Bob is finally going home. The wife of reggae star Bob Marley said she plans to exhume his remains in Jamaica and rebury them in his "spiritual resting place," Ethiopia. Rita Marley, the former Wailers backing singer who married Bob back in 1966, said "We are working on bringing his remains to Ethiopia. It is part of Bob's own mission." Bob was unavailable for comment. The reburial is set for February, Bob Marley's 60th birth anniversary, and will be dubbed "Africa Unite" after one of Marley's songs. The month long event, in conjunction with the African Union and the U.N. children's agency, will feature the Marley Family, Senegal's Baaba Maal and Youssou N'Dour, Angelique Kidjo of Benin and other African and reggae artists. The goal is to raise funds to help poor families in Ethiopia. The event is expected to be broadcast in Africa and beyond. Imagine how much weed will be there. Rita said Marley would be reburied in Shashemene, 155 miles south of Addis Ababa where several hundred Rastafarians have lived since they were given land by Ethiopia's last emperor, Haile Selassie. Hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans embraced Haile as their living god and head of the Rastafarian religious movement.
Marley was a devout Rastafarian, a faith whose followers preach a oneness with nature, grow their hair into dreadlocks and smoke marijuana as a sacrament. "Bob's whole life is about Africa, it is not about Jamaica," said Rita. "How can you give up a continent for an island? He has a right for his remains to be where he would love them to be. This was his mission. Ethiopia is his spiritual resting place," she said. "With the 60th anniversary this year, the impact is there and the time is right."
Marley was born in St. Ann, Jamaica on Feb. 6, 1945 but died of cancer in 1981.