BRITISH MUSIC EXPERIENCE PRESENTS:
MESSENGER: THE BOB MARLEY EXHIBITION
Exhibit explores Marley’s role as the Catalyst to the Reggae evolution as well as his 30-year influence on Music & Culture
The Exhibition will open from 24 July – 22 October 2012 to international Visitors who will witness Bob Marley as a private, spiritual man; a powerful performer who used his lyrics to give a voice to the disenfranchised and as a legend who, inspired legions of fans in the years since his death. “Bob Marley brought Reggae to the mainstream in the UK. His music resonated with the British public and inspired a generation of musicians. Marley spread a message of hope and unity - a message which is as relevant today as it was three decades ago and it’s our hope to help share that message with a new generation”, said British Music Experience Curator, Paul Lilley.
Bob Marley’s story is that of an archetype, which is why it continues to have such a powerful and ever-growing resonance: it embodies political repression, metaphysical and artistic insights, gangland warfare and various periods of mystical wilderness. And, his audience continues to widen. Marley gave the world brilliant and evocative music; his work stretched across nearly two decades and yet, still remains timeless and universal. Bob Marley & The Wailers worked their way into the very fabric of our lives.
Bringing together more than 40 diverse artefacts, rare photographs and more, the Exhibition features items from the private collection of the Marley Family. On display, visitors will see a broad array of items including: Marley’s famous Les Paul guitar; an interactive drumming station that allows visitors to learn how to play a Reggae beat; more than 50 photographs of Marley both on and off stage; ticket stubs, concert posters, tour books and fan memorabilia.
“My father’s message of peace and unity was always of great importance to him and to our family. Especially in the current times, it seems appropriate to remind the world of what he stood for and hopefully, by honouring him, we can all make efforts to live our lives with the same message”, said Ziggy Marley.
Messenger: The Bob Marley Exhibition is part of a Celebration at The O2 Arena (during the Olympics) of Jamaican Culture to mark 50 Years of Independence which includes 13 days of Reggae at Indig02 with performances from legends such as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley alongside cultural events at Jamaica House.
WORD, SOUND & POWER
REGGAE CHANGED MY LIFE
Launching in line with Jamaica Summer at The O2, this Exhibition will celebrate the impact of Jamaican Music and Culture on our lives in Britain. We’ve all been touched by Jamaican culture and throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, the Jamaican community has consistently left its mark on the nation’s musical output and tastes. Jamaican music has been at the heart of many musical and cultural movements and still resides at the core of what is nowadays called Bass Culture.
This Exhibition will shine a spotlight onto this very unique aspect of home-grown British culture and in its own way will pay tribute to all those who have been involved in it from Record Producers, Singers, Sound System Operators, MCs, Graphic Artists and many more. Bringing together artefacts as diverse as photography, fanzines, flyers and posters to authentic bass bins and speaker boxes from the Sound Systems themselves, this will be a fascinating addition to the Jamaica Summer at The O2.