The reimagined version of the much-loved reggae anthem will feature members of the Marley family, established musicians from all corners of the globe, artists from conflict zones around the world, and children living in vulnerable communities. The new version of the song will go on sale on Friday, July 17.
Bob Marley Live at the Rainbow Theatre London 1977. Photo by Adrian Boot
The iconic Bob Marley song One
Love is to be re-released to support children whose lives have been upset by COVID-19.
This is part of a fundraising initiative by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to
save children from the devastating effects of COVID-19.
Originally recorded in 1977 by
Bob Marley and the Wailers, One Love/People Get Ready is an iconic song for
millions across the globe with its everlasting message to come together as one to
tackle the suffering of children.
The reimagined version of the much-loved
reggae anthem will feature members of the Marley family, established musicians
from all corners of the globe, artists from conflict zones around the world,
and children living in vulnerable communities. The new version of the song will
go on sale on Friday, July 17.
“Over 40 years ago, my father
wrote One Love about unity, peace and universal love during a time when there
was much trouble in the world”, said Cedella Marley. “Even in a time when we
aren’t able to ‘get together’, his message remains true today: we can get
through this global crisis if we come together through one love and one heart.”
All proceeds from the song and
related activities will directly support Reimagine, UNICEF’s global campaign to
prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis for children and
to ensure the post-pandemic world is more fair and equal for every child.
“One Love speaks directly to one
key truth about this pandemic: our best hope to defeat COVID-19 and to
reimagine a more equal, less discriminatory world for children is through
global solidarity and co-operation”, said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta
UNICEF estimates that an
additional 6,000 children could die every day from preventable causes over the
next six months – almost all of them (over 90 per cent) in low or lower-middle
income countries where the coronavirus pandemic has placed an additional strain
on already fragile health systems and basic services.
Children are also extremely
vulnerable to the indirect impacts of COVID-19, such as school closures, food
shortages, limited access to basic healthcare, and disruptions to medical
supply chains. The agency intends to use the money raised from One Love to
respond to immediate needs, which include soap, facemasks, gloves, hygiene
kits, protective equipment and lifesaving information for children and
“We have a unique opportunity to
chart a brighter future for the children and young people most likely to
suffer its long-term consequences”, said Ms Fore. “From ending violence,
injustice and discrimination, to building fairer and more just societies, young
people have made their message loud and clear. It is time for the rest of the
world to hear it.”
The project also has the support
of jewellery brand, Pandora, which has pledged to match every dollar raised to
purchase One Love, up to the value of USD 1 million.