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AFRICA UNITE 2006 - GHANA, WEST AFRICA

Once more, the Bob Marley and the Rita Marley Foundations hosted a celebration of The Honour Rebel's Birthday, AFRICA UNITE 2006. Last year it was Ethiopia, this year, the proceedings took place in Ghana West Africa, from February 1st through the 6th, 2006.

Events included a photo exhibition, a symposium and a monster concert featuring musicians from Africa and Jamaica. There were also visits to important historical sites in Ghana and cabaret shows with musicians.

 

AFRICA UNITE 2006 SYNOPSIS

This year’s Africa Unite Symposium was held in Accra, Ghana on the 6th of February at the International Trade Fair Conference Center. The theme of this year’s symposium was Bob Marley, the Man and His music.

In the tradition of Africa Unite we were once again fortunate to have several high-powered speakers in attendance, namely Professor Tony Martin of Wellesley College, Professor Carolyn Cooper of the University of the West Indies, famed poet and philosopher Mutaburaka of Jamaica, Professor Kwabena Nketia of the University of Legon and Professor Matt Jensen of the Berklee School of Music. We were fortunate to have with us also Honourable Mr. Jake Obetsie-Lamptey, Minister of Tourism and the Modernization of the Capital as well as many other distinguished guests.

Dr Eleanor Wint (Director RMF) welcomed and acknowledged our special guests. A Special dynamic and scintillating Greeting and Opening Address was given by Ms. Doneisha Prendergast (first granddaughter).She spoke of the need for us to know ourselves and to have the energy to get up and do something, despite all the odds.

The conference was very well attended by a cross-section of the Ghanaian community (mainly male) which included students, teachers, ministers, community organizers, journalist and musicians. Ivory Coast, Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso, Togo, Jamaica and USA nationals were in attendance at the conference

Symposium Session Review

Presentation: Prof. Anthony Martin, Wellesley College (Bob Marley - The Man; Bob Marley, Marcus Garvey and the Pan-African Revolution)

Presentation: Prof. Matt Jenson, Berklee College of Music / Prof. Kwabena Nketia, ICAMD (Bob Marley - His Music; Music Is More Than Music!)

Presentation: Donesha Prendergast

Presentation: Mutubaruka

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