Two days after Live8, there are a few songs I can’t get out of my head. Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor”, Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and The Black Eyed Peas covering “Get Up, Stand Up” with a couple special guests. When they announced who was joining them, I missed the woman’s name and only heard them say Stephen Marley (son of Bob) was joining them. The performance was fantastic and is still ringing in my ears.
Today when I was looking over some of the coverage of Live8 Philly, I found out that the woman was Rita Marley, Bob Marley’s wife. Wow. She converted to Rastafari before he did and was a backup singer in The Wailers. She was also shot in the head in the famous pre-election attack on their home that kept them from playing a free concert to support the Jamaican prime minister. I wish I had heard them more clearly two days ago. What an incredible person to have join you on stage for a Bob Marley song!
This post originally appeared on Weblogs, Inc.’s Live8 Insider blog.