The family of Bob Marley has announced a new documentary series about the late reggae icon entitled Bob Marley — LEGACY: 75 Years A Legend. They also released a new Marley EP, Iron Lion Zion.
In the first of 12 episodes of LEGACY, released today, we see Marley’s friends and family discuss what the musician meant to each of them. Combined with archival interview footage of Bob himself, Marley’s family—including Ziggy, Stephen, Julian, and more—attempt to explain the man that Bob was offstage and how that influenced his attitude onstage and in the studio.
Along with other musicians such as Buju Banton and Lloyd “Bread” McDonald, the first episode of LEGACY also provides a snapshot of Jamaican life, and a caricature of the environment that shaped Bob’s identity. The next 11 episodes of Bob Marley — LEGACY, will premiere on YouTube in the coming months.
In addition to the documentary series, Bob Marley’s family has also released a new EP entitled Iron Lion Zion. The record features six tracks, five of which are alternate mixes of the song “Iron Lion Zion”; including a 7″ mix, 12″ mix, fallout mix, shelter mix, and a remix featuring Ingmar Kiang. The EP also contains a version of “Smile Jamaica”, which originally appeared on Marley’s 1978 album, Kaya.
Watch the first episode of Bob Marley — LEGACY: 75 Years A Legend, and stream the EP Iron Lion Zion.
Bob Marley — LEGACY: 75 Years A Legend (Episode 1)
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Bob Marley — Iron Lion Zion – Full EP
The documentary series and new EP are both part of the year-long “Marley75” celebration of what would have been Bob Marley’s 75th birthday. Since beginning the celebration on his birthday, February 6th, Bob’s family has already released a new, animated music video for “Redemption Song“, as well as announced musical celebrations by Bob’s children. Ziggy and Stephen Marley will perform a special “Marley75” set at BeachLife Festival in Redondo Beach, CA on May 1st as well as at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on May 31st; the Filene Center in Vienna, VA (8/19); and the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, NY (8/20). For tickets and information, head to Ziggy’s website.