Rastafarians Celebrate Bob Marley's Birth, Joined by Orthodox and Muslim Leaders

February 2, 2005

Source: iafrica.com

Wire Service: AFP


On February 2, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "Month-long festivities got under way in Ethiopia on Tuesday to mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of the late legendary reggae superstar Bob Marley, who was cut down by cancer aged 36 back in 1981. The opening ceremony was attended by an invited audience of 200 in the town hall of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, the country Jamaican-born Marley regarded as his spiritual home because of his Rastafarian religious beliefs. Those present included members of the Rastafarian community, the city mayor, local leaders of the Orthodox and Muslim religions, and members of Marley's own family, including his mother Cedella Marley Booker, aged 80."