Partnership with 1World Chorus, children cover Bob Marley classics.
‘Celebrating Bob Marley’ out April 28, album available for review and airplay now.
Los Angeles, CA (April 8, 2015)– As a part of the year-long Bob Marley 70th birthday celebration, Ziggy Marley’s Tuff Gong Worldwide has partnered with 1World Chorus to reimagine some of the Marley’s most timeless songs. ‘Celebrating Bob Marley’ is out April 28 – available digitally via iTunes, Amazon and Tuff Gong Worldwide.
This ten-track collection was performed entirely by Aaron Nigel Smith’s 1World Chorus – a collaboration of children 7 to 18 years of age, from Kenya, Colombia, the United States and Jamaica. Judah Marley, granddaughter of the late reggae icon, also makesa guest vocal appearance on ‘Bend Down Low’. These budding musicians performed everything from the first drumbeat to the last vocal take, tracking the album over 18 months in studios around the world. During the production process, the children strengthened their own musicianship and learned basic recording techniques.
Bob Marley had an affinity for sharing music with children – teaching his own, guiding them to form Ziggy Marley & Melody Maker’s, and penning their first song ‘Children Playing In The Streets’. Marley’s love for sharing music with children also shines through in the timeless ‘Is This Love’ video. ‘Celebrate Bob Marley’ reinforces how deep Marley’s musical imprint and message of ‘One Love’ continues to reach, resonating with kids of all ages.
In addition to providing free music workshops to schools participating in this special project, a portion of sales will benefit these music programs. Further, 1World Chorus has partnered with some of the nation’s leading companies to provide on-going support to the project. Remo Drums, Martin Guitars and Guitar Center have all donated musical instructions to the schools, with Keen Footwear donating socks and shoes to the students.
‘CELEBRATING BOB MARLEY’ TRACKLIST
2. Three Little Birds
3. No Woman No Cry
4. Smile Jamaica
5. Bend Down Low (ft. Judah Marley)
6. Wake Up and Live
7. One Love
8. Lively Up Yourself
9. Is This Love
10. Redemption Song
ABOUT TUFF GONG WORLDWIDE
Tuff Gong was founded in 1965 by Bob Marley with the vision of producing, distributing and promoting his music free from the constraints of corporate label politics. In a time decades before artist-owned record labels were commonplace, the legendary Bob Marley’s vision was characteristically well ahead of its time. Now, nearly a half-century later, his dream is being realized. With Tuff Gong Worldwide, Ziggy Marley continues a dream of this father to own and manage not only his music, but nearly every other aspect of his career as well. From record label operations to book publishing, Ziggy records and self-releases all of his solo studio albums, including his 7th and most recent GRAMMY-winning release, Fly Rasta (2014). Head to www.tuffgongworldwide.com and ziggymarley.com for more information.
ABOUT 1WORLD CHORUS
1World Chorus strives to demonstrate and promote unity through the performing arts, with an emphasis on the transformative communal experience of choral singing, drumming, and ‘rock band’ performance. Under the direction of award winning children’s music educator, performer and producer Aaron Nigel Smith, it has become a global collective of children who share a passion for playing and performing music together. Since its inception in 2006, 1World Chorus has collaborated with hundreds of children in 3 countries and 2 continents with a focus on lifelong community connections, educational opportunities, and authentic self-expression. https://www.oneworldchorus.org/ and https://www.aaronnigelsmith.com/.
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Michelle Rodriguez / Tuff Gong Worldwide