Bob Marley died at the age of 36 in 1981 as the result of cancer; but he has left a multi-generational legacy of award winning children and grandchildren.
The family has taken his 1977 hit song “One Love” and “re-imagined” it as a charity release to aid children who have been affected by the Covid-19 virus.
Stephen, Cedella, and Skip Marley have joined together to create the new version of the song. Proceeds from the release will go to Reimagine – a global campaign from UNICEF. Jewelry maker Pandora has announced that they will match all donations dollar for dollar up to one million dollars.
A child when Marley composed the song, Cedella spoke on their choice saying, “Daddy wrote this song like 40 years ago, a long, long time. It just feels like right now in the world we need to have some different type of unity happening. Not just lip service, but real action. I think we’re going to bring this song to a generation that needs to know we do care. We do care what happens. We’re going to do a nudge and push and a shove and hopefully the message will resonate.”
Grammy Award winning brother Stephen added, “the song is very special because of (its) message. It’s a song of equality. One love meaning love for everyone, for all humanity. It doesn’t matter the color, creed or social status or anything like that. It’s appreciating the human family. ‘One heart, let’s get together and feel all right’. It’s a very important statement to my family.”
The song was recorded at Cedella’s Miami home. Bob’s widow and her mom, Rita came in to hear the song and gave her approval. “My mom, she came in and she listened, and she gave us a thumbs up and that seal of approval is priceless,” said Cedella.
An up and coming artist, Cedella’s son Skip has worked with Katy Perry and Major Lazer.
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