Today’s #1 reggae star is set to celebrate the career of the original Soul Rebel.
The 20th anniversary Bob Marley Day festival, honoring the late reggae hero, is set for three California cities during the last two weekends of the month, with two of the dates highlighted by Shaggy — the country’s top-selling artist.
The biggest of the three celebrations will be held in Long Beach, California, over President’s Day weekend. The lineup for February 17 features Buju Banton, Capleton, Baby Cham, Red Rat, General Degree, Ghost and Chakademus & Pliers. Set for the next day are Bunny Wailer, Shaggy, Ky-Mani Marley (Bob Marley’s son), Toots & the Maytals, Culture, Marcia Griffiths, Wailing Souls, Ras Michael, Sylvia Tella and David Kirton.
With his comeback record, Hotshot, Shaggy bumped Jennifer Lopez from the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart this week.
The dancehall singer also headlines the February 19 show at the San Diego Sports Arena, also featuring Toots & the Maytals, Marley, Don Carlos, Capleton, Banton, Mutabaruka, Griffiths and Judy Mowatt.
For the last weekend of the month, the celebration moves to San Francisco, where it will spread out over three days at Maritime Hall. Capleton and “special guests” play February 23; Don Carlos, Toots & the Maytals and Prince Rastan on February 24; and Capleton and Marley perform February 25.
Bob Marley, who died of cancer in 1981, was honored with a star on the Hollywood (California) Walk of Fame on Tuesday, which would have been his 56th birthday. Many in the crowd waved Jamaican flags during the ceremony, which was attended by his widow, Rita, son Robert and daughter Stephanie.