Decades after his death, Bob Marley’s music is still changing the world. The Inquisitr recently reported that Bob Marley’s most successful compilation album Legend had made it to the top 10 of the Billboard charts for the first time in 38 years. Legend sits comfortably at the number five spot this week, thanks to a Google Play promotion that discounted Marley’s album to only 99 cents.
Bob Marley did have albums make it to the top 10 of charts in his lifetime. His album Rastaman Vibration, released in 1976, made it to the number eight spot. But Marley continues to find posthumous success. Legend continues to sell 3,000 to 5,000 copies every single week, spreading Marley’s messages of peace and love into new generations. According to Yahoo, the current sales total for Bob Marley’s legend stands at 11,642,000.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s Legend, his devoted fans have put together a moving tribute video to the song “Get Up, Stand Up.” You can see the exclusive, unlisted Bob Marley tribute in the YouTube video above.
According to BuzzFeed, the family of Bob Marley invited his fans to take the lyrics of “Get Up, Stand Up” from 1973 and illustrate them in various ways to be compiled into a lyric video in honor of Marley’s legacy. Fans from all around the world wrote Marley’s lyrics onto signs, posters and photos, piecing together the protest-theme of the song line by line. Marley’s family then edited the photos together to work in sync with the song. Marley’s fans used the hashtag #getupstandup to promote the video and spread the word about the anniversary tribute.
“We’re always looking for opportunities to allow the fans to be able to engage with my father’s music in new ways, and let them help define what his legacy will be in the 21st century,” Ziggy Marley said to BuzzFeed News. “With it being the 30th anniversary of Legend and with the growing popularity of Instagram, we thought this would be a fitting tribute, and overall we were really pleased with the support from his fans once we launched the campaign.”
Marley’s son Ziggy has been helping to keep his father’s legacy alive for years, sometimes even performing Bob Marley’s music in front of delighted fans.
For more on Bob Marley, check out The Inquisitr’s recent report on how Marley was memorialized in a brand new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.