Marrying music and social consciousness to bring
“One Love” spirit to life!
For the second year in a row the organizers of the One Love Music Festival have found the perfect mix of music and charity to build their annual event around. Brainchild of Cedella Marley and Michael Rollins, executives of Tuff Gong International and Rose Hall Developments respectively, the festival aims to create an experience that pulls together the musical, cultural and creative offerings of Jamaica while also building on Bob Marley’s legacy of social empowerment. Funds raised from ticket sales go toward making a difference in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, environment and sustainable development at the grass-root level in communities across the island. Proceeds from last year’s festival went towards social projects undertaken by the Bob Marley Foundation, Rose Town Foundation and the SOS Children’s Home.
The festival, which showcases the best of local and international musical talents to raise funds for the wider community was something Marley said her father strongly believed in, “Dad always instilled that, with hard work, we can accomplish anything,” shared Cedella Marley. “The One Love Music Festival is a way to continue to spread his message and help empower people to achieve great things. We are bringing together a great fusion of contemporary and seasoned musical talents to provide an explosion of entertainment and enjoyment for persons of all age groups, while sharing a message of positivity and empowerment.”
In showcasing the power of music to bring people together last year’s line up included internationally acclaimed artistes such as Akon and Norwegian duo Nicco & Vinz, Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin, Jahmiel, dBURNZ and Skip Marley. Although at time of writing this year’s center stage line up was still being confirmed, the festival has confirmed that, in the true spirit of supporting and exploring the unearthed musical talent in Jamaica, a second stage will feature upcoming musical talents including Loyal Flames, NeeQah, Vitch and the winner of the talent explosion competition which will run in January 2017,
is already in place.
“Tuff Gong partnered with the Rollins family to launch One Love Festival as part of the annual birthday celebrations for my father,” Marley explained, “It’s meant to bring people together- on stage and off - simply in a spirit and moment of agape love for who we all truly are and all the good we can do together to lift each other up. The fact that One Love’s gate receipts go towards funding community development initiatives here in Jamaica is what takes our One Love message beyond the stage....it brings the One Love spirit to life”.
One Love Festival will be staged at
Rose Hall, Montego Bay on March 3-4, 2017.
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