Zima in Bob Marley faux pas

HARARE - Organisers of the Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) approached Julian Marley instead of the Bob Marley Foundation over their decision to posthumously honour the late reggae music legend with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Julian, whose mother is Bajan Lucy Pounder, is one of several sons fathered by the late reggae star that include Ziggy, Damian, Stephen, Rohan, Ky-Mani, Robert and Isaac.
Zima publicist Farai Chapoterera told the Daily News that they paid a deposit to Julian’s London-based agency.

“I would also like to make some clarifications on some issues that are circulating on social media. When we decided to honour Bob Marley we engaged an agency in the UK who then engaged his son Julian whom we asked to come and receive the award and possibly perform here. We have already paid a deposit for him to come through,” said Chapoterera.

But according to the Jamaica Gleaner, Zima should have paid the $4 500 deposit to the Bob Marley Foundation headed by Rita Marley, widow of the late reggae icon, who is its founder and chairperson.

“We were dealing with Ras Jabulani (Trevor Hall), who knows Michael Campbell — Julian Marley’s agent. We’d paid (the money) to secure a booking, but it has since come to our attention that we were supposed to approach the Bob Marley Foundation and not a family member to award Bob Marley.

The foundation is the one which will forward the request to Marley’s family,” Zima chairman Joseph Nyadzayo is quoted as saying.

The Zima boss added that they corrected their error after being contacted by Bob Marley Music manager, Doreen Crujeiras.

“After we received a phone call from Doreen, we called Michael (Julian Marley’s agent) to ask him if he knew her. He agreed and told us she was the right person to discuss Marley affairs with.

“I have sent her the letter of notification and invitation. She promised to forward our letter to the family and said she would help us to communicate with the family,” he said.

With the furore over the decision to honour the late reggae music legend showing no signs of letting up, Zima has insisted that the Jamaican reggae icon is a worthy recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“If you research into award ceremonies you will find that it is not uncommon for a foreign artiste to be awarded. Part of the problem was that Zima was quiet as we had taken a seven-year hiatus and we previously honoured some of the artistes being suggested. We honoured Zexie Manatsa, Oliver Mtukudzi, Thomas Mapfumo and others.

“Bob Marley opened up Zimbabwe to the world; he was not just an international artiste but a world icon. He was the first international artiste to perform in independent Zimbabwe. When he came, the world followed him. Just like the world follows the likes of Beyoncé and others when they travel to other countries,” she said.

The Zima spokesperson added that Bob Marley’s visit in 1980 had an impact on Zimbabwe.

“Reggae music, 35 years later, still has a huge influence on Zimbabwean music. Look at Zimdancehall music, it is inspired by reggae music. Speak to anyone who was at Rufaro Stadium on the day, they will tell you that it was an amazing show. His song Zimbabwe even became an unofficial national anthem,” said Chapoterera.

Comments (1)

I agree with Chapoterera. Bob Marley honored us with a song dedicated to Zimbabwe, which put little known newly independent Zimbabwe on the map, its only fair we return the favor and recognize this befitting legend.

taps - 8 December 2015

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