All sys­tems go for Smile Ja­maica Con­cert next month

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Shere­ita Griz­zle Gleaner Writer en­ter­tain­ment@ glean­

THE HOME of the late reg­gae le­gend Bob Mar­ley will come alive on De­cem­ber 3 with a huge mu­si­cal cel­e­bra­tion com­mem­o­rat­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of the his­toric Smile Ja­maica Con­cert.

The con­cert is part of the Bob Mar­ley Mu­seum’s plans to hon­our the mem­ory of the late reg­gae icon, 40 years af­ter an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt on his life. The con­cert will be held at the Bob Mar­ley Mu­seum at 56 Hope Road. Al­ready, a host of estab­lished reg­gae acts, as well as up-and-com­ing en­ter­tain­ers, have been booked for the event. The con­cert will fea­ture per­for­mances from the likes of Up­ris­ing Rootz Band, Dre Is­land, Kelissa, Black Hero, Feluke, and Stephen Mar­ley. A num­ber of spe­cial guest per­form­ers are also ex­pected to grace the stage.

To en­sure proper ex­e­cu­tion of the con­cert, the Mar­ley fam­ily has joined ef­forts with Grizzly’s Plan­ta­tion Cove and PDP En­ter­tain­ment, both serv­ing as co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers for the grand re­turn of the event, fol­low­ing a nine-year hia­tus.


Pratik Ru­par­ell, co-founder of PDP En­ter­tain­ment, promised to carry on Mar­ley’s vi­sion and mes­sage through the event.

“Soul­ful town, soul­ful peo­ple, this is Ja­maica as seen through the eyes of Bob Mar­ley,” he said. “Those same lyrics res­onated on the night of De­cem­ber 5, at Smile Ja­maica, 40 years ago. It is our aim, through this event, to carry on this vi­sion and mes­sage, on De­cem­ber 3, 2016 and in 2017.”

In a re­lease sent to The Gleaner, Marie Bruce, gen­eral man­ager of the Bob Mar­ley Mu­seum, ex­plained the sig­nif­i­cance of host­ing the event.

“The Smile Ja­maica event sym­bol­ises a defin­ing mo­ment in Bob Mar­ley’s life,” she said. “On Pres­i­dent Obama’s re­cent visit to the mu­seum, it was the part of the tour guides’ pre­sen­ta­tion which made the most im­pact on him, prompt­ing him to quote Bob in his speech at UWI, ‘If the bad guys don’t take a break, then why should I.’ These fa­mous words were spo­ken by Bob when he was asked why he still per­formed af­ter the as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt. For this rea­son, we con­tinue to hon­our Bob’s vi­sion.” The iconic Smile Ja­maica Con­cert was first held on De­cem­ber 5, 1976 and was head­lined by reg­gae le­gend Bob Mar­ley. The first Smile Ja­maica event served as a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort by Bob Mar­ley and the Wail­ers and the then cul­tural sec­tion of the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice. Mar­ley de­liv­ered a pas­sion­ate 90-minute set, days af­ter be­ing in­jured in an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt. The con­cert was held in a po­lit­i­cally charged Ja­maica at the Na­tional He­roes Cir­cle be­fore a crowd of more than 80,000 peo­ple.

The con­cert to be held at 56 Hope Road on De­cem­ber 3 is ex­pected to run from 4 p.m.

to 10 p.m.



Dre Is­land


Stephen Mar­ley

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