Bob Marley ‘One Love Peace’ Concert Made History 37 Years Ago [Video]

loveThis day 37 years ago, history was created by reggae icon Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley when he headlined the star-studded One Love Peace concert. The mega concert was held in Kingston, Jamaica at the National Stadium during the height of a bitter political conflict that had divided the country. Dubbed the most famous reggae concert in the world, the One Love Peace concert remains a highlight in the life of Marley and his country. The nation came together in hopes of a breakthrough that would bring back the unity, love and peace it had once known.

On April 22, 1978 in front of a crowd of more than 32,000 people from every branch of society Marley took the crowd on the musical experience of a lifetime. The crowd filled every seat and overflowed to the football field of the stadium. Those in attendance of the momentous event were surrounded by a heavy presence of armed soldiers and police. Jamaica was in the midst of the most deadly period of political bloodshed and violence the country had ever witnessed.

A Peace Committee had been formed including rival members of both political parties in an attempt to bring solace. Music has always been a powerful force in the land and the committee thought the “Peace Concert” could help return the nation to a place of sanity and love. The only problem was they wanted the iconic Marley to head the concert.

Just 14 months prior, there had been a failed assassination attempt on Marley’s life which caused him to flee to England. The committee had one of the members fly to the United Kingdom to meet with Marley and persuade him to return home and headline the concert. Marley agreed, the concert date was set and he returned to Jamaica.

Stadium gates opened at 2:00 p.m. and the show began at 5:00 p.m. to thunderous applause. There were three main sections of the stadium appropriately named to accompany the theme; the Togetherness Section which were the bleachers, the Love Section which was the grandstand and the Peace Section for VIPs. There were many musical talents which took the stage before Marley’s grand entrance.

Marley’s band, The Wailers, took the stage and then a single spotlight was fixed as Marley took the stage. The crowd went crazy. He was backed by the I-Threes; singers Marcia Griffiths, Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt. It quickly became clear to those in attendance that they were in the midst of a historical occasion. Marley sang many of his popular songs and the entire stadium was overtaken as they jammed with the King of Reggae.

Without warning, Marley summoned for the Prime Minister, Michael Manley, along with Edward Seaga, the Opposing Leader, to join him on the stage. Both leaders, in a state of surprise and obliged by his public request, joined him on the platform. Marley stood between both leaders and placed his hands on their shoulders; he literally pulled them towards each other and persuaded them to shake hands. Before they could refuse, Marley put his hand on top of their connected hands and raised them high in the air to demonstrate One Love Peace; and the crowd went wild.

The nation’s hero had returned home to institute peace to a nation which had quickly become frayed at the seams. A few years later, in 1981, Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley died. The nation was in mourning, but they continued to witness his life through the legacy he left behind. One of the highlights of his memorial service was the rejoining of Seaga and Manley. Once again the men shook hands in honor of the man who in his own way sought to bring peace to his homeland. History was made 37 years ago today, as the beginning of One Love Peace was witnessed at the National Stadium.

by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)


Jamaica Observer
Bob Marley Concerts

Photo Credits:

Top Image Courtesy of Monosnaps – Flickr License
Featured Image Courtesy of Astronauta Viajero – Flickr License

3 Responses to "Bob Marley ‘One Love Peace’ Concert Made History 37 Years Ago [Video]"

  1. Emmanuel Love   March 9, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Hey, how’s it going?

    Did you hear that the powers that run this world want to put a RFID microchip in our body? It will contain not only our bank accounts but our personal information, making us total slaves to the elite. This will cause us to lose even more of our privacy.

    Did you know that this RFID microchip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically Revelation 13:16-18?

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name…”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. It’s amazing that the Bible foretold a cashless society!

    Did you also hear that the Jewish people are in the process of bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible by the prophet Daniel, Jesus, and Apostle Paul? They deny Jesus as their Messiah and say their Messiah will be revealed to rule the whole world under a one world religion. They are not even hiding this information, but are actually promoting it. You can view videos about this on YouTube.

    When Donald Trump made Jerusalem captial of Israel in late December 2017, the Jewish people said this was a big step for them to build this Third Temple. They even printed a Temple coin with president Trump’s face on the front with king Cyrus'(the man who built the Second Temple in the Bible) face behind him. On the back of the coin is an image of the Third Temple. They are selling these coins to raise money to build the Temple.

    People have been saying for many years that the end is near, but we needed not only the Third Temple, but also the technology for there to be a cashless society for the Mark of the Beast to be a reality.

    There is much more to know, please visit http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM to see all the proof!


  2. Pingback: Reggae music at Amsterdam May Day demonstration | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: Bob Marley ‘One Love Peace’ Concert | Island Music

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.