Reggae Sumfest 2018

Serbs unveil statue to Bob Marley


marleystatue-cp-5387503.jpgLate Jamaican singer Bob Marley had a statue unveiled in his memory on Saturday in a Serbian village, making it Europe's first statue to the late Jamaican reggae to promote peace and acceptance of differences in a region still recovering from war.

Two Balkan musicians, one from Croatia and one from Serbia, unveiled the monument in the village of Banatski Sokolac at midnight during a gathering of rock bands from the Balkans.

"Bob Marley promoted peace and tolerance in his music," said Mirko Miljus, an organizer. The event continued a trend of raising monuments to popular Western icons instead of local historical figures.

Bosnians have erected a monument to Bruce Lee in the town of Mostar and Serbs have put up a statue to Rocky Balboa in northern Serbia.

Following the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and the bloodshed of the 1990s, people can rarely agree on their role models and prefer figures not linked to the region.

Reggae Sumfest 2018


Reggae Sumfest 2018