One love still

THE One Love Reggae Festival was held under the theme ‘Africa Unite’. Right, dancehall queen Ruth Ronnie feeling the music during the One Love Reggae Festival. PICTURES: COLLINS PHIRI

THE theme is undoubtedly one Bob Marley would have approved of. On his 1979 album Survival, Bob Marley’s song Africa Unite talked about how good it would be before God and man to see the unification of all Africans.
To mark the 38th anniversary of the death of Bob Marley, credited with taking reggae music to the world from its origins in Jamaica, Shakarongo Music, who were the organisers of the One Love Reggae Festival at Mika Convention Centre last Saturday, in conjunction with Zirbo Zambia, chose Africa Unite as the theme.
The reason for the theme was simple, but nonetheless significant; they wanted to sing against the xenophobic attacks by Africans on Africans in countries like South Africa.
That is reggae music at its best. This was the first Jah Night that was being staged by Shakarongo Music since the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) added reggae music to its cultural heritage list. Of course Shakarongo Music has been organising what is the biggest reggae event in the country for the past 28 years.
In recognising reggae on its cultural heritage list, UNESCO acknowledged that its lyrics often address political and social issues as well as love and everyday life.http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/


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