Bob Marley Celebrated: 75th Birthday Commemorative Plans Announced. ‘Redemption Song’ To Turn 40. New Video Revealed

THE MARLEY FAMILY, UME AND ISLAND RECORDS ANNOUNCE YEARLONG 75TH BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATIVE PLANS FOR LEGENDARY ICON BOB MARLEY

MARLEY75 To Feature Special Releases, Live Performances, Plus Rare And Unreleased Material from the Marley Family Vaults and Private Collection 
 

40 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ‘REDEMPTION SONG,’ CELEBRATED WITH NEW MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERED ON YOUTUBE 

WATCH
‘REDEMPTION
SONG’

The Marley
family
, UMe and Island Records
have begun to roll out their yearlong MARLEY75 commemorative plans in
celebration of the legendary cultural icon, Bob Marley‘s
75th birthday and 40th anniversary of the timeless classic “Redemption Song.” 
 
In honor of Black
History Month,
now underway, and to mark the beginning of
all MARLEY75
celebrations in 2020, the official music video for Redemption
Song”
premieres today on Bob Marley’s
YouTube channel
. Created by French artists Octave Marsal
& Theo De Gueltzl
, the breathtaking animation,
featuring 2,747 original drawings, uses powerful symbols to amplify the
magnitude of the song’s timeless lyrics and importance in today’s world.
The video highlights Bob’s contribution to the empowerment of black
civilization, as well as his manifestation of hope and recovery for all
mankind. 
 
Inspired by Bob’s homeland of Jamaica, as well as insights received from
his family, the artistic approach was to illustrate the imaginary world
of Bob Marley
in a way that highly stimulates self-reflection. “From the history
of Slavery and Jamaica, Rastafarian culture, legacy of prophets (Haile
Selassie the 1st, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X), as well as Bob’s personal
life, we take the audience on a journey through allegories and
representations.”  Marsal and De Gueltzl reveal. The opening
sequence invites the viewer into Bob’s guitar, a visual metaphor to Bob’s
mind, and our own, in a quest for Redemption. Also, drawing from
Rastafarian philosophy, another vital element of the video’s narrative is
about valuing nature, our Earth and the Mother Land.
 
Watch the powerful visual for ‘Redemption
Song’ HERE

 
The MARLEY75
celebrations will encompass all things music, fashion, art, photography,
technology, sport and film, providing fans unprecedented access to
archives from the legendary artist’s estate in new, thoughtful and
innovative ways. Together with YouTube,
new and exciting content is set to be released over the course of the
year. 

The inaugural
MARLEY75
music festivities kick off this Spring, the
first of many celebrations to come. Ziggy Marley and Stephen Marley’s Bob Marley
Celebration
will headline The BeachLife
Festival.
This special, collaborative appearance will
feature Ziggy
Marley
and Stephen
Marley
performing an extensive catalog of Bob Marley
tunes in celebration of their father’s 75th birthday at the three-day
immersive music, art, and culinary oceanside event.

In this digital era, Bob
Marley
remains one of the most followed posthumous
artists on social media, and MARLEY75
will serve to bring his music and message to the digital foreground,
reaching new audiences and perspectives with innovative content and
groundbreaking technology. Special live events, exclusive digital
content, recordings, exhibitions, plus rare and unearthed treasures will
also be revealed throughout the year.
 
Bob Marley‘s
music continues to inspire generation upon generation, as his legacy
lives on through his message of love, justice and unity, a sentiment
needed more than ever in 2020. In conjunction with Tuff Gong and UMe, a
division of the Universal
Music Group
, the
Marley family
will continue to ensure the highest
quality, integrity and care is taken to honor Bob’s legacy and to
celebrate one of the 20th century’s most important and influential
figures.
 
One-quarter of all the Reggae listened to in the United States, is Bob Marley.
Bob Marley’s
Legend
is the nineteenth-biggest selling album of all
time and the fifth-biggest selling Greatest Hits package in United States
history.
 
Throughout history, no artist has dominated the world of music quite like
Bob Marley.
A musical, political and spiritual icon of mythical proportions, both
poet and prophet, Marley was the first Jamaican artist to give voice to
the struggles of his people and the Rastafarian culture, and the first to
gain worldwide fame. October 2020 will see the 40th anniversary of Bob
Marley’s “Redemption
Song.
” Released in October 1980 and taken from his
ninth album
Uprising
(Island Records), the song was inspired by a speech
from Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey’s “The Work That Has Been
Done” and is considered by many as one of the greatest songs ever
written in popular culture. In a time when political unrest and
oppression feels more prevalent than ever, “Redemption Song”
maintains a poignancy and power and acts as a long-standing testament to
Bob Marley’s brilliance and voice for the people. Bob Marley‘s
music catalog has amassed billions of streams and sold millions of albums
worldwide, while his hits compilation, Legend, remains the world’s
best-selling reggae album and longest-charting album in the history of
Billboard’s Catalog Albums chart.
 
Tune in and subscribe to the Official
Bob Marley YouTube
channel here
for more upcoming content celebrating Bob’s legacy and contribution to
the world.
 
Additional information on MARLEY75
events will be revealed soon.

#BobMarley75

ABOUT BOB MARLEY
Bob Marley,
a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is notable not only as the man who
put reggae on the global map, but, as a statesman in his native Jamaica,
he famously brought together the country’s warring factions. Today, Bob Marley
remains one of the 20th century’s most important and influential
entertainment icons. Marley’s lifestyle and music continue to inspire new
generations as his legacy lives on through his music. In the digital era,
he has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous
celebrity, with the official Bob
Marley Facebook
page drawing more than 70 million fans,
ranking it among the Top 20 of all Facebook pages and Top 10 among
celebrity pages. Marley’s music catalog has sold millions of albums
worldwide. His iconic collection LEGEND
holds the distinction of being the longest-charting album in the history
of Billboard magazine’s Catalog Albums chart and remains the world’s
best-selling reggae album. Marley’s accolades include inductions into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994) and ASCAP Songwriters Hall of Fame
(2010), a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in
the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
(2001).  For more information visit: bobmarley.com and facebook.com/bobmarley
 

photo credit:
Dennis Morris. London, U.K 1973

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