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Annual concert to honour Marley
Fans in Addis Ababa
Marley fans gathered in Addis Ababa for the tribute concert
A concert to honour late musician Bob Marley could take place in Africa on an annual basis, organisers have said.

The Bob Marley Foundation said they hoped to stage a concert in another African country next year.

The announcement comes in the wake of Sunday's free concert in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, which attracted some 200,000 people.

The event was held to mark what would have been the singer's 60th birthday. He died in 1981 at the age of 36.

The director of the organisation founded after Marley's death said their aim was to promote African unity.

"It's our hope that we're taking this concert to a different African country and that's the plan on the drawing board," said Desta Meghoo-Peddie.

Bob Marley
Marley took a great interest in Africa during his lifetime

Ms Meghoo-Peddie would not say which African country was being considered as a venue for next year's planned event, saying she wanted to draw up some proposals first.

Fans and followers of Jamaican-born Marley flocked to the city to watch the concert, which included Former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill and Benin star Angelique Kidjo on the bill.

Marley's widow Rita and his five sons also performed at the festival.

The reggae legend had an active interest in Africa during his career, penning the songs Africa Unite and Get Up Stand Up.

He also performed at a concert in Zimbabwe in 1980, held to celebrate the country's independence.


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