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Skip Marley and Chineke! Orchestra jam at historic Bob Marley festival in Birmingham

Birmingham, UK was held spellbound when reggae music merged with classical syncopations on Tuesday, 26 July.

The show featured Bob Marley’s grandson, Skip and Chineke! Orchestra, led by Nigerian-British double-bassist Professor ChiChi Nwanoku.

Three generations of Bob Marley’s family were at the show in Birmingham on Tuesday – 50 years after the singer’s first performance in the city.

Grandson Skip Marley performed at Birmingham Town Hall watched by the late star’s former wife and backing singer Rita and his daughter Cedella.


The show featured new interpretations of Marley classics from the Chineke! Orchestra, joined by Skip and others.

Trevor Nelson presented the event – to be aired by the BBC at a later date.

The show formed part of the BBC’s coverage of the 60th anniversary of Jamaican Independence and also celebrations marking the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Skip Marley had said: “I’m looking forward to performing with Chineke! honouring my Grandfather’s music.


“To perform live in the UK where my grandfather’s music connected so deeply will be very special.”

Marley died from cancer 41 years ago in Miami, aged 36. (with BBC report)

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