Adrian Frater (Jamaica Gleaner) writes that anticipation is running high in Negril as the resort town gets ready to host the 20th staging of the internationally renowned Bob Marley Birthday Bash, which will be held over four days, February 3-6, at the MXIII Lawn on One Love Boulevard (formerly West End Road) and at the Negril Beach Park. Clive Pringle, CEO of MXIII, says that Negril is expecting “the usually large number of Bob Marley fans from overseas.” See excerpts with a link to the full article below:
The four days will feature four separate musical and cultural experiences ranging from a night of Nyahbinghi drumming on Friday at MXIII Lawn, the big star-studded Bob Marley Birthday Bash on Saturday, again at MXII Lawn; the Original Dancehall Party on Sunday at the Negril Beach Park; and the Royal Bob Marley Celebrations on Monday at MXIII Lawn.
[. . .] As is customary, the Bob Marley Birthday Bash, which is being headlined by the likes of Jah Cure and Coco Tea, will be the main attraction. The line-up is completed by the veteran Admiral Tibet, House of Leeds recording star Iyahblazze, Droop Lion, Soul 4 Soul, Harry Chapman, Anthony Able and Canada-based recording artiste Robin Banks.
[. . .] For those who share Bob Marley’s Rastafarian faith, Friday night’s Nyahbinghi session should be very special as, in addition to the cultural drummers, there will be special guest speakers, a performance by the Jankonoo Dancers, and the lighting of a bonfire.
The Original Dancehall Party should be a special treat for all ardent dancehall fans as it will feature dancehall legends Brigadier Jerry and the colonel Josie Wales toasting on the Black Blunt and I African Vibes sound systems.
Monday’s Royal Bob Marley Celebrations should be a case of déjà vu for those fans who attended the first Bob Marley Birthday Bash 20 years ago. Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt and Rita Marley, who performed then, will be back this year to evoke memories of the years they toured the world as backup singers for the reggae king.
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