India.Arie, Angelique Kidjo and the Marley family join a roster of international music stars here next month to celebrate the 60th birthday of the late reggae legend Bob Marley – the first time the event has been held outside the singer’s native Jamaica.
Hundreds of thousands are expected to participate in a month of festivities starting February. 1 dubbed “Africa Unite” in tribute to one of Marley’s many famous songs. The highlight is Ethiopia’s largest ever concert on Marley’s birthday, February 6, in the capital, Addis Ababa.
Rita Marley will sing with Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt as the I-Threes, Bob Marley’s former backing group, on February 6. Joining them on stage will be Senegal’s Baaba Maal and Youssou N’Dour, Benin’s Kidjo, Reggae rapper Shaggy, soul singer India.arie and Marley’s children.
Other events include a film festival, an exhibition of African art, the Ethiopian launch of Rita Marley’s autobiography “No Woman No Cry – My Life with Bob Marley,” and conferences on the themes of African unity, women and youth.