Bob Marley featured in Toronto’s Caribbean Celebrations

JASON ANDERSON on Bob Marley’s presence on Toronto’s celebration of Caribbean culture.

BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE: As Toronto gets lively with celebrations of Caribbean culture, you’ll most definitely be hearing the sounds of Bob Marley this weekend. What’s more, this year has already seen many tributes to the reggae icon since 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the singer’s death.

One of two films screened as part of Irie Music Festival — which runs July 29 to Aug. 1 at Nathan Phillips Square, Yonge-Dundas Square, Queen’s Park and other venues — Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley is a documentary about an event that commemorated Marley’s 60th birthday in 2005. His wife Rita and many of their music-making progeny traveled to Ethiopia for a concert attended by more than 350,000 people. Director Stephanie Black was also there to capture the festivities as well as the many vital, engaging discussions about Marley’s dreams of peace and unity for Africa and its people. Besides the surviving Marley clan, musical guests included Lauryn Hill and Angelique Kidjo. Africa Unite screens for free in Nathan Phillips Square on July 30 at 9:30 p.m.

On July 31 at the same time, the festival presents a free screening of another recent documentary about Jamaican music and its global impact. Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae reunites the makers of some of the smoothest songs of the ’60s, including Marcia Griffiths, Ken Boothe, Ernest Ranglin and U-Roy. Rita Marley also offers her take on Marley’s place in the history of rocksteady, the easy-going Jamaican musical style that spawned reggae.

For the original report go to http://www.toronto.com/article/693611–bob-marley-and-the-movies

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