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Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley's 60th Birthday (2008)

 |  Documentary, Music  |  2008 (USA)
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A documentary about the family of the late Bob Marley and their first trip to Ethiopia to attend the annual Africa Unite concert.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Firoz Hirji Nazisi ...
Herself - Kenya
Marley Mirene ...
Herself - Cameroon
Portia Phalafala ...
Herself - South Africa
Himself - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Herself - Bob Marley's Mother
Arkebe Oqubay ...
Himself - Mayor of Addis Ababa
Ras Teddy Dan ...
Bongo Tawney ...
Himself - Jamaica
Mariamenna Senna Asfa Wosen ...
Herself - Granddaughter of Haile Selassie (as Princess Mariamenna Senna Asfa Wosen)
Jacob Ade-Ajayi ...
Himself - Nigeria (as Professor Jacob Ade-Ajayi)
Dudley Thompson ...
Himself - Jamaica (as Ambassador Dudley Thompson)
King Leopold II ...
Himself - Belgium (archive footage) (as King Leopold)
Bernard Magubane ...
Himself - South Africa (as Professor Bernard Magubane)
Stephen Marley ...


A documentary about the family of the late Bob Marley and their first trip to Ethiopia to attend the annual Africa Unite concert.

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Africa Unite
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Ziggy Marley and the Marley Brothers
Courtesy of Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd./Odnil Music Ltd./Blue Mountain Music Ltd. (PRS)
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Not much more than a celebrity travelogue...
25 June 2008 | by (washington, d.c.) – See all my reviews

This film is a strange confab of celebrity travel souvenir and retrospective of the Rastafarian movement on the occasion of Bob Marley's 60th birthday.

Much of the surviving Marley clan is featured here — Ziggy, Rita, Cedelia, Damian and Julian — there's music and interviews. And more interviews — interviews with lots of people who just happened to show up for Bob's birthday celebration down in Ethiopia. There's Danny Glover, Angelique Kidjo, Lauren Hill and others but the participants here seem to be fighting over Marley's legacy as much as celebrating it.

But the title of the film is 'Africa Unite' and NOT 'A Posthumous Celebration of Bob Marley's 60th Birthday'. Though the film doesn't come together as a cohesive narrative or a document of an important event, it does feature a few good, informative moments for people unfamiliar with Marley and/or the Rastafarian movement.

Notably, Haile Selassie's 1963 address to the U.N. and the pan-African movement are addressed after the 2nd half-hour, the same speech that Marley put to music and recorded as the song "War".

But the relationship of these celebrities and the search for human rights, cultural development and education get somewhat muddled as the filmmakers wander back and forth from hotel conference-rooms to the streets of Addis Ababa apparently seeking some sort of grilled-cheese manifestation of the departed musician. There's plenty of archival footage and information about Haile Selassie, but those who are really interested in the subculture and Marley's impact might do better to see Jeremy Marre's 'Rebel Music' (2001), Awake Zion (2005), The Promised Ship (2000) or any of the many Wailers concert videos.

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