Bob Marley’s music continues to touch the soul and spirit of millions of people. He is the premier reggae icon loved around the world. Black World Cinema presents his definitive story with the screening of the documentary – “Marley.”
“One Love”, “Get Up Stand Up,” and “No Woman No Cry” are just a few of Bob Marley and The Wailors most popular songs. But who is Bob Marley behind the music? Kevin MacDonald vividly captures this story in the documentary – “Marley.” At 12 years old, Bob Marley moved from St. Ann’s, Jamaica to the city of Kingston with his mother. Looking for a life out of poverty, Marley focused his efforts on music as a tool of spiritual and financial empowerment. Dropping out of school at the age of 16, he recorded his first single as a solo artist – “Judge Not.” His style mimicked the likes of 50s and 60s R&B groups, however, the single did not sell. Marley decided that it would be best to form a group instead of pursuing a career as a solo artist. Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailor, Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, Cherry Green, and Bob Marley were the original ‘Wailing Wailors.’ Again, popular R&B groups including The Temptations, Frankie Lyman & the Teenagers, The Drifters, and The Platters were the groups biggest musical influences. In 1964, The Wailing Wailors released the single “Simmer Down.” It became number #1 on the Jamaican music charts. From that moment forward, Bob Marley and The Wailors marked their path and musical legacy.
“Marley” is an incredible insightful journey of a musical icon. The film includes footage of recordings, concerts, and interviews from Bob Marley’s closest friends and family members. It is often a very intimate recollection of Marley’s deepest struggles, passions, and obstacles including being rejected by his father, his mixed race heritage, embracing Rastafarianism, Rita Marley and the Marley children, and his drive to reach people around the world through reggae music. Black World Cinema presents “Marley,” Dec. 5 at Lawndale 10 Theaters and Dec. 6 at Chatham 14 Theaters.