French artists Octave Marsal and Theo De Gueltzl animated the video.
February 6 marks what would be Bob Marley‘s 75th birthday. In honor of the date, the late legend’s estate has released a new video for “Redemption Song.”
Last Friday, Marley’s surviving family members gathered at West Hollywood’s 1 Hotel for a celebratory brunch. Marley’s daughter Cedella spoke with Billboard about the video and planned celebrations.
“I think it came out amazing,” she said. “We went through this six-month process with Octave and Theo going through it page by page, us approving it all. When I watch it, it still gives me goosebumps.”
The track originally appeared on Marley’s twelfth album, Uprising. Marley wrote the song after he was diagnosed with cancer in 1979. In 2004, Rolling Stone placed the song at number 66 in its “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” The new video is just one of the projects Marley’s family has planned.
Ziggy and Stephen Marley will headline Redondo Beach’s BeachLife Festival with a tribute performance in May. The family also promises the release of “freshly unearthed tracks and exhibitions.”
Redemption Song’s most iconic lines originally appeared in a Marcus Garvey speech from 1937. “We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery,” Garvey said. “Because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind.”
“It’s as relevant now as it was then,” Cedella said. “With the world how it is right now, we need to be redeeming some things today. It’s new but it’s still old and it’s good to see Daddy in that space.”