After years of waiting, “Bob Marley: One Love,” the biopic centered on the life of Jamaican icon Bob Marley will arrive in theaters on February 14.
British actors Kingsley Ben-Adir and Lashana Lynch are set to take on the iconic roles of Bob Marley and Rita Marley in the film. Spanning the pivotal years from 1976 to 1978, the movie delves into the creation of Marley's timeless album, Exodus, as well as the assassination attempt on the lives of the legendary couple.
Throughout the film, several artists from Jamaica are making their film debuts as members of the cast including some of the children whose parents played integral roles in Marley’s life. To introduce some of the island’s rising stars, here are 8 Jamaican Artists Making Their Film Debuts in ‘Bob Marley: One Love’
Alex Gallimore aka ALEXX A-GAME, will play the legendary Peter Tosh, a founding member of The Wailers. A Rastafari activist, he advocated for equal rights and the legalization of marijuana. He also enjoyed a prolific solo career with hits like “Legalize It” and “Mama Africa.”
Combining Reggae and hip hop, Alexx-A-Game has released several popular songs including “Hurt Inside” and mixtapes. He is currently at work on his debut full-length LP.
Aston Barrett Jr.
Ashton Barret Jr., will play his real-life father, Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, the renowned bassist for Bob Marley and the Wailers who recently passed away on Feb. 4 (Sunday), 2024.
Currently, Aston Barrett Jr. leads The Wailers Band, where he received a Grammy nomination in 2020 for Best Reggae Album in 2020 for One World. Additionally, he co-produced Damian Marley’s “The Struggle Discontinues” from his Stony Hill album which won a Grammy.
The daughter of well-known Jamaican singers Dr. Carlene Davis-Cowan and Tommy Cowan, Naomi Cowan makes her film debut playing Marica Griffiths, one of the members of the I-Threes, Marley’s backing vocal trio. Griffiths is also known for her hit “Electric Boogie” which gave birth to the Electric Slide. The song reached number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1990.
As one of the rising Caribbean stars, Naomi Cowan was named the Breakthrough Reggae Artist of 2018 at the 2019 Jamaica Reggae Industry Awards. Her hit single “Paradise Plum '' topped several reggae charts.
Gawaine ‘J-Summa’ Campbell
Antonio ‘Gilly’ Gilbert, Marley’s chef on the Exodus tour, will be played by Gawaine ‘J-Summa’ Campbell. Along with making his big film debut in the biopic, Campbell released “Heaven and Home”, his debut single in 2023.
Junior Marvin, a member of the legendary Bob Marley and The Wailers, will be portrayed by his own son, Davo. Blending Reggae with R&B, he has released several songs including “Pull Up” featuring Tory Lanez.
Hector Roots Lewis
A noted talent of Roots Reggae, Hector Roots Lewis is slated to play Carlton ‘Carly’ Barrett, a long-time drummer of Bob Marley and the Wailers. Lewis, a rising talent on the Roots Reggae scene who has worked with acts like Chronixx, is known for songs such as “Dusk Til Dawn,” “Nuh Better Than Yard,” “Ups and Downs,” and “Let’s Groove.”
Anna-Sharé Blake, more famously known as Sevana, will play another of the I-Threes, Judy Mowatt, who also produced her solo project Black Woman, hailed as a classic in reggae music.
A singer, actress, and model, Sevana came to prominence as a contestant in the Digicel Rising Stars competition in 2008. She’s a former member of Protoje’s In.Digg.Nation Collective, a group of reggae artists who promote conscious music. Her self-titled debut was released in 2016 and her sophomore EP, Be Somebody, in 2020.
Sheldon Shepherd is making his film debut, playing the role of Neville Garrick, Marley’s close friend and art director, who passed away in November. As founder and lead singer of No-Maddz, a Jamaican art collective and roots reggae band, Shepard had released several albums including The Trod - Live!! (2010) Sly and Robbie Presents No-Maddz!! (2015), and Heaven on Earth (2019).
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