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Whilst others have taken a more negative approach to this election a group of well-known kiwi musicians have taken positive inspiration from Bob Marley.
Get Up Stand Up is a nonpartisan project aimed at inspiring those disengaged with politics to stand as one (Tūtahi) and vote.
The voice of the younger generation is lost. 42% of 18-24 year olds didn’t vote in the last election. If this trend continues, then within a few years participation in our democracy will reach catastrophically low levels.
Bob Marley’s influence on our nation cannot be underestimated. His one and only concert in New Zealand, at Auckland’s Western Springs in April 1979, left a lasting mark on a country still striving to define its cultural identity.
Bob inspired a feeling of hope in New Zealand that still resonates to this day.
Let’s flip the script and get young people to turn out in record numbers!
After the Marley Family Trust blessed us with recording confirmation on Friday the 1st of August, by the following Wednesday (Jamaican Independence Day) we had 22 amazing NZ artists collaborating on this inspiring project.
Get Up Stand Up
Written by B.Marley and P.Tosh
Covered by Tūtahi (Stand as One)
Arranged By W.Maxwell / L.Kora
Engineered by Lee Prebble
Produced by Loop Recordings Aot(ear)oa
Warren Maxwell: Clav, Keys
Laughton Kora: Guitar, Hammond
Brad Kora: Drums
Rio Hunuki-Hemopo: Bass
Alistair Fraser: Pukaea
Tiki Taane: Pūtātara (conch shell)
Vocalists (Alphabetical Order):
Charlie Pome’e (Three Houses Down)
Daniel Weetman (The Black Seeds)
Darren Katene (1814)
ENO (SuperVillans RMC)
Laughton Kora (Kora, L.A.B.)
Logan Bell (Katchafire)
Rio Hunuki-Hemopo (TrinityRoots)
Warren Maxwell (TrinityRoots)
"Get Up, Stand Up" was the last song Bob Marley ever performed on stage, on September 23, 1980 at the Stanley Theater, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Let’s keep his voice alive by getting up, standing up and making a positive change for generations to come.
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