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Family of Bob Marley aim to find the next reggae star


THE FAMILY of legendary musician Bob Marley have launched a contest to discover the next reggae star.

Marley's Music Uprising, the brainchild of Marley's Beverage Company in partnership with music platform Sonicbids, aims to give a "voice to the new generation of artists."

Grammy-award winning artist and producer Stephen Marley said: "Our father's music inspires people around the world."

He added: "With 'Uprising,' we carry on his spirit to support creativity and give voice to a new generation of artistes who are following in his footsteps."

From May 1 to 15, artists will submit original music via to win a series of prizes, including digital downloads, live performances at major summer festivals, and the ultimate prize, a recording session at the legendary Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston, Jamaica and a track produced by Stephen Marley.

Members of the Marley family, including Cedella Marley and Ky-Mani Marley, will select 25 artistes or bands from all submissions to be featured on

Fans across the country will vote throughout the summer to select the top three bands to advance to the final round and perform live at one of three major music festivals - Sierra Nevada (Mendocino, California), Gathering of the Vibes (Bridgeport, Connecticut) and Caribbean Fever (New York City, New York).

CONTEST: The winner will receive a session at the legendary Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston, Jamaica and a track produced by Stephen Marley

The live performances will be captured on video and featured on the website where fans will elect a winning act for the Tuff Gong recording session.

"Marley's Mellow Mood is inspired by the music and message of Bob Marley - peace, love, happiness and tolerance," said Kevin McClafferty, CEO of Marley Beverage Company.

"In a fast-paced world, Marley's Mellow Mood stands to remind us all to take time to enjoy life. Through Marley Music Uprising, we are proud to celebrate the creative spirit and the legacy Bob has given the world," he said.

In addition to the band competition, Marley Beverage Company is running a consumer promotion to send lucky fans for a Marley Uprising Getaway in Jamaica.

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