MILAN – Yesterday, February 6th, was the 75th anniversary of the birth of Bob Marley. The legendary reggae star, who passed away in 1981, is being commemorated all this year by the Marley family, UMe and Island Records, who are launching plans for a celebration called MARLEY75. It’ll include new music, art, and more from the Marley archives that will be released throughout the year. At the Beach Life Festival in the spring, Ziggy Marley and Stephen Marley will put on a Bob Marley Celebration.
The kickoff for MARLEY75 began yesterday with a new official music video for “Redemption Song,” which came out 40 years ago this fall on Marley’s final studio album Uprising. The video was animated by French artists Octave Marsal & Theo De Gueltzl.
Bob Marley’S legacy lives on through his iconic songs, but not much is known about his second passion: farming.
Making the “One Love” crooner’s dream a reality, his son Rohan Marley co-founded Marley Coffee, an organic coffee plantation and “sustainable” farming business, in 2009. The business’ product is sourced in the Blue Mountains area of Marley’s homeland of Jamaica, as well as in Ethiopia.
The business has produced a full line of coffee products, including whole bean, ground, single-serve and fraction pack coffees. Two of its most popular, however, remain the Buffalo Solder Ground Coffee and Lively Up Whole Bean Coffee.
These two selections from the fair-trade certified brand that are both said to boast “rich-bodied” flavors that are easy to brew at home. Buffalo Soldier is made up of ground beans with hints of dark chocolate, while Lively Up consists of full beans that are roasted with hints of citrus.
Currently standing as two of shoppers’ favorites from the entire six-flavored collection (including one variety pack), Buffalo Soldier and Lively Up have reviewers raving about their robust flavors.