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Bob Marley Performs for Zimbabwe Independence 1980

On April 18, 1980, Bob Marley and the Wailers performed at the Independence Ceremony in Zimbabwe.

Marley, who had been following the events in Zimbabwe, decided he would go, says Fred Zindi, now a professor at the University of Zimbabwe. "He hired a PA system in London and paid for his freight to Zimbabwe all at his own expense.” He was the only outside artist asked to participate in Zimbabwe’s independence celebrations.

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