Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) announced today that it will pay tribute to the legendary and iconic artist Bob Marley with "Bob Marley 30th Memorial Special," a five-day commemoration featuring music, performances and interviews. "Bob Marley 30th Memorial Special" will air Wednesday, May 11, the 30th anniversary of Marley's passing, through Sunday, May 15 at 11:59 pm ET on The Joint, channel 42. Programming such as this sets Sirius XM apart from all other forms of audio entertainment.
Sirius XM listeners will hear music by Bob Marley & the Wailers, including favorites like "No Woman, No Cry," "One Love" and "Redemption Song;" early classics rarely aired; as well as Marley covers by artists such as Rihanna, Sheryl Crow, Trey Anastasio, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Buffett, Annie Lennox, Matisyahu and Lee Ritenour; and remixes of Marley's work by his son, producer Stephen Marley.
The five-day special will also feature stories and testimonies from music icons talking about Marley's significance and importance. Listeners will hear from James Brown, Billy Idol, Sly & Robbie and more.
Ziggy Marley will also perform an acoustic set of songs from his upcoming album, Wild and Free (Tuff Gong Worldwide), scheduled to be released on Tuesday, June 14. The acoustic set of songs were recorded live at the SiriusXM studios in New York City. In addition to the performance, SiriusXM listeners will also hear Ziggy give a rare, intimate interview discussing his childhood with his father and sharing his personal insights into Bob Marley's music legacy. The in-depth interview will also include Ziggy sharing stories about the mission of his music, his new hardcover comic book Marijuanaman and his new album Wild and Free. The interview will air on Sunday, May 15 at 11:00 pm ET.
"Bob Marley's musical legacy and spirit still resonates today and we have created a multi-dimensional tribute to honor and celebrate his genre-defining music and life," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "We are excited to bring subscribers a special multi-day celebration of Bob Marley in words and music and the exclusive performance by Ziggy Marley adds a very meaningful element to the tribute."
The Joint plays reggae music from its roots to today. Listeners will hear music by Bob Marley & the Wailers, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Vybz Kartel, Capleton, Dennis Brown, Sizzla, Beres Hammond and Jah Cure.