Bob Marley’s “One Love” to be re-issued for UNICEF Covid-19 fund
Bob Marley’s iconic single “One Love” is to be re-released to raise funds for UNICEF’s Covid-19 relief fund.
The latest version of 1977 track will feature Marley’s daughter Cedella, his son Stephen and his grandson Skip.
Tuff Gong International and Amplified Music will release the cover on July 17.
Cedella said: “Over 40 years ago, my father wrote ‘One Love’ about unity, peace and universal love during a time when there was much trouble in the world.
“Even in a time when we aren’t able to get together, his message remains true today, we can get through this global crisis if we come together through one love and one heart.”
Cedella said as well as Marley’s family “established musicians from all corners of the globe, artists from conflict zones around the world, and children living in vulnerable communities” are also set to feature on the track.
The proceeds will go to Reimagine, “UNICEF’s global campaign to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis for children and to ensure the post-pandemic world is fairer and more equal for every child.”
The money will buy essential items such as soap, masks, gloves, hygiene kits, protective equipment, and healthcare support.
UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, said:
“‘One Love’ speaks directly to one key truth about this pandemic: our best hope to defeat COVID-19 and to reimagine a more equal, less discriminatory world for children is through global solidarity and co-operation.”
“We are delighted that the Marley family along with Pandora have lent their generous support, creativity and love to help the most vulnerable children.”
Marley – who died in 1981, aged 36 – was born in Jamaica.
He became a worldwide entertainer with his band The Wailers.
He is seen as the pioneer of reggae music.