Rototom Sunsplash 2011 will celebrate Bob Marley with a whole section of cultural events. We have invited blessed people who had the chance to know him and work with him and people who spent their lives spreading his vibes and his message to the world, to join and share their experiences, memories and feelings with us.
A PERMANENT PHOTO EXHIBITION
BOB MARLEY. A group photo-exhibition
In collaboration with Phocus Agency, Nital, Alberto Castelli, BobMarleyMagazine.com
by Roger Steffens (USA)
The life of Bob Marley.
Tusday 23th, 7.00 pm
Two hours of unreleased films and videos – home movies, rehearsals, a long-suppressed documentary on the assassination attempt on Bob's life in 1976, plus unseen live shows and interviews. In between the clips, he tells Bob Marley's life story, based on interviews with the surviving Wailer, Bunny Livingston, and with his band, family and friends done over four decades.
While he speaks, a stream of unpublished photographs are projected behind him, many of them taken by Steffens when he spent two weeks on the "Survival" tour with the Wailers in 1979.
REGGAE UNIVERSITY SESSIONS
Chaired by: David Katz (USA/UK), Ellen Koelhings & Pete Lilly (DE) and Pier Tosi (IT)
BOB MARLEY. THE ISLAND YEARS
with Vivien Goldman (University of New York) and Chris Salewicz (writer, UK)
info coming soon
WHEN Sunday 21st at 6.40pm
No Woman No Cry.
With prof. Carolyn Cooper (University of Kingston) and Rita Marley.
info coming soon
WHEN Monday 22nd at 7pm
With the participation of the film-directors.
Bob Marley. The Making Of A Legend.
By Esther Anderson and Gian Godoy (2011, UK).
Language: English. Subtitles: Spanish.
WHEN Saturday 20th at 7.00pm, with the participation of the film-directors.
Re-run at 2.00am.
Based on footage shot in the early seventies and lost for more than thirty years, "Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend" takes us on a journey to the Caribbean islands, to Jamaica and into 56 Hope Road, Kingston, to see and hear the young Bob Marley before he was famous. While exploring the powerful relationship between Esther and Marley, the film shows us the Wailers' first rehearsal, when the idea of a Jamaican supergroup like the Beatles or the Stones was still just a dream, and sits in on the launch of their international career with "Get up Stand up", "I Shot the Sheriff", and the "Burnin'" and "Catch a Fire" albums that brought to the world Reggae music and Rasta consciousness together as one, starting a revolution that would change rock music and contemporary culture.
La Notte Del Leone (The Night of the Lion).
By Giorgio Carella (2002, Italy)
June 27th, 1980, Milan. Bob Marley played at San Siro Stadium which opened its doors to music concerts for the first time. It was the most important concert in his life, 100000 people, just a year before he started another tour, away from this world. Italy, the cursed country that had deposed his God on earth, the Lion of Judah, Ras Tafari, Haile Selassie emperor of Ethiopia in 1936, finally escaped the 70s rough years and four seasons of musical silence. Reggae changed some people's lives: the fruitful rhythm broke in and it was so easily transformable by dialects and sounds, and ready to become the voice of thousands of ghettos that lie on cities margins. Some only wanted to dance...smoke and dance...In any case, Bob seemed happy.
WHEN Saturday 24th, 6.00pm, with the participation of the film-director.
Re-run at 2.00am.
Language: Italian. Subtitles: English.
with activists from the national reggae scene.
With Josetxo Mintegi (researcher), Carlos Monty (journalist), David Vilches (journalist), Sergio Monleon (artist).
Chaired by: Jaime Bajo (journalist, ACR).
Robert Nesta Marley is a pillar of reggae and of Jamaican culture in general, but there is more to him than just this. He is also the author of an exhaustive collection of everlasting hymns carrying a rebellious, spiritual, love and nonconformity message that has not lost a bit of its power. He is an icon, symbolizing the upcoming of the third world and the need to stand up to deceivers, frauds and the powerful through music as means of expression and agitation.
