Marley: The Definitive Story

Marley: The Definitive Story

Written by Editor

Topics: Film & Theatre, Music

Even the most erudite musical historians and ardent aficionados of reggae icon Bob Marley, who have studiously absorbed every iota of verifiable information and distilled all the anecdotes and conjecture pertaining to his life and work, would have still gleaned something new and interesting from the recently released documentary “Marley: The Definitive Story”, directed by Kevin MacDonald (“The Last King of Scotland” and “One Day In September”).

True to the title, MacDonald went to great lengths to secure a plethora of interviews, archival footage and photos in order to paint a detailed picture of the man, the legend – Marley. Thousands of Jamaicans had the opportunity to watch the film for free at a special premiere held at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on April 19. While the use of the Rastafarian colours red, gold and green on the carpet drew the ire of Rastafarians at the venue, this snafu did not overshadow the proceedings. The event was attended by members of the Marley family, members of the film crew, representatives from the music and film industry and government officials.

Rita Marley and director Kevin MacDonald

Bob Marley's daughter Sharon Marley (right) and her daughter Donisha Pendergast

Marcia Griffiths and Neville Garrick

Chris Blackwell chats with Cedella Marley

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