Published On: Thu, Jan 18th, 2018

Bob Marley statue in Chetumal to be restored

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With the purpose of restoration, the Institute of Culture and the Arts removed the statue of the emblematic Jamaican singer Bob Marley, located in one of the Boulevard Bahía parks, after the damages it suffered due to vandalism.

Specialized personnel will work in the restoration of this sculpture for ninety days, and then they will return it to its public space, where the mythical figure of Reggae music statue symbolizes the fraternity between the island of Jamaica and the city of Chetumal.

With this information, the Institute of Culture and the Arts denies rumors scattered on social networks about a possible theft of the statue, which was unveiled in September 2016 by Jamaican authorities and Bob Marley’s son, Ki-Mani Marley.

Bob has been a continuous reference in the cosmopolitan and pluricultural spirituality of the state of Quintana Roo, especially in Chetumal, the Reggae gateway to Mexico, and the city where different groups that cultivate this musical genre coexist and perform.

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Marley has been the main representative of a sub-culture, and his unique musical style is the result from a fusion of different genres. Born in Jamaica and baptized as Reggae, this movement has found followers throughout the world and in different generations, as contagious by its offbeat rhythm and Marley’s poetic messages.

Other statues erected in Bob’s memory are raised in Serbia, Jamaica and Ethiopia, a country he considered, from a sublime distance and without much consolidation with reality, as the Eden of Rastafarianism, a passionate mixture of religion and ideology with a background in that African country.

Rastafari is a young, Africa-centred religion which developed in Jamaica in the 1930s, following the coronation of Haile Selassie I as King of Ethiopia in 1930.




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