‘Marley: A Family Legacy' Exhibition Will Pay Homage to the Marleys Musical Heritage
At the height of his career, reggae icon Bob Marley inspired anyone who believed music could impact the world for good. Bob Marley’s powerful, uplifting message behind the music continues to bolster the spirit of people globally. In honor of his gift, the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum will host Marley: A Family Legacy beginning February 9, 2022. The exhibition will run through October 16, 2022.
Inspired by their father, the children of Bob Marley carry on his work in their distinct ways. From early on, music played a significant role in the lives of the Marley children, which came by way of the Melody Makers. This group included a young Sharon, Cedella, Ziggy, and Stephen Marley. Later, after Ziggy and Stephen ventured into solo careers, other Marley children took to music and other endeavors, promoting the Marley message of justice and freedom. Sons Damian, Julian, and Ky-Mani Marley have made their indelible mark in reggae and hip-hop. Cedella Marley moved on to become CEO of her father’s estate while becoming the New York Times best-selling author of multiple children’s books. Then, the eldest daughter Sharon continues to back the principles advocated by her father.
Marley: A Family Legacy highlights the narrative of a new generation of Marleys, each an artist in their own right, each with the same devotion to sharing their truths through music the Marley way.
The exhibit artifacts include:
- 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 album cover of As I Am
- Rita Marley: I-Threes dress and wrap
- Ky-Mani Marley: Ovation guitar
- Damian Marley: Album proof for Distant Relatives
- Custom Bob Marley tribute edition Gibson guitar
In addition to soaking in all the heirlooms, guests will also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive drum lesson and “Learn How to Play Reggae Drums With Santa Davis.” Reggae drumming legend Santa 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. As one of the originators of the unique Jamaican drum style, Santa Davis, teaches how to create the one-drop reggae rhythm.
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