Celebrate Rita Marley’s 76th birthday with a live concert broadcast from Jamaica
Tuff Gong International officially kicks off its 76th birthday celebrations for co-founder Mrs. Rita Marley with a star-studded concert in Kingston, Jamaica.
Hear the live concert on Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio (Ch. 19) and the SXM App on Wednesday, July 13th at 5 pm ET with an encore at 8 pm ET as well as on Monday, July 25th at 7 pm ET (Rita Marley’s birthday), Wednesday, July 27th at 12 pm ET and Friday, July 29th at 3 pm ET. It will also be available to stream on the SXM App starting Thursday, July 14th at 12 pm ET through the end of July.
Hosted by DJ Amber (of IRIE-FM) under the celebration theme “One Rita: Royal & Rootsy,” the concert will feature musical performances from such present-day reggae luminaries as Tarrus Riley, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Carlene Davis, Shuga, Richie Spice Gem Myers and Chris Ellis. Last year’s concert was only the first time ever that SiriusXM had beamed a live broadcast event from Kingston, Jamaica, directly to its subscribers in North America.
Watch the birthday celebration livestream on the Tuff Gong Television YouTube channel on July 25.
About Rita Marley
Mrs. Rita Marley is the matriarch of the Marley family and a global reggae icon in her own right. No celebration in her honour would be even remotely complete without music. In addition to vocal support to Bob as a member of the I-Three (along with Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt), she has her own repertoire of classic solo releases, including “Who Feels It Knows It,” “Harambe,” “The Beauty of God’s Plan” and the worldwide cannabis anthem “One Draw.”
Music aside (or inclusive), Rita Marley is the trailblazer who spearheaded many important initiatives that helped to build the Marley legacy. This includes the world-famous Bob Marley Museum, established from her vision in 1986, and today a stellar attraction with almost shrine-like devotion from visitors. Under her stewardship, Tuff Gong International became a recognized leader in the recording and distribution of Jamaican music to the world.
Through these enterprises, as well as through her vital philanthropic and community-building initiatives (Bob Marley Foundation and Rita Marley Foundation), Mrs. Marley continues to honour her commitment to the works of her husband, her children and her people – by fulfilling her mission to enlighten, educate and entertain through her philanthropy and music.