends, family, and fans of the reggae icon making a pilgrimage back to the yard as a way to honor the memory and legacy of Bob Marley.
The entire nation of Jamaica and reggae fans around the world have rallied together to celebrate the icon with a whole week of back to back parties.
This year’s Marley mania week will be a little bit muted due to the prevailing global pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic has been ravaging the world and has taken a huge hit on international travel. Putting on hold many of the world’s festivities.
Bob Marley’s 75th birthday in 2020 was celebrated all over the world with different concerts, tributes. Ziggy Marley celebrated his father with a virtual mini concert
Other events held at J.J Bohemia featured Milele Roots from Chattanooga as the host. The festivities were themed as a celebration of Bob Marley, love, and the celebration of the alumni of Milele Roots chosen family.
Earlier this year Stephen Marley rounded up his father’s 75th with a mini virtual concert and interview on Ceek.com
This year’s celebrations mark what would have been the 76th birthday of the king of reggae.
In normal times the celebrations would have happened at the Bob Marley museum. However, in lieu of this year’s global pandemic, the festivities will be held virtually.
This year’s celebration will focus on the theme of “Survival” and will feature Bob Marley’s militant musical album. Despite the festivities being held virtually, they will follow the normal timeline starting at 7 Am ET.
Featuring performances from the second and third generation of Marley’s with messages from family members like Ziggy Marley being broadcast.
There will also be a Survival Cypher that will feature several artists like Kabaka Pyramid, Skip Marley, Agent Sasco, Tifa, Tanya Stephens, and Jo Mersa.
The Bob Marley virtual celebration will be featured on Marley’s social platforms as well as other platforms.\
Bob Marley’s fans will have an opportunity to have bought “Songs of Freedom: The Island Years” available in 6LP and 3CD that will was released on the 5th of February.
Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio will play the reggae icons’ music all day in-between their regular programming.