February 6, 2014 |
Hear ye, hear ye. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has declared Feb. 6 "Bob Marley Day. " Toronto residents, get partying. The mayor, who gained fame by smoking crack and making outrageous public statements, is reportedly a big fan of Marley. In December he had his colleagues dancing to the reggae icon's "One Love" during a city council meeting. Ford isn't the first Toronto mayor to love Marley. It's a tradition that began in 1991 with Mayor Art Eggleton. Marley is esteemed by the Canadian city for his "message of peace, love and unity ," as a Facebook account attests.
March 14, 2013 |
First he was Snoop Doggy Dogg, then simply Snoop Dogg. Now, 20 years after the release of his debut single as a solo artist - the still-vibrant "Who Am I (What's My Name?)" - the laid-back rapper from Long Beach has altered his identity once again. And this time he's changed his sound too: Next month, Snoop Lion is to release a full-on reggae album called "Reincarnated," the product of an extended trip he and his crew took last year to Jamaica. "One king, one faith, one religion," he raps (in ersatz island patois)
August 10, 2011
A global social media campaign featuring a Bob Marley song was launched by some of the music industry's top stars on Tuesday to help stem the hunger crisis that is increasing in the Horn of Africa. More than 150 stars, including Lady Gaga, U2, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, are among the well-known figures using their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to urge fans to donate money to help the numerous families starving in the region. The campaign, called "I'm Gonna Be Your Friend," can be found at http://www.imgonnabeyourfriend.org . It shows a video by Kevin Macdonald of Bob Marley & the Wailers' 1973 song "High Tide or Low Tide" with footage of malnourished children.
July 7, 1987 |
When the Wailers kicked into the "We don't need no trouble" coda to Bob Marley's "War" on Sunday at the Roxy, the Jamaican band that was once led by the late reggae giant had no difficulty identifying with the lyric. The Wailers have seen little but trouble since Marley died of cancer in 1981. The latest blow came in April, when drummer Carlton Barrett was murdered in his Kingston, Jamaica home.
February 8, 2003 |
The Roxy throbbed with smoke and sweat Thursday as the Wailers celebrated the birthday of reggae icon Bob Marley, who died in 1981 at age 36. Despite the long absence of their late leader, the Wailers did not strive for mere approximation, but to re-create a classic sound with a precision and warmth worthy of their history.
April 20, 1986 |
The upcoming Wailers album "Together Again" isn't just your average reunion record. Besides Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Junior Braitwaithe and Constantine Walker, the lineup will feature the group's other original member: Bob Marley, the charismatic reggae singer who died in 1981. One disc of the double album will feature a compilation of songs the Wailers recorded in the mid-'60s for small Jamaican labels.