During the holidays I was in Nassau, Bahamas, on Keith Richards’ birthday, December 18th. We stayed at the Marley Resort and Spa and had a wonderful afternoon with the beautiful Rita Marley, who was also in Nassau.
Rita Marley and Chris Murray at the Marley Resort and Spa in Nassau. Copyright ©Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.
Rita had been to Govinda Gallery in April of 2009 when she was last in Washington with Ziggy Marley who was preforming at the White House Easter Egg Roll. Rita came to Govinda to enjoy David Burnett’s exhibition Soul Rebel featuring photographs of Bob Marley and the Reggae scene in 1975 in Jamaica and in 1976 during the Exodus Tour in Europe. There are some wonderful photos of Rita and the I-Threes in that exhibition and book of the same name.
President Obama with his family and Rita and Ziggy Marley.
I had with me a copy of the book Rolling Stones 40 x 20, which I edited, and showed Rita the wonderful photo by Michael Putland of Mick Jagger with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, which she enjoyed very much.
Bob Marley, Mick Jagger, and Peter Tosh. Copyright ©Michael Putland. All Rights Reserved.
I also gave Rita the invitation card to Govinda Gallery’s exhibition in Havana at Fototeca de Cuba from 2002, La Revolucion del Rock and Roll, which featured Kate Simon’s photograph of Bob Marley on the invitation card. Kate’s photo is also currently featured in the Sound and Vision exhibition that just began at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia. We also had a lovely time with Stephanie Marley who tastefully manages the Marley Hotel. It is a lovely place to stay with only 16 rooms and a beautiful garden atmosphere.
Stephanie Marley and Carlotta Hester at the Marley Resort and Spa in Nassau. Copyright ©Chris Murray. All Rights Reserved.
I was excited to hear from Rita that Cedella Marley has designed the costumes for the Jamaican Olympic team for the opening ceremony of this summer’s 2012 Olympics in London. We will be there.