Positive vibrations at Marley museum

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

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BOB Marley’s 72nd birthday celebration continued on Monday night with roots-rock reggae concert Exodus, at the reggae legend’s former home-turned-museum at 56 Hope Road in St Andrew. Red, green and gold colours illuminated the venue and patrons from all walks of life rocked to the sounds of the evening’s acts.

Feluke was one such act. He did a cover of Marley’s No Woman, No Cry and urged Jamaicans to "get involved" in preventing crimeagainst women. Marley’s message of peace and unity was consistent throughout the evening.

Uprising Roots Band took to the stage and invited veteran reggae singer Winston McAnuff, who thanked Rita Marley for helping him in his career. Juju Blood and Yung JR of the One Blood Family each had their respective sets.

Notis Heavyweight Rockers gave a good showing. They followed Marley 72nd ambassadors Jah9, Dre Island and Runkus.

The last started his set with his back turned to the audience with a dub poem alongside reggae act Royal Blu. Runkus sampled Marley’s Simmer Down and Barrington Levy’s Murderer.

Jah9 mentioned her support of "Wearing Black" to protest violence against women and children. She performed songs including New Name and Avocado.

Dre Island surprised many patrons with his skills on a baby grand piano as he delivered his new track Reggae Love.

The venue erupted when Damian, Julian and Stephen Marley entered the stage close to midnight singing their father’s Zion Train. Damian thrilled with songs like The Mission, Shoot Out, Move, Them Belly Full and debuted new music. Julian did his reggae song Let Me Go. Stephen performed The Traffic Jam and invited Beenie Man on stage, who sang a few lyrics before exiting. The brothers closed the night with a riveting performance of Exodus after inviting Wailer Tyrone Downie to share the stage.

— Sade Gardner



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