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The stage is set for a Bob Marley commemoration show tomorrow at the Harare’s newly-opened joint, Big Apple. The bash brings together several local performing artistes who draw inspiration from the legendary reggae musician on one stage.

The event which is hosted by Black Spider Sounds will see artists such as Soul Jah Love, Shinsoman, Sniper Storm, Kinnah, Dhadza D, Guspy Warrior, Killer T, Jah Bless, Senator Vybz, Jay Cee, Platinum Prince, Junior Spice and Terminator among others.

Speaking to Herald Entertainment, one member from Black Spider Sounds, Trevor Jaera said all was going according to plan.

“Friday nights are a hit at the Big Apple. We chose to do early commemorations and we want to incorporate the Zimdancehall artistes who, especially on Friday night, have an impact at the Big Apple,” said Jaera who is popularly known as Selector Zyan. Jaera said he is working with Ras Trevor Hall on this project.

“This project is a brainchild of Ras Trevor Hall also known as Ras Jabu and we are working in partnership to celebrate the life of a reggae legend Bob Marley. We have also lined a up a lot of activities with some renowned top local reggae and dancehall artistes expected to grace the occasion,” he said. He said that the main idea of the show is to unite dancehall and reggae artistes.

“We want to bridge the gap between two generations such as reggae and dancehall musicians so that they understand the transformation such genres have gone through over the centuries,” said Jaera.

Jaera added that this year’s commemoration will run under the theme “Reggae in Progress”.

“We chose to run with the theme “Reggae in Progress” which signifies two things: reggae music has and is still progressing in the music industry and Zim dancehall has been born from the genre. We are also saying ‘thank you Bob Marley’,” he explained.

Apart from the entertainment by various artistes, Jaera also highlighted that they are planning to have arts and crafts exhibition on the same night.

The Bob Marley Commemorations have been held in Zimbabwe since 1987 with the traditional venue being the Harare Gardens. The event seeks to celebrate the life and times of the legendary Jamaican musician who put the genre on the world map and also popularised the Rastafarian Movement.

Marley was born on February 6, 1945 in Nine Miles, St Ann, Jamaica and died on May 11 1981.

Marley was awarded the International Peace Medal by the African delegation to the United Nations in 1978. He was also an official guest at Zimbabwe’s Independence celebrations in 1980, an honour Marley was quoted as saying was the highest he had ever received.

Source : The Herald