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Previously unreleased Bob Marley song arrives on streaming platforms

Fans of the reggae legend can enjoy a previously unreleased song and an upcoming biopic
Bob Marley (Photo Credit: Bang Media)

The lost Bob Marley song, “Selassie is the Chapel,” has been released.

The 1968 tune by the late reggae icon was penned by his friend and teacher, Mortimer Planno, and is about his meeting with Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie during a visit to Jamaica in 1966.

It’s being released on Marley’s former label JAD Records, which was founded by late country music legend Johnny Cash.

As well as being able to stream on all major platforms, a limited batch of just 2,000 vinyl copies has been made available.

The previously unreleased song’s arrival comes a few months ahead of the biopic Bob Marley: One Love, which is due to be released in cinemas on Feb. 14, 2024.

Kingsley Ben-Adir portrays the legendary singer in the movie, which is helmed by King Richard director Reinaldo Marcus Green and is produced by Bob Marley’s widow Rita Marley and their son Ziggy Marley and daughter Cedella Marley.

The film also stars James Norton, Lashana Lynch and Tosin Cole.

Bob Marley: One Love celebrates the life and music of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love and unity,” a description of the movie reads. “On the big screen for the first time, discover Bob’s powerful story of overcoming adversity and the journey behind his revolutionary music.”

Bob Marley tragically died of cancer in 1981 when he was 36 years old, but he is widely considered one of the pioneers of reggae music.

The late star, who had 11 children with seven different partners, sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

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