The estate of Bob Marley has shared a new music video for “No Woman, No Cry”. The video uses the definitive live audio from a show with The Wailers at The Lyceum in London in 1975, found on the Legend compilation.
The post comes as the Marley estate continues its year-long celebration of what would have been the late reggae artist’s 75th birthday. The celebration has featured an array of new music videos, as well as a documentary series, all posted to Marley’s official YouTube page.
The new music video chronicles the parallel journeys of a family both united and torn by immigration. On one side of the plot is a man who has traveled to New York in search of prosperity. On the other is the family that he left behind in Jamaica who struggle in his absence. While he sends home money and other material possessions, the weight of his absence still applies undue pressure to his family. While he is gone, the women of the family step to the forefront and assume the position of breadwinners as their struggle for equality and independence is echoed by Marley’s song.
Even as the father struggles in New York as a cab driver, the video finds a high note with a breach of the fourth wall when he is seen dancing to Bob Marley on TV. Yet, the focus here is on the women he left behind, on his wife and her struggles to raise a rebellious daughter, who is herself becoming a woman.
Watch the new music video for “No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley and The Wailers.
Bob Marley and The Wailers — “No Woman, No Cry” (Official Video)
[Video: Bob Marely]