This week, students from six basic and primary schools will spend a day at Tuff Gong International getting a behind the scenes look at the record-making process and the early days of the man who would become international music icon, Bob Marley. Marley’s music and philosophy have earned him larger-than-life status in the eyes of millions of people in Jamaica and all over the world. Yet, his life started out not very different from that of many of the children who will visit the company he founded more than three decades ago. As part of the tour two of Bob’s granddaughters, Donisha Prendergast and Zuri Marley, will read from two Marley-inspired children’s books; The Boy from Nine Miles and the recently released One Love.
More than 100 children will tour the compound to see how music is produced, mastered, and then manufactured into finished vinyl records and compact discs (CDs). After lunch, they will hear readings of the two books written by Cedella Marley (Bob’s daughter). The biographical Boy from Nine Miles shares the story of his birth in St. Ann up through his first move to Kingston. One Loveis a book based on the lyrics of one of his most popular songs. “These are the future leaders of our nation. We want them to know that no matter who you are or where you come from- maybe your parents don’t live together or you don’t have much materially; but your dreams can lead you to do great things with your life, both for yourself and your community.” Before leaving, the students will also get to go into the recording studio to make a record of themselves singing “One Love” and “Three Little Birds” to help them remember the outing.
The event is sponsored jointly by Tuff Gong International, Tuff Gong Books, and Walt Disney Music Group, of which Tuff Gong is the exclusive licensed Caribbean distributor.
For more information contact Lorna Wainwright at Tuff Gong international.