There’s a natural mystic blowing through the air..
In 1977, Bob Marley arrived in London after surviving an assassination attempt in Jamaica. By the end of the year he was to record what is now considered one of the greatest albums of all time, Exodus: Movement Of Jah People by Bob Marley and The Wailers at Sarm West Studios in Basing St, Ladbroke Grove.
On the 23rd – 25th June 2017, One Voice Community Collective and Roots Renaissance will present a historic 40th anniversary and festival, Grove Roots Revival Pt2, Exodus40, that will take place at Bay56 Acklam Village just off the world famous Portobello Rd in the heart of Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill just a few streets away from where the album was originally recorded.
Former ‘Misty In Roots’ Hornsman, Local Musician and Community Activist, Niles ‘Asheber’ Hailstones will lead his groundbreaking and innovative collective, Afrikan Revolution in a tribute performance of the ‘Exodus’ Album in both it’s original form and modern reinterpretation with special guests and veteran musicians from the UK’s black music fraternity.
The Anniversary will take place over 3 days and will also feature a living arts and culture space, panel discussions, debates and a short film “So much things to say” all relating to the ‘Exodus’ Theme. We will compare the relevance of the albums content to the present day and examine the issues that arise from the songs in spiritual, social and political context.
As well as looking at how Marley’s precence influenced the area, we will also be looking at how the ‘Grove’ influenced and stimulated Bob’s creative direction and input on the Exodus Album.
This festival is an opportunity to inform, inspire, unite, and galvanise our local community of artists to recognize and collectively celebrate the significant cultural legacy of the era and Bob Marley & The Wailers time in the ‘Grove’
This festival comes at a time of great challenges and changes in the local community. As the original pioneers and innovators make their transitions to the ancestral realm can we can we learn from the past and move into the future?
In the immortal words of Bob “There’s a natural mystic blowing in the air”..
The Revolution Is Now, Come We Go!
Fri 23rd June: The People
Short Film: “So Much Things To Say – A Living Testimony
A series of interviews with key figures in the local grassroots community revealing some of the untold stories surrounding Marley’s sojourn in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
This short film will shed light on Bob’s connection with the local grassroots Rastafarian, Black Power and Pan African Movements of the time, which is often overlooked in favor of focusing on his involvement with the Punk Rock movement. It’s obvious that Marley’s works at the time were deeply affected by both the Pan African liberation struggle for freedom and independence and his experiences in London as demonstrated by his later work on both “Survival” (1979) and “Uprising” (1980)
Panel Discussion/Q&A with Leslie Palmer, Michael Campbell and more
Event will be opened and closed with Nyabinghi Drummers
Sat 24th June: The Music
Jamming with the Revolution: Afrikan Revolution Meets Bullit & The Hardway at Bay56
Live Performance of the Exodus Album feat: Asheber & The Afrikan Revolution with special guests Bullit & The Hardway.
They will be joined by Special Guests and Veteran Musicians from the UK Reggae/Black Music fraternity.
Sun 25th June: Grove Roots Revival : A Living Arts & Culture Space.
An open live art and ‘Musikal Medicine’ session hosted by Afrikan Revolution, local Artist Toby Laurent Belson. Fera Arts and members of One Voice Community Collective.
This will be an opportunity for participants of the festival to freely and spontaneously express their inspiration and feedback through the medium of music and art.
(OVCC will provide a Live P.A System, Art Materials, Djembe Drumming Workshops and professional facilitators for participants)
Tickets available from Eventbrite
Limited amount of £10 Tickets Available at Eventbrite (Give general admission for all 3 days)
£5 on the day / all days / under 18’s and over 60’s free
We hope to see you at the event, in the meantime here is a little taste of the vibes you will find at the Grove Roots Revival
Asheber & The Hardway perform “Exodus” by Bob Marley & The Wailers at Grove Roots Revival 1-9 October 2017,
Bay56, Acklam Village, Ladbroke Grove.
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