Show that celebrates the music of reggae hero, Bob Marley to head into Hackney Empire

PUBLISHED: 19:00 17 August 2011 | UPDATED: 15:11 26 August 2011

Otis Kirton- Musical Director of Salute To The Wailers

Otis Kirton- Musical Director of Salute To The Wailers


Reggae legend Bob Marley, died more than 30 years ago- but his music is still as relevant today as it was when he was alive.

Musical Director of new show, Salute to the Wailers, Otis Kirton said: “He wrote about things the big fish struggling to make a living which is actually a metaphor for the big politicians who always eat down the ordinary people.

“From an artist’s point of view, the message of his music is still relevant more than 40 years after it was written.”

But you don’t have to take Otis’ word for it, you can test out the music for yourself when Salute To The Wailers heads into the Hackney Empire on Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11.

The show, which will feature reggae artist Lloyd Brown, Soul Queen Mica Paris and special guest of honour, guitar legend and Wailers star Junior Marvin is set to be a celebration of the music of Bob Marley and Jamaica’s first super group.

Otis said: “Some people might not be aware of the music of Bob Marley and The Wailers but for the people that enjoy music and dance to it, it touches them in a way that other music does not do and we are keeping their memory and their contribution to music alive.”

Otis grew up listening to the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers but only really started taking in the lyrics in his late teens.

He said: “The music of Bob Marley was always played in my house by my parents but I never really took it on board and thought about what was being said.

“I really got into Bob Marley in my late teens and then started to understand the music.

“I realised that it was quite magical and my appreciation for the music grew.”

Audiences can also expect to hear some of Bob Marley’s classic hits including One Love, I Shot The Sheriff, Buffalo Soldier and many more.

Tickets for the show are £18 to £30 from the box office on 0208 985 2424.

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