VIDEO: Watch the full Bob Marley concert at Zimbabwe’s freedom celebrations (1980)

Watch the full Bob Marley concert at Zimbabwe’s freedom celebrations (1980)

01 Natural Mystic 0:15
02 Positive Vibration 3:34
03 Roots, Rock, Reggae 8:46
04 Lively Up Yourself 13:51
05 Speech & Intro Zimbabwe 18:52
06 Zimbabwe 19:25
07 Running Away / Crazy Baldhead 23:00
08 Get Up, Stand Up 29:19
09 Exodus 34:50


In April 1980, Bob Marley and the Wailers were afforded the highest honour of their musical careers. On April 18th, the country Rhodesia was to celebrate its independence from England and Bob Marley and The Wailers were invited to perform at the ceremony. From that day forward the African nation was to be called Zimbabwe.

Officials from Zimbabwe’s government-elect invited Marley and the band to perform at the Independence ceremonies. Cost was to be no barrier: Marley, whose “Zimbabwe” tune had proved inspirational to the ZANLA (Zimbabwe National Liberation Army) freedom fighters, was paying for it all out of his own pocket.

April 18, 1980 – Zimbabwe Independence Celebrations

* Venue: Rufaro Stadium
* City: Harare
* State/Province: Harare
* Country: Zimbabwe
* Recording Source Audience

Band lineup

* Bob Marley, vocals, rhythm guitar
* Aston Barrett, bass
* Carlton Barrett, drums
* Junior Marvin, lead guitar
* Al Anderson, lead guitar
* Tyrone Downie, keyboards
* Alvin Patterson, percussion
* The I-Threes, backing vocals