Scheduled to be held under the theme Exodus, the celebrations are expected to be huge and have already garnered the support of several corporate entities including Digicel, Red Stripe, and Wisynco.
In a release sent to THE STAR, General Manager of the Bob Marley Museum Marie Bruce revealed that this year’s celebrations would be something not to be missed and noted that the celebrations would begin long before February 6.
“The Marley Family and Group of Companies will be on the move with several projects to commemorate the 72nd year. These include Tuff Gong International’s resumption of vinyl production with our Miami partners Sunpress Vinyl,” she said.
“We ask Jamaica to get involved as we honour the legacy of the legend,” she said.
Bruce also said that in addition to the celebrations, the Bob Marley Foundation would be looking to give back to those in need through their Uplift and Upgrade Eris Schader Home Project. Through this initiative, the foundation hopes to improve the lives of the residents of the Trench Town-based home.
Marijuana is expected to play a huge part in the festivities this year as there will be a symposium titled ‘Marijuana; The Sacrament, the Medicine and the Business’ to be held on February 6, the actual birthday of the iconic reggae singer.
In addition to the symposium, marijuana-based products will be on location. A pseudo lab will also be set up and will feature extraction demonstrations expected to give insight into the evolving world of cannabis.
Aside from the marijuana-infused activities, there will be the traditional activities such as the daybreak blowing of the abeng, Nyabinghi drumming, releasing of the doves, and the cutting of the ceremonial birthday cake.
The day will be filled with activities and will end with a reggae jam session featuring Marley 72nd Ambassadors, Jah9, Runkus & Dre Island, along with reggae artistes Feluke, Notice Heavyweight Rockaz, Iceman aka Slashe, Uprising Rootz, and Earth Kry.
The annual Redemption Live Concert by Digicel and Red Stripe is set for February 5 in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, and will feature headline acts Kymani Marley, Capleton, Richie Spice, Ikaya, and others.