When over 350,000 people gathered in Meskel Square, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to celebrate world renowned reggae icon Bob Marley's sixtieth birthday, documentary maker Stephanie Black was there to capture the event. 'Africa Unite' is both a stunning celebration of the music of Bob Marley and an inspiring portrait of the Marley family's first visit to Ethiopia - grab it on DVD from 22 August.
The film blends on-the-street and behind-the-scenes footage with snippets of the twelve hour concert, featuring performances by Lauryn Hill, Angelique Kidjo, reggae mainstays Bob Andy, Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths, and several of Marley's children, including Ziggy, Damian, Stephen, Cedella, Julian and Ky-Mani.
Alongside the music, 'Africa Unite' also delves into the purpose behind the 2005 concert: to inspire Africans, especially youths, to help themselves. It introduces the viewer to students hailing from across the continent, who were brought together in Adidas Ababa as part of the project to discuss ways in which they could spur economic and educational reform, and combat poverty and strife in their respective nations.
It's at once a concert tribute, Marley family travelogue and humanitarian documentary, igniting the screen with the inspiring spirit of Bob Marley in every frame.