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February 1, 2014
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All set for 22nd staging of Bob Marley Birthday Bash in Negril

Veteran events promoter Clive 'Kubba' Pringle is looking forward to another successful staging of his annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash festival.

"Everything is in place for the staging of the festival. The venue is ready, and we have already taken care of all the other aspects of the production. I think with all the work that has been done, we will have another successful staging this year."

Pringle bemoans the lack of corporate support for the 22-year-old event saying, "I've been doing this event for 22 years now to honour the life and work of one of the greatest musician and singer that has ever walked the face of the earth. But it hasn't been easy because despite the fact that the event draws a lot of visitors from overseas every year, getting sponsorship has not been an easy task. However, we give thanks for the little that we have received so far."

The festival, which started over two decades ago as a one-night event, begins tonight (Feb 1) and will continue until February 6 at MX III Entertainment Centre in Negril.

"This event has come a long way since the first one which was held in 1992 when the I-Threes and Tiger were the headliners. Since then we have kept it going and growing to the point where it is now a six-day event."

The festival kicks off tonight with the Can Jam Tribute Night which will feature a number of local and Canadian reggae acts including Nature, Droop Lion, the Gladiators, Venjahnce, Mojo Herbs, Tonya P, Robin Banks, Elaine Shepherd, Ryan Sousa, Akustix and Michi Mee.

Sunday night, dubbed Punky Reggae Party, is the red, green and gold flags night. Patrons attending this night of the festival are encouraged to wear their favourite Bob Marley T-shirts. Music will be provided by Jah Wayne, DJ Jesse, DJ Bones and Master G.

Monday night will feature Mutabaruka and Nyabinghi drummers. That night will be hosted by revered Rastafarian elder Iyah V.

Tuesday night is for the 'Icons of Reggae', featuring Bob Andy, Lee Scratch Perry, John Holt, Orville Smith and Ali C.

Wednesday night will see the unfolding of the Bands Festival which will feature Dubkor and the Pikkie Head Band, Kabaka Pyramid and the Bebble Rockers Band and Raging Fyah. This night will be hosted by one of Jamaica's best known actors Carl Bradshaw, who is known for playing roles in popular Jamaican films such as The Harder They Come and Third World Cop.

The festival will come to a close on Thursday night with the 'Bob Marley Birthday One Love Celebration' featuring performers from the legendary Marcia Griffiths, Luciano, Hezron, Kenyatta Hill, Cen'C Love, Prissy G, Ras Charmer and History Man.

The 22nd Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash is endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board.

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