People all over the world are celebrating not only Bob Marley's birthday, but also his music, legacy, and message.
The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, and these events are sure to make you want to move your dancing feet! Ambassador David's Productions, your “Caribbean Connection,” is set to host the Bob Marley Birthday Bash Tour in various cities around Michigan.
So maybe that Midwestern weather won’t be as sunny and sweet as that of the reggae legend’s birthplace. Nevertheless, the event is sure to be a blast. Welcoming all ages with advanced tickets starting at just $16, the tour kicks off on Saturday, January 29, in Kalamazoo, MI at the State Theatre. Caribbean food, crafts, and the best sounds of the islands make this party one of the most popular Bob Marley birthday celebrations in the country.
Ambassador David Productions specializes in producing, promoting, and providing entertainment for different events all with a Caribbean theme that promises to “take you on a musical cruise through the Caribbean Islands focusing on the Island of Jamaica.” With a network of over 20 different Caribbean bands, and many musicians, DJs, and other entertainers, it’s no wonder Ambassador David Productions has put together over nine years of successful Bob Marley Birthday Bashes with this year marking bash number ten. The tour continues throughout February and March making stops through the Michigan cities of St.Joseph, Holland, Grand Rapids, South Bend, and Richland.Michigan is not the only state celebrating the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley; on Febraury 4th, New Yorkers will pack the Highline Ballroom for the 15th Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash with the Cannabis Cup Band (CCB). Since 1966, this band has been stirring up the New York City reggae scene, and its Bob Marley Birthday Tribute, another show which takes place the next day at BB King's Club and Grill, has sold out every year since it began in 1997. For information on CCB's Highline Ballroom Show on February 4th, visit www.highlineballroom.com. For information on their show at BB King's on February 5th, visit www.bbkingblues.com.
Born in the village of Nine Mile in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica, Marley would have been celebrating his 66th birthday this year. Through his music, Marley expressed an uplifting and politically energized message for social change. Since his untimely death in 1981, the Bob Marley legacy has truly taken on a life of its own from several posthumous albums, including the best-selling “Legend,” to a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2001 Grammy’s. He was also immortalized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that same year. Even Bob's widow, Rita Marley was honored just a few months ago with the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala for her tireless efforts to uplift the people of the Caribbean and Africa.
With a vast collection of timeless recorded music that candidly and accurately expressed people's feelings of joy, love, oppression, hope, resolve, and everything in between, it's no wonder peoplethe world over from all walks of life, all different cultures, and different ages want to celebrate the Marley legacy. In Dallas, Texas, A Tribute to Bob Marley, and the Wailers' Uprising Tour converge on February 5th at the Eisemann Center along with musical guests Local Culture and Rootz Underground. More info on this festival can be found at www.eisemanncenter.com
In New Zealand, the 2011 Raggamuffin Music Festival takes place on February 5th with a great line up of musicians including Bob Marley's son, Ky-Mani Marley, Mary J. Blige, Sean Paul, and Jimmy Cliff who will share the stage with New Zealand's biggest hip-hop act Che Fu & The Kratez. Visit www.raggamuffin.co.nz/2011/ for more information.
Another noteworthy festival commemerating the legend takes place on March 12 in Miami, FL. Though a month after Marley's birthday, the 18th Annual 9 Mile Music Festival appears to be well worth the wait; the line up includes four of Marley's sons, Damien, Ky-Mani Stephen, and Julien. This festival was previously known as the Caribbean Festival, and more info can be found at bobmarleymovement.com/wordpress/festival/info/.
In Denmark, SkyJuice Reggae Promotions promises a commemerative festival in Copenhagen with details in the works at www.skyjuice.dk/?p=1696.
No matter where you celebrate the life and music of Bob Marley, there is really only one rule: one love. I'm certain Bob would agree.