Birthday beats: There will be a dance to celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday at the BAA Gymnasium on Saturday, February 4 from 9pm. *Creative Commons photo by Eddie Mallin
Birthday beats: There will be a dance to celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday at the BAA Gymnasium on Saturday, February 4 from 9pm. *Creative Commons photo by Eddie Mallin

FRIDAY, JAN. 27: He was born in a tiny village in Jamaica called Nine Mile and grew to be one of the most iconic musical artists in the world.

He is Robert Nesta Marley, known worldwide simply as Bob.

And next weekend is his birthday so it would only be fitting that celebrations would take place in Bermuda.

On Saturday, February 4, an event will be held to celebrate the life and legacy Marley called Exodus, Movement of Jah People.

It will be held at the BAA Gymnasium from 9pm to 3am with musical tributes by YGS, Culture Shock Radio, DJ Smokey and Blackstar. There will also be performances by Chewstick musicians and poets.

Organizer Rowan Ramotar is encouraging people to come out with horns, whistles and red, gold and green flags.

“Well, like Bob said, one love, one heart, let’s get together and feel alright.

“Bob’s music has a unique way of reaching to all ages, therefore, we have YGS as the younger generation and we have Blackstar, Smokey, along with Black, Gibbo and Donnie representing the Bob era generation.”

As for the venue, he said: “BAA Gymnasium is the best suited venue for this event.

“This was the mecca for dances and reggae shows back in the day.

“This special dance will be sure to bring back the good memories when everyone in Bermuda used to come together for a good funky reggae party.”

He continued: “We decided to use the name Exodus as the name of the dance.

“Bob’s album Exodus was named by Rolling Stone magazine as the best album of our century.

“Everywhere you go on this planet you will be sure to find an Exodus album.”

Ramotar said he is “honoured” to put together the event with Declan Harris.

“Most recently he brought Skreechy Don, Shinehead and Downbeat to Bermuda.

“I am proud, as a Jamaican, to be associated with this dance.

“Bob has taken reggae music from a small island like Jamaica and made it into a genre.

“When one thinks of reggae music first thing comes to mind is Jamaica and Bob Marley.

“This definitely is a dream come true as a promoter for over 20 years.”

In addition to the DJs, there will be performances by Shine Hayward, Sista Mandy, Stevie Dread, Bobby Washington and African Drummers.

Tickets are $15 and include a free Bob Marley CD mixed by DJ Ron Don of World Beat Sound System in New York. They can be bought at Kit N Caboodle, Fish N Tings, Jamaican Grill Baileys Bay and Lidz in St George’s.