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Music marks Marley milestone

Thursday, December 07, 2017

BOB Marley Museum in St Andrew resonated with the sounds of reggae music on Saturday.

The occasion, the 41st anniversary of the Smile Jamaica Concert, saw performances by acts including Runkus, Leo Banton and Royal Blu.

Part proceeds from the event will be used to fund a music room at the Haile Selassie High School on Spanish Town Road. The initiative is under the theme: Make Someone Smile.

“The Bob Marley Museum is committed to honouring and celebrating the legacy of Bob Marley. As such, we were happy to use this memorable moment in Marley's life to reinforce hope and to raise funds to contribute to the refurbishment of a music room at the Haile Selassie High School. Through the unveiling of the Rita Marley mural, we were also able to pay tribute to Dr Rita Marley for her vision in establishing the Museum and the Bob Marley Foundation,” said Marie Bruce, general manager of the Bob Marley Group of Companies.

The mural is the work of Canada-born, Jamaica-based artist Charl Baker.

The opportunity was also used to launch the museum's night tour which was introduced by a drumming performance by the students of Haile Selassie High and words of welcome by Rohan Marley.

“Smile Jamaica is undoubtedly about Bob Marley's iconic performance, but it is also a tribute to Dr Rita Marley who was injured in the December 2, 1976 attack, yet bravely went on to give a phenomenal performance two days later at the Smile Jamaica concert alongside Bob Marley. We salute this remarkable queen for her bravery, her commitment to music and her philanthropy,” said marketing manager Lecia-Gaye Taylor.

The Smile Jamaica Concert, which saw Bob Marley and The Wailers in performance, was held on December 5, 1976 at the National Heroes Park in Kingston. Marley died of cancer in May 1981. He was 36.