In support of UNICEF's ongoing campaign to help children around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Marley family have partnered up with UNICEF and jewelry brand Pandora for a collaborative effort to reimagine Bob Marley's iconic song "One Love." The song has officially been released today with an accompanying music video. Also, this latest release celebrates the year of Bob Marley's 75th birthday and features talented artists from countries such as Mali, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sudan, Syria, The U.K., The U.S., the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, and India. The list of artists included Cedella Marley, Skip Marley, Stephen Marley, Ghetto Youths Foundation, Kim Nain, Teeks, Dawtas of Aya, Raja Kumari, Babsy, Amrit Kaur, Patoranking, Damascus Voice, Mermans Mosengo, Manifesto JA, 249Too Dope, Jason Tamba, and Natty.
According to a statement given by Cedella Marley, “One Love was written as a call for global solidarity at a time when the world was very divided, much as it is now. And yet, only by uniting with one love and one heart can we defeat this virus, protect our children, and make the world a more just and equal place. All over the world, children and families are suffering. Whether they are living in refugee camps, slums or favelas, or they lack access to healthcare or school, or are being treated unfairly because of their race, religion, ethnicity or gender, our dream with this song is to reimagine a world where all children are treated equally – just as my father intended.”
COVID-19 has done much to disrupt the lives of many around the world, especially children in lower to middle-income communities. According to an estimation from UNICEF, 6,000 additional children could die within the next 6 months from causes that could be prevented.
“One Love is one of the world’s most iconic solidarity anthems. But it is also a song about children, and their hopes and dreams for a better, more united and equal world. Today, in the midst of a global pandemic, responding to Bob Marley’s call to ‘hear the children crying one love’ is more important and relevant than ever. Only together can we defeat COVID-19 and reimagine a more equal, less discriminatory world for children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
Information originally sourced from UNICEF.