Rita Marley on behalf of The Bob & Rita Marley Foundations announced at a press conference in South Africa today that in February 2007 they will bring "Africa Unite 2007" to South Africa. Through a series of benefit concerts, symposiums, fund raisers and events, Africa Unite 2007 will encourage peace, education and empowerment for youth in Africa while reinforcing the significance of Bob Marley's Songs of Freedom to manifest change throughout the world. Africa Unite 2007 is Executive Directed by Mrs. Rita Marley and Executive Produced by Christine Hansen and Thirty-Three Productions, Inc.
This year, Africa Unite will join forces with the Emerging Leadership Programme, initiated by the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, which honors the peacemaker and iconic Nobel Peace Laureate, Desmond Tutu. The Emerging Leadership Programme grooms young leaders with value-based leadership for reconciliation, transformation and peace in global communities. Africa Unite 2007 will also support the Shanduka Foundation's Adopt-a-School Programme that is committed to providing quality education to all African children, and the Ubuntu Institute that is dedicated to the development of young social entrepreneurs on the African continent who are committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Each organization will contribute their combined resources to Africa Unite 2007 and share in the singular goal to unite Africa through peace, education and empowerment for all people.
"Our family is committed to keeping the legacy and teachings of Bob alive to spread "One Love" worldwide through the power of music, which is a gift from God," said Mrs. Rita Marley. "I have so much hope for Africa. It is our goal to bring life to the words of "Africa Unite" and aid where help is needed, while creating opportunities and sustainable change for youth in Africa and worldwide."
Africa Unite 2007 will commence on the honor rebel Bob Marley's birthday, February 6, 2007 and continue throughout Black History Month to include:
* February 6 - Bob Marley's 62nd Birthday celebration and Africa Unite kickoff ceremony
* February 7 - Bob Marley Photo Exhibit and Mrs. Rita Marley "No Woman No Cry" Book Launch
* February 7 - Africa Unite Benefit Concert at the site where Nelson Mandela cast his first vote
* February 9-13 - Africa Unite "You Can't Blame the Youth" Education symposium and workshops to encourage peace, education and empowerment for Africa's youth
* February 14 - Constitution Hill Debut of "Freedom Fighters" photo exhibition featuring rarely seen photos of Bob Marley including an exhibit from famed photographer Alf Kumalo and more
* February 14 - Constitution Hill "One Love" Fundraising dinner & photo auction
* February 14 - Catch a Fire Fashion Show featuring local South African designers
* February 17 - Africa Unite for Empowerment Benefit Concert
* February 22 - "Songs of Freedom" Fundraising Dinner
* February 24 - Africa Unite for Peace Benefit Concert
Born in Ethiopia in 2005, and again realized in Ghana in 2006, the now annual Africa Unite events came to life from the unwavering passion and spirit of Mrs. Rita Marley.
Mrs. Marley and her family are inspired to spread the spirit and legacy of Bob Marley, to continue to bring life to his Songs of Freedom and to actively work towards a united Africa in their lifetime. The Africa Unite events have begun a global movement that continues to create worldwide awareness for vital issues affecting Africa as well as realizing important and meaningful change that will contribute to lasting solutions.
"It is an honor to bring the legend of Bob Marley to South Africa to manifest the monumental changes Africa Unite will deliver," said Christine Hansen, Executive Prod