A seven foot high statue of Bob Marley has been unveiled in Liverpool.
The statue was unveiled on Jamaica Street, on September 9, in a ceremony presided over by Liverpool’s Urban Griot, Levi Tafari as part of the annual celebrations of the Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae, that takes place this weekend.
The seven foot high statue, by Andy Edwards, was commissioned by PV Fest in honour of Bob Marley’s legacy and his impact on millions of people around the world as a symbol of peace and love.
During the ceremony Liverpool artist, Levi Tafari reflected on his experiences with Bob Marley’s work, seeing him and being inspired by him.
He also performed one of his poems, ‘Spirit Dancer’ in tribute to the occasion which he said “shows and captures the essence of what Bob Marley was and is”.
He added: “When you hear his music and words not only does your body dance, but your spirit dances also.
“Immortality isn’t about living forever, but about leaving a legacy that will live forever and Bob Marley through his music and work has truly immortalised him and the statue is an example of that.”
Liverpool poet Levi Tafari performs Spirit Dancer song in tribute to Bob Marley (Image: Andy Teebay/Liverpool ECHO)
PV Fest Event organiser, Rory Taylor, who was instrumental in getting the statue said: “Firstly Bob is my hero, and we are a reggae festival, so for me that was one obvious choice.
“Importantly Bob is a cultural icon, he is known and adored by everybody, around the world, young and old. He is a symbol of peace, a symbol of love and unity, which I think is really important, particularly now, because the world seems to be very nasty at the moment”.
Bob Marley was born (Robert Nesta Marley) in Jamaica and became, what many would say, the greatest reggae artist of all time.
He made reggae music popular and went on to tour the world with his message of peace, love, unity and emancipation of all peoples who were struggling around the world, a message that lives on in his music.
Rory said Liverpool was chosen as Bob Marley has had such an impact on the people in the city.
He added: “For those people who say why Bob in Liverpool, why not anybody else, well Bob had such a massive impact on people in the city. You don’t have to be from the city to have an impact. He had more of an impact on the city than people from the city.
“So there are the main reasons why a Bob Marley statue and not Dolly Parton”.