Did You Know Ky-Mani Marley, Cherine Anderson & Idris Elba Starred in “One Love” (2003)

Did you know there was a One Love movie over 20 years ago starring Ky-Mani Marley, Cherine Anderson, and Idris Elba? In 2003, Jamaican cinema brought us a heartwarming tale set against the vibrant music scene of Kingston. “One Love,” directed by Rick Elgood and Don Letts, follows the story of a young Rasta musician named Kassa (played by Ky-Mani Marley) who falls in love with Serena, a gospel singer portrayed by Cherine Anderson. Their budding romance faces obstacles as her father, a Pentecostal preacher, disapproves of their relationship. Adding to the drama is a corrupt record producer and the allure of a music contest prize. The film showcases the cultural richness of Jamaica, with a soundtrack featuring Bob Marley, Sean Paul and Shaggy.

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Despite its low-budget trimmings, “One Love” shines with charming leads and a standout vocal performance from Cherine Anderson. The film’s portrayal of love striving to cross cultural divides resonates with audiences, offering a sweet and well-cast tale.


Cherine Anderson’s acting career blossomed after her role in “One Love.” She collaborated with renowned artists like Sting, Wyclef Jean, and Britney Spears. Her success extended beyond music, as she made her directorial debut in 2007 with the music video for “Kingston State of Mind.” Anderson’s versatility and talent continue to captivate audiences worldwide.

Ky-Mani Marley, the son of reggae legend Bob Marley, has made a name for himself in both music and acting. His role in “One Love” showcased his screen presence and musical talents. Marley’s journey in the entertainment industry includes Grammy nominations for his albums and collaborations with notable artists. His acting work extends beyond “One Love,” with lead roles in films like “Shottas.”

Idris Elba, known for his versatile acting career spanning from “The Wire” to “Luther” and memorable roles in films like “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” also had a role in “One Love.” His presence added depth to the film, highlighting the talent and diversity of the cast.

Fast forward to 2024, and we have another “One Love” movie on the horizon. “Bob Marley: One Love,” directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, offers a biographical glimpse into the life of the iconic reggae singer Bob Marley. Starring Kingsley Ben-Adir as Bob Marley, the film delves into his rise to fame and impact on music until his passing in 1981. Lashana Lynch portrays Rita Marley, with James Norton as Chris Blackwell.

“Bob Marley: One Love” premiered in Kingston, Jamaica, on January 23, 2024, and is set to release in the United States on February 14. As we anticipate this new chapter in the Marley legacy, let’s remember the roots of “One Love” that paved the way for this upcoming cinematic tribute.