The annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Honorable Robert Nesta Marley (OD) will once again take place on February 6th, the anniversary of his birth. This year, the Marley Family and its group of companies honor the Jamaican musical icon’s 78th birthday with a full schedule of events under the theme “Easy Skanking 78,” utilizing the title of the lead track from Marley’s tenth studio album Kaya, released in 1978.
The cornerstone event of the birthday proceedings is the “Easy Skanking 78” virtual concert, to be held at the famed Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston. Hosted by media personality Elise Kelly, and featuring an all-star lineup of Jamaica’s brightest talents including Beenie Man, Patra, Lady G, Mortimer, and Khalia, the “Easy Skanking 78” concert will be broadcast live in North America on Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio (Channel 19) on SiriusXM and the SXM app at 5 pm EST on Sunday, January 29th.
Fans worldwide are invited to watch the entire slate of festivities, including an encore presentation of the “Easy Skanking 78” concert, by tuning in to the live stream on the Tuff Gong TV YouTube channel, which will run from 3 pm to 8 pm EST on Monday, February 6th. The live stream, hosted by media personalities Kamila McDonald and Dufton Shephard, will also feature a very special celebration of the life and music of Jo Mersa Marley, the firstborn child of Stephen Marley and the grandson of Bob and Rita, at the Bob Marley Museum in St. Andrew.
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Cedella Marley CD, Bob and Rita’s eldest child, is the CEO of the Bob Marley Group of Companies that produces this annual celebration. “Each year we look forward to honoring my dad in a way that highlights his legacy and is inclusive of our extended family, friends, and fans from around the globe,” said Cedella. “With so much trouble in the world today, we chose ‘Easy Skanking 78’ as this year’s theme. Now, more than ever, we need to cool down the temperature and ‘take a lift.'”