Bob Marley, the legendary reggae icon, continues to captivate audiences around the world with his timeless music and inspiring story. The Jamaican legend gained global acclaim in the 1970s for his reggae music. Born in 1945 to a white middle-class father and a black mother in Jamaica, Marley’s musical roots were deeply influenced by Rastafarianism. Under the mentorship of Rastafarian singer Joe Higgs at 14, Marley co-founded the successful Jamaican reggae group, ‘Wailers’. His marriage to devout Rastafarian Rita Anderson in 1964 deepened his connection to the religion, reflected in his music. Marley, through his international reggae stardom, elevated Rastafari culture to mainstream discourse, expanding its global influence. His music, a fusion of reggae, rocksteady, ska, and dub, embodied his spiritual beliefs. Marley’s impact on reggae and Rastafarianism remains profound, continuing to inspire people worldwide.
Now, his life is set to be immortalized on the big screen in the much-anticipated biopic, “Bob Marley: One Love Movie.” While the film boasts an impressive cast, what many people may not realize is the significant presence of actors with Caribbean roots who bring an authentic touch to the portrayal of this iconic figure.
As the release date of “Bob Marley: One Love Movie” approaches, the anticipation continues to grow, fueled in part by the exceptional cast of Caribbean actors who lend their talent and authenticity to the project. Their contributions ensure that the film not only tells the story of Bob Marley but also celebrates the vibrant culture and spirit of the Caribbean.
So, mark your calendars for February 14, 2024, and get ready to be transported to the sun-drenched shores of Jamaica, where the reggae legend’s music and the talent of the Caribbean actors will converge in a cinematic experience like no other. “Bob Marley: One Love Movie” promises to be a celebration of love, music, and the enduring legacy of one of the greatest musicians of all time.
Kingsley Ben-Adir (Bob Marley)- Trinidad and Tobago
Born in Kentish Town, London, England, hails from a diverse background with a Black Trinidadian mother and a White British father. His maternal grandparents originated from Trinidad and Tobago. Renowned for his performances in “The OA,” “Peaky Blinders,” and “One Night in Miami…,” Ben-Adir has made a significant impact in the world of acting.
Lashana Lynch (Rita Marley)- Jamaica
Lashana Lynch, a British actress with Jamaican heritage, was born on November 27, 1987, in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom. Lynch, who plays Rita Marley in the upcoming bio-pic, gained recognition for her notable performances in “No Time to Die,” “Captain Marvel,” and “Bulletproof.”
Sheldon Shepherd (Jamaica)- Neville Garrick
Sheldon Shepherd, a Jamaican artist and performer, assumes the role of Neville Garrick, Bob Marley’s art director in the One Love bio-pic. With over two decades of experience in the creative and cultural arts field, Sheldon engages in diverse artistic pursuits. He is involved in writing and directing for the stage, has gained recognition as a published dub poet, and has showcased his acting skills in various films, including “Better Mus’ Come.”
Naomi Cowan (Marcia Griffiths)- Jamaica
Naomi Cowan, a Jamaican singer and songwriter, was born into a musical family. Raised by her parents, reggae music producer Tommy Cowan and international reggae vocalist Dr. Carlene Davis-Cowan, Naomi developed a diverse musical background in piano and acoustic guitar. Recognized as a top rising female artist in Caribbean music, she received the Breakthrough Reggae Artist of 2018 at the 2019 Jamaica Reggae Industry Awards. Her hit single “Paradise Plum” has achieved chart-topping success, solidifying her presence in the new wave of reggae music.
Alexx-A-Game (Peter Tosh)- Jamaica
Alexx A-Game, a Jamaican artist and musician, has been a prominent figure in the music industry since 2010. Over the years, he has consistently delivered a repertoire of singles and albums, showcasing his dedication and contribution to the vibrant music scene.
Sundra Oakley (Diane Jobson)- Jamaica
Sundra Oakley, a deeply proud Jamaican, was born in Queens, New York, USA, with a heritage spanning English, African, Scottish, East Indian, and Cuban roots. Accomplished in various fields including acting, dancing, martial arts, writing, producing, and teaching languages, she has been featured in award-winning productions on stage, film, and television. Passionate about travel, language acquisition, social justice, and the arts, Sundra, based in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons, is committed to uplifting collective consciousness.
Davo (Junior Marvin)- Jamaica
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Davo, son of reggae legend Junior Marvin, grew up immersed in a musical legacy. His unique sound led to collaborations with hip-hop artists like Rick Ross and Tory Lanez. Featured in the Bob Marley biopic “One Love,” Davo plays his father, Junior Marvin, a pivotal member of The Wailers. As a multi-talented artist, Davo’s psychedelic R&B style promises to make a significant impact on the film and music industry. His role in “One Love” and his musical prowess, showcased through collaborations and original works, foreshadow imminent success and a groundbreaking contribution to pop culture. Davo’s creative instincts and potential are poised to reshape the entertainment landscape.
Hector Lewis (Carlton Carly Barrett)- Jamaica
Hector Lewis is a Jamaican Artist/ Actor whose profound love for Arts and Music began in during his early days in his hometown parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica. His mother, the legendary songbird Barbara Jones continues to have a major influence on his approach to music and the performing arts – honing his talent that boasts an electric blend of classic influences and modern sounds. Hector completed his first major role as Carlton Carly Barrett in the upcoming Bob Marley ONE LOVE biopic.
Anthony Michael Welsh- Jamaica + Saint Kitts and Nevis
Anthony Michael Welsh, a British actor with Jamaican and Saint Kitts and Nevis heritage, entered the film scene with his debut in Red Tails (2012). Notably, he gained recognition for portraying Lucky Gordon in The Trial of Christine Keeler (2019–2020).
Aston Barrett Jr (Family Man Barrett)- Jamaica
Aston Barrett Jr., a musician and producer, is the son of Aston “Familyman” Barrett, renowned as the bassist and musical director for Bob Marley & The Wailers.
Sevana (Judy Mowatt)- Jamaica
Anna-Sharé Blake, known by her stage name Sevana, is a Jamaican reggae vocalist recognized for her portrayal of Judy Mowatt in the biographical film “Bob Marley: One Love.” With hits like “Nobody Man” and “Mango,” she has established herself as a prominent artist in the reggae scene, collaborating with fellow reggae singer Protoje.
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