As a part of the year-long Bob Marley 70th birthday celebration, Ziggy Marley’s Tuff Gong Worldwide has partnered with 1World Chorus to reimagine some of the Marley’s most timeless songs. Celebrating Bob Marley is out April 28th – available digitally via iTunes, Amazon and Tuff Gong Worldwide.
This ten-track collection was performed entirely by Aaron Nigel Smith’s 1World Chorus – a collaboration of children 7 to 18 years of age, from Kenya, Colombia, the United States and Jamaica. Judah Marley, granddaughter of the late reggae icon, also makes a guest vocal appearance on the Wailers’ classic “Bend Down Low.” These talented young musicians performed everything from the first drumbeat to the last vocal take, tracking the album over 18 months in studios around the world. During the production process, the children strengthened their own musicianship and learned basic recording techniques.
Bob Marley had an affinity for sharing music with children, teaching them his own music, guiding them to form Ziggy Marley & Melody Makers, and penning their first song “Children Playing in the Streets.” Marley’s love for sharing music with children also shines through in the timeless “Is This Love” video. Celebrating Bob Marley reinforces how deep Marley’s musical imprint and message of “One Love” continues to reach, resonating with kids of all ages.
The album includes re-imagined performances of some of Marley’s most beloved tunes, including “Jamming,” “Three Little Birds,” “No Woman No Cry,” “Smile Jamaica,” “Bend Down Low,” “Wake Up and Live,” “One Love,” “Lively Up Yourself,” “Is This Love,” and “Redemption Song.” In addition to providing free music workshops to schools participating in this special project, a portion of sales will benefit these music programs. Furthermore, 1World Chorus has partnered with some of the nation’s leading companies to provide on-going support of the project. Remo Drums, Martin Guitars and Guitar Center have all donated musical instructions to the schools, with Keen Footwear donating socks and shoes to the students.
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