Remembering Bob, 41 Years After His Passing: Ky-Mani's 2022 Maestro Marley Cup and Concert Gathered Family, Friends, Fans in Spirit of Dad's Legacy and 'Football Love'
This month, May 11th to be exact marks 41 years since the passing of the King of Reggae—Robert Nesta Marley. The daytime football tournament took place inside the Arts Park itself in a small field. The roots of Bob Marley’s love affair with football can be traced back to the 1960s in Kingston, Jamaica. And all throughout those years, Marley made strong connections with those KC schoolboy legends while playing pick-up games of football. And apart from the KC network, of course, there was also Tony ‘Gilly Dread’ Gilbert, who was not only Bob’s personal chef, but also a top sparring partner where playing football was concerned.
The Maestro Marley Cup Music Concert That Followed Football Tournament Was Epic Following the daytime action on the football field, the Arts Park later that evening attracted the masses to enjoy a music concert that featured live performances delivered by an A-list of legend and icons, including The Marley Family Ky-Mani, Damian, Stephen, Julian, JoMersa, Kastin and KJ. ‘Zungguzungguguzungguzeng’…King Yellowman Was in Vintage Form inside the Arts Park Born under the name, Winston Foster, Yellowman aka King Yellowman is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay who was extremely popular in Jamaica in the 1980s. In the 1980s, King Yellowman vaulted to prominence after recording a litany of song hits that has since inspired so many artists in the industry.
In fact, the vocal melody and/or riddim instrumental of the song has been heavily sampled by a long list of both reggae, dancehall, and hip-hop songs. In 1982, King Yellowman was diagnosed with skin cancer and, after a number of surgical procedures he found out that he went into remission. Gladly, King Yellowman is still here with us, and he continues to perform all over the world with his band. The Maestro Marley Cup was founded by Ky-Mani Marley and Big Hair Dave from the Dubplates with the mission aim of raising money for the ‘Love Over All Foundation’, as well as aiding the needs of communities through fusing sporting endeavors together with music. All photos (except where indicated as file photo) by Nick Ford, who lives and works in South Florida.
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