Sister 2 Sister got a chance to chat with Rita Marley, who is working hard to keep her husband’s legacy alive and make the world a better place.
As the saying goes, behind every good man is a good woman. So to say that Bob Marley would be proud is perhaps an understatement when it comes to the tireless work that his widow, Rita Marley is doing to keep his legacy alive, support new socially conscious artists and help rebuild Africa.
Rita, who now lives in Ghana, spoke to S2S about the upcoming Bob Marley birthday celebration. It will be held in Accra, Ghana, in early February. Rita promises that the event will uphold Bob’s legacy by featuring artists who are socially conscious.
“We are choosey in how we select our artists. They have to say something equal to what we are doing with lyrics pertaining to ending poverty,” she said.
Those artists performing alongside Rita include some of the Marley family members and new TarPaul Records/Interscope recording artist, KAMEKO. Rita and KAMEKO have teamed up together for the upcoming Tired of Being Broke Tour. The concert series will find him performing for free throughout impoverished areas of Africa with the support of the Rita Marley Foundation.
For Rita, the partnership is a testament to her focus on projects that aim to make a difference as her foundation hopes to end poverty and hunger in Africa through educational opportunities, economic investments, teaching proper healthcare and of course, music.
“Music is a medium of teaching and learning. So many youth in Africa are leaving school but listen to the music,” Rita said. “So we shine a light so others can see the truth through the power of music. That’s why I chose to endorse KAMEKO’s efforts and want to be part of it.”
Rita’s work is not going unnoticed as she was recently honored with the Institute of Caribbean Studies’ (ICS) 2010 Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor highlights her newfound joy because she believes with her new projects and commitment to helping Africa she is fulfilling her life’s purpose.
“I’m a ghetto girl from Trenchtown and was raised out of poverty,” Rita said. “These are things I sat down as a young girl in Trenchtown and said I wish I could do. So, I’m really doing it now, and it is a dream come true for me. I don’t take it for granted.”