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HUNDREDS TURN UP AT THE BOB MARLEY MUSEUM FOR BOB’S 70th BIRTHDAY!

 By Richard Johnson—

Marley men – brothers (from left) Julian, Ky-Mani, and Rohan were on hand to greet guests.—

THE life and legacy of reggae icon Bob Marley were celebrated at the late musician’s home-turned-museum at 56 Hope Road in St Andrew on Friday.

The celebrations marked his 70th birthday.

Members of the Marley family, entertainment fraternity as well as locals and visitors alike streamed into the venue for the celebrations.

Speaking to the Jamaica Observer, Marley’s daughter Cedella noted that it was a joy to see how many persons had come out to show love for her father.

Cedella, Karen

L-R sisters Stephanie, Cedella, Karen

She said it was important, especially for youngsters, to appreciate the way her father lived, which was reflected in the outpouring of love for him on his birthday.

Meanwhile, the Marley siblings are not ruling out the possibility of there being a collaboration among them to mark their father’s milestone.

Sons Ky-Mani and Julian noted that the idea has always been touted among the children.

“That idea is still a seed, we have no concrete plans, but the fact that we have discussed it means the project could bear fruit in due season,” said Julian.

Both Marleys are currently in studio working on albums which will be released later this year.

Ky-Mani’s self-titled project will drop in summer and comprises 15 tracks. The project sees him producing a number of the cuts and has collaborations with German artiste Gentleman, Canadian-Jamaican act Kreesha Turner, and Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu.

“I can’t wait to get on the road to promote this project. It’s been a while since I have performed in Jamaica and I really want the people here at home to hear the new music. It’s a great album… if I can say so myself,” said Ky-Mani.

part of the crowd that attended the Bob Marley Museum

part of the crowd that attended the Bob Marley Museum

Julian’s project is set to drop by spring and is yet untitled. He is just coming off a Brazillian tour with his father’s band, The Wailers.

“It was great performing in Brazil to sold-out audiences and just watching the reaction of the people to my music and the music of my father,” noted Julian.

The celebrations in observance of Marley’s 70th birthday continue today with a concert on the Kingston Waterfront.

Among the acts to perform are some of the Marley children, Tessanne Chin, Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, among others.

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