Marley's Birthday

Marley's (Bob) Birthday

Week of February 6
A week-long Bob Marley Birthday celebration takes place every year over the course of the week of his birth date (February 6, 1945). Events center in and around the Bob Marley museum in Kingston, Jamaica. The museum is located at 56 Hope Road, where Marley lived during the 1970s and recorded many of the reggae-music albums for which he is famous. The celebration typically encompasses such events as symposia on Marley's life and work, films, lectures, learning activities for children, and of course a series of concerts celebrating Marley's music. In the past, Marley's four sons have performed to benefit Ghetto Youths, a charity that two of Marley's sons founded to help young artists get started in the music business.
The birthday celebration is sponsored by Tuff Gong Records International, the landmark Caribbean record company founded by Marley in 1965, which also runs the Bob Marley Foundation. Since Marley's death in 1981, the birthday celebration has grown in momentum, and it now draws hundreds of fans to his hometown.
CONTACTS:
Tuff Gong International/Bob Marley Foundation
350 Fifth Ave., Ste. 5101
New York, NY 10118
212-563-5173; fax: 212-594-1594
www.bobmarley-foundation.com/t31.html
Jamaica Tourist Board
1320 S. Dixie Hwy., Ste. 1101
Coral Gables, FL 33146
800-233-4582 or 305-665-0557; fax: 305-666-7239
www.jamaicatravel.com
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