Members of the Marley family, including Stephen, Cedella, and Skip Marley, recently launched a reimagined version of the late Bob Marley’s iconic anthem ‘One Love’ to support Unicef’s work for children affected by Covid-19 pandemic.
The song, released on July 17 2020 by Tuff Gong International and Amplified Music Limited and available on all major streaming platforms, was recorded by the Marley family in response to a call by Unicef to help reimagine a fairer, more just world for children whose lives have been upended by the pandemic, and to honor the late Bob Marley.
The song and music video also come during the year-long celebration of Bob Marley’s 75th birthday, and feature artists and musicians from Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Jamaica, Mali, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sudan, Syria, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Some of the acts featuring in the song include Stephen Marley, Cedella Marley, Skip Marley, Ghetto Youths Foundation, Kim Nain, Manifesto JA, Teeks, 249Too Dope, Amrit Kaur, Mermans Mosengo, Jason Tamba, Natty, Dawtas of Aya, Raja Kumari, Patoranking, Babsy and Damascus Voice.
“‘One Love’ was written as a call for global solidarity at a time when the world was very divided, much as it is now. And yet, only by uniting with one love and one heart can we defeat this virus, protect our children, and make the world a more just and equal place,” Cedella Marley said.
Skip Marley said:
“Being on this record with so many incredible musicians from around the world is a true blessing”.
True to the message of global unity in the song, the video is a compilation of footage from all around the world including children from Ghetto Youths Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded by Stephen, Damian and Julian Marley, The Dharavi Dream Project in India; artists from Manifesto Ja in Jamaica and Road To Freedom and featuring appearances by the artists, as well as Indian actor and Unicef celebrity advocate, Kareena Kapoor Khan and British actress Lena Headey.
Covid-19 pandemic has upended the lives of children around the world and exposed rampant inequalities both within and among countries.
In response, Unicef has launched Reimagine — an urgent appeal to governments, the public, donors and the private sector to support its efforts to respond, recover and reimagine a world currently besieged by the pandemic.
“‘One Love’ is one of the world’s most iconic solidarity anthems. But it is also a song about children, and their hopes and dreams for a better, more united and equal world,” Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore, said.
Fore said today, in the midst of a global pandemic, responding to Bob Marley’s call to ‘hear the children crying one love’ was more important and relevant than ever.
All proceeds from the song and related activities will directly support Reimagine and help Unicef respond to the immediate needs by providing soap, masks, gloves, hygiene kits, protective equipment and life-saving information for children and families as well as support near term recovery efforts.
The first video performance of ‘One Love’ by the Marley family aired during a One Love Livestream Show on Unicef’s TikTok account on July 18 2020.—unicef.org