To celebrate the country’s liberation from colonial rule, Bob Marley and The Wailers performed at the Zimbabwe Independence Celebration ceremony at Rufaro Stadium on April 18, 1980. Throughout the liberation struggle Guerrillas listened to Marley’s inspirational lyrics on cassette tapes, the chance to see the band perform live was an unimaginable dream come true.
Marley paid his way to play
It should also be noted that when invited to play at the event, the Zimbabwe government – with little idea about the logistics of putting on such a concert – were unable to finance getting the band and their equipment over to Africa. So, in true Bob Marley fashion, he decided to finance the trip himself and hired a plane to take everyone and their gear over to Salisbury.
Touched by the rebel soldiers’ story and honored that they would want Marley to come and play at their country’s inauguration, Marley accepted the offer anyway and spent $80,000 of his own money to transport himself, his band, and their equipment to play at the event.
01 – Natural Mystic (0:15)
02 – Positive Vibration (3:34)
03 – Roots, Rock, Reggae (8:46)
04 – Lively Up Yourself (13:51)
05 – Speech & Intro Zimbabwe (18:52)
06 – Zimbabwe (19:25)
07 – Running Away / Crazy Baldhead (23:00)
08 – Get Up, Stand Up (29:19)
09 – Exodus (34:50)