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Ja, UK to celebrate Bob Marley's birthday

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Jamaica and the United Kingdom are set to stage a series of events to celebrate what would have been Bob Marley's 70th birthday on February 6.

The late iconic reggae star Bob Marley will be remembered in Jamaica with a landmark concert. Famous for worldwide hits such as No Woman No Cry and One Love, Marley will also be honoured by fans from across the world with a musical tribute to the man who dedicated his life to reggae music.

In Jamaica, activities to mark the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley's birth will take place on February 6 at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road and Tuff Gong Studio on Marcus Garvey Drive. The day's activities will include symposiums on reggae music and reggae jam sessions with Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid and No-Maddz.

Stars from the world of music will come together on February 7 at Kingston's waterfront to continue the celebration in honour of the music legend's contribution to reggae. Three of Bob Marley's sons - Stephen, Damian and Kymani, will headline the free concert, with other music legends including the likes of Tarrus Riley, Marcia Griffiths and Lauryn Hill set to perform to the crowds.

Social-media campaign

Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, Marley's home for many years in the 1970s, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is launching a social-media campaign asking persons to share details of how they plan to celebrate the reggae star's birthday. Persons who will be travelling to Jamaica to commemorate his birthday are asked to submit pictures showing individuals wearing rasta wigs in his honour, videos of future reggae stars singing Marley's songs or even those playing his albums, Legend and Exodus will be accepted. Participants can submit their entries by emailing or tweeting @JTBUK using the hashtag, #BobMarley70.

These celebrations form part of the annual month-long celebration of Reggae Month It's Kingston for February. The activities aim to use reggae music and its cultural significance to attract visitors to Kingston.

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