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New Bob Marley Song Arrives: Listen

35 years following its initial recording, a lost Bob Marley song ‘Selassie is the Chapel’ has just been released to the public.

Originally written by the Reggae legend’s friend and teacher, Mortimer Planno, the 1968 composition is about his meeting with Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie during a visit to Jamaica in 1966.

The arrival of ‘Selassie …’ comes several months ahead of the ‘Bob Marley: One Love’, biopic which is scheduled for cinema release on February 14, 2024.

Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and produced by Bob’s widow Rita Marley, 77, and her and Bob’s son Ziggy, 55, and daughter Cedella Marley, 56, 37-year old Kingsley Ben-Adir plays the iconic singer/songwriter along with co-stars James Norton, 38, Lashana Lynch, 36, and Tosin Cole, 31.

The film’s press release states “Bob Marley: One Love celebrates the life and music of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love and unity. On the big screen for the first time, discover Bob’s powerful story of overcoming adversity and the journey behind his revolutionary music.”

In 1981, at the Bob Marley died of cancer at the age of 36, but he is widely considered one of the pioneers of reggae music. He fathered 11 children with seven different partners and sold 75,000,000+ records worldwide.

In addition to streaming on all major platforms, a limited edition of 2,000 vinyl copies has been made available. Founded by late country music legend Johnny Cash, the 1960s song is being released on Marley’s former label JAD Records.

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Eddie Mallin