The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Thurs­day, Jan­uary 14, 2016: Tuff Gong In­ter­na­tional, un­der the di­rec­tion of CEO, Cedella Mar­ley, will stage the first an­nual One Love Mu­sic Fes­ti­val on Fe­bru­ary 4 - 5, 2016, at Rose Hall Great House Lawns and Aqueduct, in Mon­tego Bay, Ja­maica.

The fes­ti­val is a fundrais­ing event to cel­e­brate Bob Mar­ley’s life and legacy by sup­port­ing lifechang­ing projects in education, the en­vi­ron­ment and poverty re­lief through the Bob Mar­ley Foun­da­tion in part­ner­ship with the Rose­town Foun­da­tion and Sandals Foun­da­tion. It will com­prise a gala re­cep­tion and a live con­cert fea­tur­ing in­ter­na­tional acts Akon, Sevyn Streeter, Ky­mani Mar­ley, Ju­lian Mar­ley, Skip Mar­ley and a host of lo­cal per­form­ers.

“Dad al­ways in­stilled that, with hard work, we can ac­com­plish any­thing,” shared Cedella Mar­ley. “The One Love Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is a way to con­tinue to spread his mes­sage and help em­power peo­ple to achieve great things. She went on to say, “We are bring­ing to­gether a great fu­sion of con­tem­po­rary and sea­soned mu­si­cal tal­ents to pro­vide an ex­plo­sion of en­ter­tain­ment and en­joy­ment for per­sons of all age groups, while shar­ing a mes­sage of pos­i­tiv­ity and em­pow­er­ment.”

On Fe­bru­ary 4, the starstud­ded gala re­cep­tion takes place on the lawns of Rose Hall Great House. VIP pa­trons as well as lo­cal donors and part­ners will have the op­por­tu­nity to min­gle with a host of in­ter­na­tional celebri­ties and en­joy the in­ti­macy of un­plugged and up-close live per­for­mances. Celebrity chefs from the is­land’s top ho­tels will have sta­tions of gourmet dishes to tan­ta­lize the taste buds.

On Fe­bru­ary 5, the One Love Con­cert will be at the Rose Hall Aqueduct. It will star liv­ing leg­ends and mu­sic leg­ends in the mak­ing, from all gen­res, in never be­fore seen and un­ex­pected com­bi­na­tions. The third gen­er­a­tion of Mar­ley mu­sic mavens is also set to make their Ja­maican stage de­but at the con­cert.

“Rose Hall is pleased to cel­e­brate the life of Bob Mar­ley not just with amaz­ing mu­sic which rep­re­sents what he stood for but with the mean­ing­ful work our foun­da­tions will do with funds raised through th­ese events. This pas­sion for the Ja­maican peo­ple is truly the heart of Rose Hall,” said Michael Rollins, Pres­i­dent of Rollins Ja­maica.

“My father be­lieved that the great­ness of a man is not in how much wealth he ac­quires, but in his in­tegrity and his abil­ity to af­fect those around him pos­i­tively,” re­flected Cedella. “The Bob Mar­ley Foun­da­tion has part­nered with Rose­town Foun­da­tion and Sandals Foun­da­tion, en­ti­ties that share this vi­sion, in or­der to present the One Love Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and we are very ex­cited about the first stag­ing,” ended Mar­ley.

Pa­trons can visit the One Love Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Face­book page at www.face­book.com/1love­mu­sicfest for ticket in­for­ma­tion and other de­tails.

Tuff Gong CEO Cedella Mar­ley.

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