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Celebrate the life and music of a legend

Next Monday marks the 67th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest recording artists of the 20th Century. I speak, of course, of the venerable Robert Nesta Marley.

Bob Marley was, in life, a legendary figure. When he died far too soon, in 1981, he became a global icon. Marley was universally popular, and the first weekend in February has become an unofficial worldwide celebration of the life, music, and message that he blessed us with while he walked the earth.

Bermuda will be no different, as there are several observances of Bob Marley Day planned for this weekend. Many events will be small, intimate affairs, while others will be full out celebrations. One such event will feature a sensational line-up of local artists and deejays delivering a live concert and Bob Marley dance.

The BAA Gymnasium will play host to a very special observance of Bob Marley's life and music tomorrow night. Entitled 'Exodus,' after the renowned Marley album that Time magazine called “The greatest album of the 20th Century,” this exciting event promises to be a more than worthy celebration of his birth, life, and artistic contribution to the world.

Slated to pay tribute to Marley are local sound systems Y.G.S (the current two-time Soca versus Reggae champions), Blackstar, DJ Smokey, and 3 The Hard Way (Blacka, Gibbo, and DJ Donnie). Live renditions of Marley classics will be delivered by local artists Stevie Dread, Bobby Washington, Shorta Ranks, Sister Mandy, Shine Hayward, and Rivah. Patrons will be encouraged to sing along with local artists, as they sing their sweet songs of melodies pure and true (it's a pretty safe bet that you'll know the words!). Patrons are also encouraged to come out in their Red, Gold, and Green to commemorate Marley's chosen color scheme.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the event, which will kick off around 10pm tomorrow. Tickets for the event are only $15, and are available at Jamaican Grill, Kit 'n' Caboodle, Dub City, Fish 'n' Tings, and Lidz in St. Georges. Patrons who purchase tickets will receive a free CD of Bob Marley favorites mixed by internationally renowned DJ Ron Don of Worldbeat International out of New York City.

There will be numerous giveaways throughout the evening, and part proceeds of this event will be donated to the Bermuda Diabetes Association. A fully loaded celebration of a beloved icon's birth, a live show, a very generous ticket promotion, giveaways, and the chance to support the Bermuda Diabetes Association; what more can one ask for?

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Published February 03, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 03, 2012 at 6:03 am)

Celebrate the life and music of a legend

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