By BENJAMIN NJOKU
Rita Marley, widow of late reggae music icon, Bob Marley who was recently granted an honorary citizen of Ghana is expected in Nigeria as a Special Guest at this year’s Felabration festival.
Sources close to the organisers of the annual event, disclosed that, at a meeting in Ghana last week with Yeni Kuti, founder of the Felabration brand and Mr. Theo Lawson, chairman, Felabration Organisation Committee, Mrs Marley agreed to be a Special Guest Speaker at this year’s Felabration symposium. While this year’s symposium has, “Movement of the People : The Fela-Bob Marley Perspective” as its topic, the theme for the event, according to the organisers, is fashioned to rekindle the people-oriented messages which these two mega stars imbibed while they lived.
It is on record however, that both Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Bob Marley popularised the theme “Movement Of The People” in their various works. Fela’s political party was called Movement of the People(M.O.P) and he also released a hit tune that identified with that same title. On the other hand, Bob Marley equally had a hit album titled; Exodus: Movement of Jah People.
Showtime gathered that one of the sons of the late reggae legend will be performing with his band at the week-long festival which commences from October 14 through October 20. He is said to have agreed to break out of his current global tour to grace the event.
According to our sources, the late reggae icon’s son will be sharing the stage at some point with the the two sons of the Afro beat king, Fela, Femi Kuti and his younger brother Seun Kuti, who currently leads the Fela’s Egypt ’80 band.
For anything, Fela and Bob Marley never shared a common stage, despite the mutual respect they had for each other while they lived. But no doubt their children are poise to existing bridge the gap.
Rita Marley, who after the death of the Rastafarian advocate emerged a principle figure on the global musical scene is storming the country to rekindle the undying spirit of the black movement as propagated by her late husband.