Bob Marley’s timeless classic, “Redemption Song,” has been released as a brand new music video in honor of the late musician’s 75th birthday and in honour of Black History Month.
The “Redemption Song” video was created by French artists Octave Marsal & Theo De Gueltzl. Marsal & De Gueltzl’s breathtaking animation, featuring 2747 original drawings, uses powerful symbols to amplify the magnitude of the song’s timeless lyrics and importance in today’s world.
The video highlights Bob’s contribution to the empowerment of black civilization, as well as his manifestation of hope and recovery for all mankind. Inspired by Bob’s homeland of Jamaica, as well as insights received from his family, the artistic approach was to illustrate the imaginary world of Bob Marley in a way that highly stimulates self-reflection.
“From the history of Slavery and Jamaica, Rastafarian culture, legacy of prophets (HaileSelassie the 1st, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X), as well as Bob’s personal life, we take the audience on a journey through allegories and representations,” the artists said in a statement.
Released in October 1980, “Redemption Song” was featured on Marley’s final album, Uprising. He died the following year from cancer. The song is considered one of Marley’s greatest works and in 2004, Rolling Stone placed the song at #66 among “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
The new clip is the first installment of “Marley75,” a year-long celebration of the late reggae legend’s birthday. Upcoming YouTube videos of previously unreleased material will be dropped throughout the year, encompassing music, art, photography and more.
In this digital era, Bob Marley remains one of the most followed posthumous artists on social media, and MARLEY 75 will serve to bring his music and message to the digital foreground, reaching new audiences and perspectives with innovative content and groundbreaking technology. Special live events, exclusive digital content, recordings, exhibitions, plus rare and unearthed treasures will also be revealed throughout the year.
One-quarter of all the Reggae listened to in the United States, is Bob Marley. His classic album Legend is the nineteenth-biggest selling album of all time and the fifth-biggest selling Greatest Hits package in United States history.
Tune in and subscribe to the Official Bob Marley YouTube channel for more upcoming content celebrating Bob’s legacy and contribution to the world. Additional information on MARLEY75 events will be revealed soon.