‘One Love’ foot­ball fest to cel­e­brate Bob Mar­ley

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL REG­GAE leg­end Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Mar­ley would have cel­e­brated his 71st birth­day on Fe­bru­ary 6. His boy­hood friend, Clive ‘Busy’ Camp­bell, or­gan­iser of the Bob Mar­ley One Love Fun Day and foot­ball matches, is invit­ing ‘friends in foot­ball’ to en­joy a cel­e­bra­tion of one of the world’s most uni­ver­sally revered per­son­al­i­ties this Ash Wed­nes­day.

The me­dia launch was held yes­ter­day at the Cuddy’z Sports Bar and Grill in New Kingston.

The event will be staged at the An­thony Spauld­ing Sports Com­plex in Ar­nett Gar­dens next Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 10, be­gin­ning at 4 p.m.

Ad­mis­sion is $200 for adults 18 and over, while chil­dren un­der 12 will be able to en­ter free. Those over the age of 12 will pay $100.

Camp­bell, a for­mer lo­cal foot­baller at Santos and a close friend of Mar­ley, started the me­mo­rial event two years af­ter Mar­ley’s pass­ing.

35TH YEAR

He re­called yes­ter­day that Mar­ley’s life was a short, but well-lived one.

“This is the 35th year that we are cel­e­brat­ing the life of Bob Mar­ley. We are pleased to be as­so­ci­ated with such a leg­end, a friend, a prophet and brother, who loved peo­ple and tried to al­ways help oth­ers,” Camp­bell pointed out.

Queen’s Coun­cil Ian Wilkinson, the Mas­ter of Cer­e­mony at yes­ter­day’s launch, re­called his fond­est mem­o­ries of see­ing Mar­ley as a boy.

“In life he was huge; in death he is even big­ger,” rea­soned Wilkinson.

Spon­sors Tuff Gong, through the Bob Mar­ley Foun­da­tion, de­liv­ered their mes­sage via man­ager Ali­cia Wil­liams, while Tari Lovell, spon­sor­ship man­ager of Dig­i­cel, also gave spon­sor­ship re­marks.

This year’s Bob Mar­ley One Love foot­ball matches will see En­ter­tain­ers’ In­vi­ta­tional, Masters and Celebri­ties, Ref­er­ees, and Tuff Gong In­vi­ta­tional teams vie for tro­phies.

There will be two Bob Mar­ley One Love tro­phies, plus prizes and sur­prises from spon­sors Dig­i­cel and the Bob Mar­ley One Love Foun­da­tion, among oth­ers.

Pro­ceeds from last year’s event were used to pur­chase com­put­ers for two ba­sic schools in the in­ner city, with the or­gan­is­ers hop­ing to do the same this year.

Among per­sons named to play so far are Reg­gae Girl Rhodes Scholar Sherona For­rester and team­mate Tashana Vin­cent, plus for­mer Reg­gae Boyz Ri­cardo ‘Bibi’ Gard­ner, Cor­nel Chin-Sue, Kevin ‘Pele’ Wil­son, Hec­tor Wright, and Dur­rent Brown.

Ref­er­ees Valdin Ledg­is­ter and Kee­ble Wil­liams will of­fi­ci­ate, while Char­lie B from France, Nomadz, Ai­do­nia, and As­sas­sin will pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment.

CON­TRIB­UTED

From left: French reg­gae singer Charly B; Reshima Kelly, as­sis­tant brand man­ager for Red Stripe; event or­gan­iser Clive ‘Busy’ Camp­bell; and Red Stripe’s Stacy-Ann Smith share a mo­ment dur­ing the launch of the Bob Mar­ley One Love Masters and Celebri­ties Foot­ball match.

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