Bob Marley: One Love, What We Know About The New Movie
Time to read 5 min
Time to read 5 min
The director, Reinaldo Marcus Green, who also directed other biographical films like Joe Bell or King Richard, now surprises us with the arrival of Bob Marley Movie: One Love, and will tell the story of the reggae legend from his beginnings to becoming the greatest representative of this musical genre. It will be a musical drama, and we are more than excited to see it in theaters.
The role of Marley will be played by Kingsley Ben-Adir, a British actor known for his roles in other films like One Night In Miami as Malcolm X and Peaky Blinders. The actor has Afro-Trinidadian, that is, West Indian, ancestry, much like Bob Marley himself.
Lashana Lynch (Matilda from Roald Dahl: the musical, Captain Marvel) will also appear as Rita Marley, the singer, and wife of the artist, and James Norton as Chris Blackwell, the talent scout who produced and launched Marley to stardom.
But that's not all this movie will bring for fans of the artist, as a soundtrack inspired by the film, approved and selected by the Marley family, will also be released. Musgraves, Daniel Caesar, Wizkid, Jessie Reyes, Bloody Civilian, Leon Bridges, and Skip Marley (Bob Marley's grandson) will join to create the LP, which will include seven songs and be released under the Island Records label.
Marley was also an advocate for causes like the legalization of weed. But his connections to the plant weren’t shallow, as he practiced the Rastafarian religion, where ganja, as they call cannabis, is a holy sacrament that helps you connect with the spiritual side. Rastas don’t consume weed for recreational purposes, but for medicinal and meditation reasons, as well as to gain insight into the mystical natural world around us. Another very well known aspect of this religion is the use of dreadlocks, which Marley himself wore. For the believers, they are more than a hairstyle, and are thought to be represented in the Old Testament as the locks Samson had and the reason for his powers, who received instructions from Yahve (Jah) to not shave his head ever. This is a tradition many Rastas still follow nowadays.
This religion believes in the existence of one god (the equivalent to Yahve: Jah), who lives inside every one of us. Originated in Ethiopia, Rastafarian religion has a deep connection with political causes, like the belief that all black populations should reunite and resist together against imperialism and colonialism. This is part of the reason why there have been many persecutions against Rastafarian activists, and we shouldn’t forget Bob Marley himself was the target of a murder attempt.
By the time Bob Marley started gaining popularity as a musician, reggae and Rastafarians didn’t have any connection, but thanks to the artist, this genre became a way of expressing thoughts, postures, and beliefs for the faithful. Later, reggae musicians took instruments and rhythms of the sacred Rastafarian music and incorporated them, creating their own fusion.
Bob Marley’s weed consumption, on the other hand, was very constant; as some sources say he was using it every day. For him, it was a way of getting to know himself and growing through meditation. He also proclaimed weed was a way of healing, while alcohol was destruction. For this reason, for Rastafarians, it’s very important to consider the person’s intentions and also the time they smoke. This makes a lot of sense if we take into consideration that weed amplifies the senses and perception we already have of our surroundings, but also our feelings, emotions, and general mood.
Bob Marley is and always will be an important cultural and musical treasure, as his songs about freedom, peace, and union still resonate with us as if they were written just yesterday. That, and his activism for fair causes and weed use, are some of the reasons why we can’t wait to watch a movie that portrays an idol of his time that transcends generations. What better time to share his message of love for humankind than watching his biopic on Valentine’s Day?
And if you feel like setting up a wholesome smoking session, here are some of Marley’s songs about ganja or cannabis you will enjoy: “Got to have kaya now”, “Excuse me while I light my spliff” and “I wanna get high, so high”. Enjoy with a good joint and the best spiritual mood!