Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Jamaica marks Marley's birthday

Tourists and musicians have marked what would have been Bob Marley's 68th birthday
Tourists and musicians have marked what would have been Bob Marley's 68th birthday

Hundreds of tourists have joined Rastafarian priests and reggae musicians at Bob Marley's old house in Jamaica to mark what would have been the star's 68th birthday.

Since his death from cancer in 1981, Marley has become more than just Jamaica's most famous musical export. His message of unity and respect remains a beacon of hope in the Caribbean nation which is struggling with unemployment and violence.

On Wednesday, some of Marley's friends and relatives danced and chanted to the pounding of drums in the yard of his Kingston home, which is now a museum.

Culture Minister Lisa Hanna said his lyrics still call for Jamaicans to create a "more wholesome, caring, peaceful and progressive society".

Marley's popularity remains strong across the globe, and his music continues to sell steadily.

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