On Friday, May 10th, motorcycle and music fans alike can gather at Newcombs Ranch Roadhouse at the base of the Angeles National Forest, where Ziggy Marley, Bob’s eldest son, will perform a concert to benefit the Chepstowe Basic School in Port Antonio, Jamaica.
But beyond trying to raise funds for impoverished school children, Ziggy is also promoting a six-part documentary series, sponsored in part by Ducati, where he and his brothers Rohan and Robbie ride Ducati Multistradas through Africa. The film, entitled Marley Africa Road Trip, is directed by David Alexanian, who also directed Long Way Round and Long Way Down. View the trailer below.
Inspired by their legendary father, Bob Marley’s, trip to Africa in 1980 to perform a concert in celebration of the independence of Zimbabwe, the three brothers traveled to South Africa to continue his legacy and embark upon their own journey. This highly spirited series captures the insightful and amusing encounters that the Marleys experience as they travel on Ducati Multistrada 1200s and return to the land their father loved. Inspired, the brothers decide to audition local musicians, teach them to play their father’s music and put on a free concert in Soweto in record time.
“It was important for me to honor the message of my father,” says Ziggy. “African unity is something I want to sing about and something I believe in. It’s one of my real passions to do whatever I can to bring the idea of unity in Africa back to the table. Nobody’s talking about it. Nobody’s even thinking about it. But in my heart, I have to know that I did my part. In whatever shape or form, that’s the dream.”
The concert will begin at 4pm Pacific time with all proceeds from the event benefitting the Chepstowe Basic School, a beneficiary of Ziggy’s non-profit organization U.R.G.E., which raises money for a wide range of charitable children’s causes both in Jamaica and other developing countries. Visit the Marley Africa Road Trip website for more information on the film.
Newcomb’s Ranch Roadhouse is located at California 2, La Canada Flintridge, CA, 91011.
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