Bob Marley To Be Exhumed In Jamaica and Buried in Ethiopia 
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Wednesday, 12 January 2005

Bob Marley’s wife, Rita Marley, announced Wednesday that she plans to exhume Bob Marley’s remains in Jamaica and rebury them in his "spiritual resting place," Ethiopia. Marley was born in Jamaica in 1945, and died in 1981 of cancer.

The reburial is set for an unspecified date after a month-long celebration entitled “Africa Unite” to be held next month in Ethiopia. “Africa Unite,” which is supported by the Ethiopian church and government, would help raise funds for poor families in the country.

Rita Marley said her husband would be reburied in Shashemene, 155 miles south of Addis Ababa where several hundred Rastafarians have lived since they were given land by Ethiopia's last emperor, Haile Selassie. Hailie is thought of a living God by thousands of Jamaicans and is head of the Rastafarian religious movement.

Marley was a devout Rastafarian, a faith whose followers preach a oneness with nature, grow their hair into long matted strands called dreadlocks and smoke marijuana as a sacrament.

The Marley Family, Senegal's Baaba Maal and Youssou N'Dour, Angelique Kidjo of Benin and other African and reggae artists will perform at “Africa Unite” which is expected to be broadcast in Africa and beyond.


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