Bob Marley’s 75th celebration started on the 5th of February – though he was born on the 6th of February 1945 – which happens to fall on Black History Month.
On the 5th, the video to his most famous song, Redemption song was finally released in commemoration of the legendary artiste.
The video was created by French artists Octave Marsal & Theo De Gueltzl with breathtaking animation featuring 2,747 original drawings and powerful symbols to amplify the magnitude of the song’s timeless lyrics and importance in today’s world.
Almost at a million views, the video highlights Bob’s contribution to the empowerment of black civilization, as well as his manifestation of hope and recovery for all mankind.
Inspired by Bob’s homeland of Jamaica, as well as insights received from his family, the artistic approach was to illustrate the imaginary world of Bob Marley in a way that highly stimulates self-reflection.
“From the history of Slavery and Jamaica, Rastafarian culture, the legacy of prophets (Haile Selassie the 1st, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X), as well as Bob’s personal life, we take the audience on a journey through allegories and representations.” Marsal and De Gueltzl reveal.
The opening sequence invites the viewer into Bob’s guitar, a visual metaphor to Bob’s mind, and our own, in a quest for Redemption. Also, drawing from Rastafarian philosophy, another vital element of the video’s narrative is about valuing nature, our Earth and the Mother Land.
Throughout history, no artist has dominated the world of music quite like Bob Marley. A musical, political and spiritual icon of mythical proportions, both poet and prophet.
He was the first Jamaican artist to give voice to the struggles of his people and the Rastafarian culture and the first to gain worldwide fame. October 2020 will see the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song.’
Watch the video below: