Celebrating Tuff Gong’s legacy through music, history, and cocktails.
One Love/People get ready. Bob Marley’s birthday is around the bend so Get Up Stand Up and get ready to Stir It Up all over Jamaica for countrywide celebrations. The land of wood and water’s most iconic son – apologies to current king Usain Bolt – was born on February 6 and his legacy is celebrated with Positive Vibrations more than 36 years after his passing.
Here are the best ways to get the most Bob out of your experience during his birthday:
Marley in Pictures and Film
If you fly into Kingston, you must visit the Bob Marley Museum at 56 Hope Road where the singer lived in his later years. There is a theater, photo gallery, and Marley memorabilia where you can learn all about his inspiring life. You can even see bullet holes in the wall, the result of an unsuccessful assassination attempt on the singer in 1976.
Jammin’ to Marley
Celebrating Bob Marley’s birthday without enjoying the dulcet rhythms of “Stir It Up,” “No Woman, No Cry,” “Three Little Birds,” and more is like going to church and leaving before hearing the sermon. Fortunately, you won’t have any difficulty finding concerts.
At the Bob Marley Museum on February 7, there will be a concert with host of popular reggae artists, including performances by his sons. All the way over on the west coast of Jamaica there will be the 25th Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash in Negril, with concerts from February 3-6. At Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, the celebrations will also be in full flight with a Bob Marley themed-night and live covers of his best hits.
Bob Marley Shot (the Sheriff)
Even if drinking wasn’t the pastime Marley enjoyed most… we are talking about soccer of course, you’ll want to experience the Bob Marley cocktail. At Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, the Bob Marley is served as a shot or frozen and made of grenadine, crème de menthe and 141 plus crème de banana – making it red, yellow and green like the Jamaican flag. They used to light it aflame, but that practice was doused as result of too many burnt lips.
A Nine Mile Excursion
Ditch the pomp and circumstance surrounding Marley – he’d like that – and visit his childhood home, it might be the best way to get to know the real Bob Marley. Most tours depart from Ocho Rios and you’ll see where he grew up, where Marley is buried, and walk through his hometown museum. The trip to Nine Miles takes a bit (1.5 hours from Ocho Rios) but you’ll get a sense of the interior beauty of Jamaica that helped convert him into an environmental activist ahead of his time.