SiriusXM and the family of Bob Marley announced an exclusive, year-round channel dedicated to the legacy of Bob Marley.
Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio launched on December 3 on SiriusXM Channel 19 and features the cultural icon’s entire music catalog, both live and recorded, including rare recordings, some of which have never been made available to the public.
The channel, curated by the Marley family, includes a wide range of Caribbean music from its inception to present day. Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio also highlights the branches of his still-growing musical legacy, including The Wailers, I-Threes, Tuff Gong International, the record label founded by Marley in the ‘70s, and his children and grandchildren as they continue to make their own impact on reggae and popular music.
Additionally, the new channel will present specialty programs and takeovers led by family members from three generations. Bob’s daughter, award-winning entertainer, fashion designer, and author Cedella Marley, will host her own monthly radio series, Nice Time, inviting listeners into her world for an “upful bit” of conversation, music, and niceness. Friends and family members will also reflect on the 40th anniversary of the release of Bob Marley’s classic ballad “Redemption Song” and its continued impact on the world. Grandson, Skip Marley, a recent Grammy nominee for both his debut album and his hit collaboration “Slow Down” with H.E.R., will share some of his favorite moments behind the making of his music.
The channel will also originate shows from Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica, including Jam-In, a monthly live music session featuring Jamaica’s hottest sound systems and selectors. The December edition is headlined by the legendary Stone Love Movement and features popular Jamaican comedy duo, Ity & Fancy Cat.
“This year marked Bob’s 75th earthstrong and the 40th anniversary of the release of “Redemption Song.” Partnering with SiriusXM for a channel devoted to not only his life’s work, but also second and third generations of artists he has inspired (including our own children and grandchildren), reflects the continuing reach of Bob Marley’s music and message beyond the boundaries of time and genre,” said Rita Marley, co-Founder of Tuff Gong International and wife of Bob Marley.
“Bob Marley and his music has transcended time, reaching fans and listeners of every generation across the globe,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM. “We are so proud to work with the Marley family to bring this full-time channel to life with his music, his message of social justice and his legacy, represented by members of his family and those that knew him best.”
SiriusXM’s The Joint channel will continue to be available on the SiriusXM app and on siriusxm.com.
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