Bob Marley's 60th birthday will be celebrated with a month-long program of events in Ethiopia in Feb. 2005. The program, titled "Africa Unite," will be spearheaded by a globally-televised concert feat

Bob Marley's 60th birthday will be celebrated with a month-long program of events in Ethiopia in February 2005. The program, titled "Africa Unite," will be spearheaded by a globally televised concert featuring the Marley children and his former backing singers the I-Threes.

Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones and top African acts including Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal and Youssou N'Dour will also perform.

Partners in "Africa Unite" include Unicef, the World Bank and the Africa Union, an umbrella organization of 53 states. The program was unveiled earlier this week by the Bob Marley Foundation and the Rita Marley Foundation, the two charitable organizations dedicated to furthering the singer's legacy.

Ethiopia was chosen as the venue because of its role as the home of the late Emperor Haile Selassie, the spiritual leader of the Rastafarian faith, to which Marley subscribed.

The main celebratory event will be a concert Feb. 6 in Addis Ababa's Mascoll Square, recognizing what would have been Marley's 60th birthday. The singer died of cancer on May 11, 1981.

Negotiations are under way for international rights to broadcast the concert.

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