As the world marks the 31st anniversary of the death of the late music legend, Bob Marley, artistes in Kaduna on Friday said Marley’s virtues are worth emulating.
May 11 every year is set aside to celebrate the life of the Jamaican singer/songwriter, Bob Marley, who lived between February 1945 and May 1981.
Queen Abeuh, the PMAN chairperson of the Northern Musical Development and Mobilisation Committee (NMDMC), said that Marley lived an exemplary life.
“He showed no difference in colour, status or religious background.
He loved both young and old,” she said.
Ms. Abeuh urged politicians and those occupying public positions to emulate Bob Marley’s philosophy and be transparent in their dealings, saying that “Nigeria belongs to all of us”.
She said although the celebration is low-keyed due to insecurity in parts of the country, PMAN is committed to reviving the music industry in northern Nigeria.
A Kaduna-based music artiste, Chaka Dee, said that the ethno-religious crisis experienced in parts of the nation could be curbed if there is “equal right and justice”.
“The music legend stood for truth and love. These are basic tenets of the Rasta-Man,” he said.
Ryhm Deeda, a Ghana-based reggae artiste, said she admired Bob Marley during his live performances.
Miss Deeda regrets that the music industry in Nigeria is losing originality, adding that “Artistes don’t want to perform live but want to depend on sound track and DJ Mix.”
Ezekeil Joshua, a teacher at Dambo International School, urged youth to desist from using illicit drugs while marking Marley’s day.
“The smoking of marijuana plays a ritualistic role amongst Rastafarians,”he said.
Mr. Joshua said the positive virtues and the aesthetics of Marley’s music gained him so much admiration and love by many.