|Marley: ‘A Family Legacy’ To Be Exhibited In Grammy Museum
On February 9, Legendary Reggae Hitmaker Bob Marley and his family’s legacy will once more be on exhibition for fans to see. The event will run for eight months at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, ending on October 16.
“The Grammy Museum has a long-standing relationship with the Marley family,” Nicholas Vega, curator and director of exhibitions said in a statement. “These exhibits continue to honor and recognize the lasting legacies of the groundbreaking artist.”
In 2001, Bob Marley posthumously received a lifetime achievement award and was voted into the Song Writers Hall Of Fame in 2010. In addition, Marley was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
Bob Marley is renowned as one of the greatest reggae artists of all time. Frequent calls throughout the years for him to be named as a National Hero in Jamaica are still being echoed.
In 1984, Legend: Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers, a compilation of their work is one of the best-selling albums of all time and is currently 15 times platinum in the United States. It is one of only 29 albums to be certified at 15 million or more sales.
His music reflected the cries of the poverty-stricken and oppressed whilst being a powerful inspiration to all who tuned in.
Marley died of cancer in 1981 at age 36. His music is very relevant to this day; 4 decades after his death. His message and music continues to uplift people around the globe. His legacy is ever-growing and constant thanks to his children who all have their own unique approach to the Marley brand.
At the request of their father, the Melody Makers was formed in their pre-teens and consisted of his children Ziggy, Sharon, Cedella, and Stephen Marley. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers was launched into mainstream recognition following the release of their best-selling fourth album, Conscious Party which contained the hit single Tomorrow’s People and the number-one single Tumblin Down. Their fifth album, One Bright Day which contains themes of optimism and self-empowerment, was released in 1989.
In 2000, they toured worldwide for the release of their live DVD, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers Live (2001). In 1996 they sang the theme song for the animated children’s TV series Arthur.
After disbanding, Cedella Marley became CEO of her father’s estate and continues to publish numerous children’s books. Sharon, who is his adopted daughter, continues to advocate for principles championed by her father.
According to Billboard, most of the Marley family members have artifacts in the “Marley: A Family Legacy” exhibit. These consist of Sharon and Cedella Marley: Custom-made Catch a Fire clothing outfits by Cedella Marley; Ziggy Marley: Ovation guitar; Julian Marley: Dashiki top worn on the As I Am album cover; Ky-Mani Marley: Ovation guitar; Damian Marley: Distant Relatives album proof; Rita Marley: I-Threes dress and wrap; plus a custom Bob Marley tribute edition Gibson guitar.
Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive drum lesson dubbed “Learn How to Play Reggae Drums With Santa Davis.” Davis has played drums for Bob Marley, Augustus Pablo, Peter Tosh, and many other Jamaican reggae artists. Since 2003, he’s kept time for Ziggy Marley and his band. One of the innovators of the unique Jamaican drum style, Davis teaches how to create the reggae “offbeat.” Guests can take a seat at the kit for a reggae drum lesson, as reported by Billboard.