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  • Scores of music lovers braved the London Underground strike and bad weather to celebrate Bob Marley Day.
  • The event, hosted to mark Bob Marley’s birthday, also paid tribute to the late singer Dennis Brown, whose birthday was on February 1.
  • A minute’s silence was also observed for the late William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke of the band, Third World, who would have also celebrated his birthday on February 6.

Scores of music lovers braved the London Underground strike and bad weather to celebrate Bob Marley Day, at the Jamaican High Commission in London, on February 6.

The event, hosted to mark Bob Marley’s birthday, also paid tribute to the late singer Dennis Brown, whose birthday was on February 1. A minute’s silence was also observed for the late William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke of the band, Third World, who would have also celebrated his birthday on February 6.

Deputy High Commissioner, Mrs. Diedre Mills, who gave the official welcome said Bob Marley blazed a trail that very few could have conceived for a youngster born in Nine Miles, St. Ann.

“Very few people can claim the song of the Millennium (One Love); Album of the Century (Exodus) as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2001),” she added.

She said it was for that reason why the High Commission decided to mark February 6 in a special way and host the special tribute for a second year. Last year’s Bob Marley tribute had interpretation of Bob’s song in different genre of music. This year the focus was on Bob’s Love Songs.

To bring the event together the High Commission collaborated once again with the London-based performing arts charity, UK Unsigned, headed by Mr. John Downie.

This year’s performances included singer GI Joe; the poet, Miraculous; saxophonist Lacelles James; the trio, True Identity; Aysha Loren; John McLean; Teejah Prayze and the SLV Choir; Keith Mindlink; Cutty Williams and the Ciyo Brown Trio.