The occasion was the singer’s annual birthday concert. [Marley] would have turned 73.
And in true Marley fashion, the celebration was complete with music, dance, and of course, ganja, which permeated the air.
Lecia-Gaye Taylor, group marketing manager of the Bob Marley Group of Companies, was pleased with the turnout and reception.
“Our original concern was the date. We thought a mid-week event would see a small crowd, especially at the time. However, the size of the crowd was so much that for the 12:00 pm private ceremony, the decision was made to let them in and participate. By late evening, the venue was filled to capacity giving us a phenomenal attendance,” she told the Jamaica Observer.
Hundreds of guests packed the venue and jammed to music until the concert’s midnight cut-off.
For a second year, the event boasted live-streamed performances.
“What was new was that the performances of the Marleys — Skip, Stephen, Damian, and Julian, which was streamed from Miami, Florida, to Jamaica… The stream of the concert portion from Miami was done as each Marley brother had their own obligations in the United States, making it difficult to transport them to Jamaica. The stream from Miami was the easiest solution,” said Taylor.
“We had concerns that people would have been disengaged; however, it was well received as nobody moved.”
Betty Wright, Mr Vegas and Baby Cham also shared the spotlight from the Lion’s Den Studio in Miami.
On the local stage, there were performances from Blvk H3ro, Adahzeh band, Fantan Mojah, Junior Kelly, Iba Mahr, Bugle, Agent Sasco, Richie Spice and Junior Reid.
Taylor said the concert is living up to expectations.
“The birthday celebration is part of the mandate put forward by the Marley family to honour Bob’s legacy. To this end, they’re adamant that the event be done and executed well as it’s also giving back to Jamaica, a tribute to Bob Marley and Rastafari. It’s surpassing expectations.”
Marley died on May 11, 1981. He was 36.
— Observer writer Rory Daley contributed to the story.
By: Brian Bonitto