Marley to be honored with statue in Zimbabwe

The statue will be bronze, eight meters and constructed and sculpted by two South African artists, Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse Van Vuuren.

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Zimbabwe is the only African nation Bob Marley performed in and the country is now set to honor him with a statue.

Permission was granted by the Marley estate to erect a statue in honor of the singer, musician and cultural icon who performed at Zimbabwe’s independence celebrations in 1980.

Prior to his arrival and performance, Marley in honor of the long struggle to self-rule by the Southern African nation composed a song called “Zimbabwe.”

“Natty dread inna Zimbabwe” chorused an anthemic reggae hit which was reportedly echoed during the war by soldiers who fought against British colonial rule.

The statue whose design is still not decided will be placed at the Rufaro stadium in the capital city of Harare where Marley performed..

According to an article in Africa News, the statue will be bronze, eight meters and constructed and sculpted by two South African artists, Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse Van Vuuren. The pair also created a Nelson Mandela statue which is located at the Parliament-Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa.

Allegedly, before construction the Marley estate will have to approve the plans.

Marley who died of cancer at age 36 March 11, 1981 was born Feb. 6, a day which is now marked by several celebrations throughout the world.

A new film described as “an animated musical love letter to Marley is in the works and will feature many of the reggae icon’s music and will be written and produced by Kenya Barris (“Black-ish”) and Cedella Marley, the eldest daughter of Bob and wife Rita Marley.

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