While Jamaica House brought many cheers for its world-class sprinters to the O2 Arena during the games, until 24 October you can continue to celebrate their 50th anniversary of independence with one of their other most well known exports. “Messenger, The Bob Marley Exhibition” at the O2′s British Music Experience is a place to learn about the reggae king and Jamaican ambassador.
August 11, 2012
Jammin’ With Jamaica: ‘Messenger, The Bob Marley Exhibition’
The exhibit, which is fresh off a successful run at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, explores Marley’s role as the catalyst of the reggae revolution, as well as his influence on music and culture over the past three decades. You can see up to 40 photographs of Marley, including a rare collection courtesy of the Marley family, as well as video footage from family and friends.
The museum also has material explaining the history and roots of reggae and the role Marley played in both the growth of reggae as well as the Rastafarian movement. Ultimately, visitors will witness Bob Marley as a private, spiritual man; as a powerful performer who used his lyrics to give a voice to the forgotten members of society; and as a legend who has inspired legions of fans in the years since his death.
Also on display are some of Marley’s amazing stage outfits and the guitars he played, which will leave fans very excited. Plus, fans can get themselves involved in the interactive section with the sampler remixing station and the interactive drum reggae beat, including tutoring by Marley’s former drummer Santa Davis.
“Messenger, The Bob Marley Exhibition” will be on display at the British Music Experience’s mezzanine gallery. First entry is at 11am, and the final entry is 6:30pm. Cost is £12 for adults and £6 for children.