On what would have been reggae legend and humanitarian Bob Marley’s 70th birthday, the One Love Foundation is hosting a day-long concert with “conscious” artists at The Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz as part of the organization’s weekend celebration of Marley’s legacy, which continues to inspire people around the world decades after his death in 1981.
On February 7, The Catalyst will welcome Luciano, Harrison “The Professor” Stafford of Groundation, Prezident Brown, Admiral Tibet, Kenyatta Hill of Culture, Sister Carol, Reggae Angels, and Indubious, all of whom have donated their time and talents to share Marley’s message of “one love.”
“With eight well known reggae artists appearing, as well as other “teachers of love” this will be a seven hour inspirational musical journey into one love- unconditional love for all humanity,” said One Love Foundation founder and event director, Robert Roskind.
The event will be broadcast live and archived for future viewing at www.aglobalcalltolove.org.
More than a celebration of Bob Marley’s birthday, Roskind and his team want the event to inspire attendees to make the same commitment that Marley made – to devote their lives to healing the planet through love, forgiveness and justice. In addition to the musical performances, committed “teachers of love,” including indigenous elders, will relay video messages during the event. Video montages of Marley’s songs played by musicians from around the world, produced by Playing For Change, a global movement that uses music to bring people together, will also be shown.
Founded by author of Rasta Heart: A Journey Into One Love, a first person account of Bob and Julia Roskind’s journey through Jamaica as they learned about the Rastafari people and belief system that inspired Marley’s music, the One Love Foundation aims to further the work of Bob Marley and his message of unconditional love to a global audience.
All event proceeds over expenses are donated to the One Love Foundation; there is no corporate or government funding.
“On Bob Marley’s 70th birthday our goal is to invite everyone to do what he did, commit our lives to teaching and learning love,” said Roskind.
The day before the Catalyst show, the Reggae on the River group, which puts on the Humboldt County Festival each summer, will sponsor the One Love concert at the Mateel Community Center in Redway, Calif.
For more information go to www.AGlobalCallToLove.org.