Liberia’s fast – growing reggae band called Imperial Castle recently thrilled many guests, government officials and ordinary Liberians at the Sunrise Beach in the diplomatic enclave of Mamba Point to celebrate Bob Marley Earth Day.
Bob Marley Earth Day is universally observed in February every year and it is set aside by lovers of reggae music and rastafarians around the world to continue to emphasize the need for black people to stick to the culture of identity.
The late reggae legendary Bob Marley was born on 6 February 1945. In the 36 short years of Bob Marley’s life, his iconic music evolved from ska to reggae rocksteady, and eventually into a blend of all three that, along with his wild dreadlocks, became his signature style.
Despite a diagnosis of malignant melanoma in 1977, Bob Marley continued to travel, perform, and record.
His last album, “Uprising”, came out in 1980, marking the start of a major European tour. After this tour ended, Marley’s final performance came in September 1980, as his health continued to deteriorate. He died in 1981 at the age of 36.
The event at the Sunrise Beach was held under the auspices of the Imperial Castle and ALAD – Liberia, a charitable volunteer mission organization.
It featured several leading reggae artists including Benjamin Sally, popularly known as ‘Action’.
Action held visiting guests to their heel, as he thrilled them with some of his latest musics like “Baby I Am Sorry” and “Let’s Get Serious” at the Sunrise Beach at Mamba Point.
The Roots Band made of reggae artists served as a backup to performing reggae artists gracing the event while the Roots also performed reggae songs it composed here.
Many kids also danced along with their parents at the event.
Roots brings together reggae music producers as well as performing reggae artists in the country.
By Emmanuel Mondaye –Edited by Winston W. Parley