His influence on other people is huge and a very good example of this can be found in the speakers of this debate. Josetxo Mintegi ("Junto a los ríos de Babilonia") and Carlos Monty ("Positive Vibration") are journalists and authors of Spanish reference works on Bob Marley; Sergio Monleón is a guitarist and founder – in 1982 – of the first Spanish reggae band, Jah Macetas; David "Dr.Decker" Vilches hosts a long-standing radio show dedicated to Jamaican music on Sound System Fm.
WHEN Wednesday 24, 4.00pm
BOOKS & READINGS
Bob Marley. The Untold Story.
By Chris Salewicz (Harper Collins, London 2009)
Chris Salewicz has written a insiders look into the life, music, and era of Bob Marley. He not only interviewed Marley (in 1979), but has interviewed many people who knew Marley well during various stages of his life. This book has many details that are missing from other books on Marley. What makes it interesting is the day-to-day detail Salewicz inserts throughout. The background on Marley's early life (walking to school in his uniform for instance) is in juxtaposition to the later Bob Marley recognized for his music and his politics. We also get a glimpse into Jamaican recording studios and Marley's first attempts at recording. We also learn about Rita Marley, and how she came to play a large part in Marley's life, about Marley's peace efforts, the attempt on Marley's life, and much more. Of primary importance to reggae listeners is the formation of his band THE WAILERS. Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh were important in Marley's life, and they are given due space in this book to show how they both shaped the music, along with the other members of the band. Along with details on the recording of the many classic albums by THE WAILERS, we also see how the Rastafari beliefs of Marley and his band played a large part in both the music and in life outside of music. This is not a "tell all" book, but a deep, inside look into Marley's life and world. For those wanting to learn the many small and large details of Marley, Jamaica, music, and the people in his life-this is the book to read.
WHEN: Sunday 21st, 6.00pm
The Book of Exodus. The Making & Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers' Album of the Century.
By Vivien Goldman (Three Rivers Press, New York, 2006)
Described as "vivid and intimate" by Rolling Stone, The Book of Exodus: the Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers' Album of the Century (Three Rivers Press/Random House,) reveals a hidden yet crucial period in Marley's life and music. Exodus focusses in great detail on the arc of Marley's story between the politically motivated attack on his life in 1976, the Smile Jamaica concert, Marley's exile in London while making Exodus, the Punky Reggae Party which Marley named, and his triumphant return home to Jamaica in 1978 for the One Love Peace Concert. There are many Marley books and will doubtless be more; but Goldman's book is acknowledged to be the most personal, as she was his trusted chronicler, staying at his Kingston home right before gunmen broke in; being in the studio with him in Jamaica and Britain while he recorded Smile Jamaica and Exodus and travelling with him on the road. Her close connection and access to Marley and his world makes Exodus a unique insight into Marley, the man behind the legend, and his creative process. Inspired by the Rasta reasonings Marley loved so much, the book also examines the meaning of Exodus itself, and its interpretations by other artists who, like Marley, were drawn to its timeless saga of redemption.
READING: Sunday 21st, 6.20pm
Chant Down Babylon: From
By Carolyn Cooper (UWI, Jamaica) from her book: Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large (2004)
info coming soon
WHEN Monday 22nd, 7.00 pm
Ho sognato Bob Marley (I dreamed of Bob Marley).
By Alberto Castelli
Soundtrack: Mercy Far I.
Special guest: Bunna of Africa Unite
Words, music and images that tends to a radio show format. The reading will switch from words, to selected music pieces, to the participation of Bunna - Africa Unite's lead vocalist - who will be commemorating Bob Marley through some of his most popular and beloved songs. To dream and remember Bob Marley.
Inspired by the book "Africa Unite. Il sogno di Bob Marley" by Alberto Castelli and Maria Carla Gullotta (Ed.Arcana, Italia)
WHEN Wednesday 24th, 7.00 pm