Thousands of reggae enthusiasts and music lovers, both locals and tourists alike, flocked to Emancipation Park in Kingston, Jamaica, on Tuesday, February 6, to pay homage to music icon Bob Marley.
Hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports (MCGES), in conjunction with Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum, the second annual tribute concert commemorated the 79th birthday anniversary of the late reggae icon.
The line-up boasted an array of local and international talent, each artiste paying homage to Marley’s enduring legacy through soulful performances and heartfelt tributes. Esco Levy kicked off the festivities with a rendition of Concrete Jungle, setting the tone for an evening of musical reverence.
Slash, last year’s festival song award winner, captivated the audience with covers of reggae classics, while French singer David Parot enraptured the crowd with renditions of Zion Train and One Love.
Mexican singer Jah Fabio added a unique flair to the concert, channelling the spirit of 1980s Jamaican dancehall performers with his vibrant attire and infectious energy. Nadine Sutherland charmed the audience with beloved hits like Baby Face and Is This Love, igniting a wave of euphoria among concert-goers.
As the night progressed, a succession of reggae luminaries took to the stage, each delivering stirring performances that underscored Marley’s enduring message of love and unity. Andrew Tosh, son of the legendary Peter Tosh, paid tribute to his father and Marley with soul-stirring renditions of Get Up, Stand Up and Johnny B. Goode.
The evening reached its crescendo with a performance by the acclaimed reggae artiste Luciano, whose impassioned delivery of hits like Your World and Mine and Small Axe served as a poignant reminder of Marley’s unwavering commitment to social justice and equality.