Friday, February 6, 2015

Committed to Living: Bob Marley turns 70

There's many things to do, say, and celebrate in honor of Bob Marley's earth strong that lands today, February 6. From local celebratory happenings, to concerts, to never-released Bob Marley material from the family, we celebrate more than just the King of Reggae's earth strong; we celebrate his legacy! Today we honor this timeless icon of peace, style, love, & music that forever continues to inspire the world today.

On our playlist, is the just-released: digitally remastered Bob Marley Interviews: So Many Things to Say, which you can stream for free on Spotify, but you can also purchase this through iTunes here.  So Many Things to Say, is a rare thirty-five minute interview with Bob Marley from 1973, by legendary Jamaican DJ and journalist Neville Willoughby. The interview was recorded in Jamaica upon Marley’s return from the Burnin’ album tour in the U.S. and UK. The recording, combined with background tracks, has been digitally remastered and re-edited by Marley’s wife, Rita, and their daughter, Cedella Marley. Definitely a must-listen to get reacquainted with the King of Reggae.

Tuff Gong International, in partnership with Caroline Records, has announced the 2015 re-release of a number of rare albums from its distribution catalog. The albums feature classic performances from some of the best loved artists in reggae music including Sanchez, Tyrone Taylor, Nadine Sutherland, and Dillinger. Most have been out of print for more than two decades, and none have been available digitally.

Also in the news, Rolling Stones reports that the Marley family are granting Universal Music Group access to its extensive and private vaults of previously unreleased music to make for stocked reissues, video releases and new live albums.
One thing Bob Marley cinematic fans will want to watch out for is the Bob Marley and the Wailers' Easy Skanking in Boston '78- a never-before-released live CD/DVD. Footage from this gig was filmed on a handheld camera by a fan that Marley gave permission to stand front-and-center. The release is due out on February 17th. During their 1978 tour, in support of Kaya, Marley played a pair of gigs at the Boston Music Hall on June 8th. It's unclear whether Easy Skanking was culled from the early or late show, but both gigs feature the same setlist, with early Wailers tracks mixed in with legendary cuts like "No Woman, No Cry," "I Shot the Sheriff" and "Get Up, Stand Up."

If you're lucky to be in the birthplace of Robert Nesta Marley, then you'll need to know about all the happenings in town.
Reggae Month and Bob Marley Week events will take place all over Jamaica, with these highlights:
Reggae Month, It’s Kingston for February (Kingston, February 1 – 28): Organized by JaRIA (the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association), Reggae Month includes concerts, festivals and seminars that highlight the impact of reggae music on Jamaica's social, cultural and economic development. Reggae Month events include family-friendly festivals, music performances, food and cultural events, as well as international reggae conferences and lectures. Several events take place in Trench Town, epicenter of the early reggae scene, where Bob Marley lived as a young man.

Bob Marley Birthday Celebrations (Kingston, February 6): Activities marking the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley’s birthday will take place February 6 at the Bob Marley Museum and Tuff Gong Studio. The Bob Marley Museum is located at the musician's former home, always a site of pilgrimage for Marley's fans (as are his birthplace and grave in the village of Nine Miles).
Digicel Marley Tribute Concert (Kingston waterfront, February 7): Renowned music stars will join Bob Marley's sons in a free concert on Kingston's waterfront February 7 to celebrate the music legend's life and legacy.
Negril, 23rd annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash (February 1-6).

Wherever you are in the world, join the Bob Marley birthday tribute by following #Marley70 on Twitter.
For more on Bob Marley, including a fascinating timeline of his life, music and awards, see


Lastly, you should know about the #Share1LOVe project brought to you by the Marley family. In honor of Bob Marley’s vision of a better tomorrow the Marleys unite the world through acts of love. For everyone who uploads a video, they’ll donate $1 to help bring clean, safe drinking water to those in need. Visit the Bob Marley website for more details on how you can get involved!

Videoo will donate $1 to charity: water for each person who uploads their #Share1Love video to

How to participate:

  1. WATCH some clips, get inspired and boost your favorite videos up the playlist (or click here to learn more).
  2. RECORD a video (in landscape mode Record horizontally) up to 33-seconds showing how you bring love to the world, nominate 3 others, and sign off by saying "Share1Love."
  3. UPLOAD your video here using the ADD button.
  4. SHARE your video on your favorite social networks and nominate your friends to join-in.

Happy Earth Strong to the Gong, who still makes this world a better & inspired place to live in for all lovers of life!
One Love & Guidance from Karen Marley & the BBLA family! 

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