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April 4, 2014
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Bob Marley and reggae celebrated in South Africa

Bob Marley

During February, reggae music permeated the airwaves in different towns and cities of South Africa, in commemoration of Bob Marley's birthday and Reggae Month.

The festivities were most evident in South Africa's largest province, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). In the tropical coastal city of Durban, at uShaka Marine World, reggae fans enjoyed a day-long feast of pulsating beats.

The staff of the Jamaican High Commission was on hand to participate in the celebrations and used the occasion to present gifts of Jamaican signature products to local-government representatives and others.

A specially framed photograph of Bob Marley was also auctioned by a Jamaican member of the Durban community, the proceeds of which was earmarked for local charity.

In Pietermaritzburg, the capital city of KZN, celebrations took the form of a football tournament among different local teams, in recognition of Bob Marley's love for the game and importance of sports in the development of the youth. The occasion also brought families together and promoted community interaction.

The visit of the president of VP Records, to explore the reggae market in South Africa, was also a boost to the celebration of Reggae Month.

VP Records is a Jamaica/USA incorporated company with the largest distributorship of reggae music globally.

The Jamaican High Commission in Pretoria was instrumental in securing appointments between the VP Records executive and a wide range of entities and individuals associated with the music industry.

Randy Chin of VP said: "Overall, this was a great experience. I left with a good overview of the market and contacts with key people in the South African Reggae music scene."

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