Los Angeles, Calif. (February 6, 2009) â€” In conjunction with Bob Marleyâ€™s 64th world-wide birthday celebration on February 6th, Playing For Change, the cross-cultural global musical movement, will debut their version of Marleyâ€™s timeless classic â€œOne Loveâ€ on www.BobMarley.com. This five-minute video is a song from around the world featuring American blues wunderkind Kebâ€™ Mo and Spain â€™s Manu Chao playing with an incredible group of 35 musical artists. â€œOne Loveâ€ was produced by Playing for Change’s creator and driving force Mark Johnson , the Los Angeles based GrammyÂ®-winning producer and engineer.
Playing For Change is a multimedia movement designed to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. For ten years Johnson and his team traveled the globe, with a single-minded passion to record little-known musicians and combine their performances. Bill Moyers called it a remarkable example of â€œthe simple yet transformative power of music…to touch something in each of us.â€ Variety acknowledged it as â€œa great showcase for just what incredible, thoroughly accessible popular music is being made worldwide.â€
Bob Marley’s 64th birthday will be celebrated by millions around the globe through live performance, lectures, film festivals, the internet and beyond. For Bob Marley Day, in addition to the debut of the Playing for Change â€œOne Loveâ€ video, the site will be running special promotions in line with Bob Marleyâ€™s legacy. BobMarley.com invites submissions of Birthday messages through the Bob Marley Forum hosted on the site. Bob’s daughter, Cedella Marley, has also put her hand to a special limited T-Shirt design for the occasion that will promote the Playing for Change concept with her fatherâ€™s legacy. â€œThe Global vision of Bob Marley lives on through the â€˜One Loveâ€™ video by Playing For Changeâ€ says Chris Blackwell, founder Island Records.