Bob Marley’s family have released a reimagined version of One Love to support UNICEF’s work for children affected by COVID-19
‘One Love was written as a call for global solidarity at a time when the world was very divided, much as it is now,’ said Cedella Marley, Bob Marley’s daughter.
‘And yet, only by uniting with one love and one heart can we defeat this virus, protect our children, and make the world a more just and equal place.
‘All over the world, children and families are suffering. Whether they are living in refugee camps, slums or favelas, or they lack access to healthcare or school, or are being treated unfairly because of their race, religion, ethnicity or gender, our dream with this song is to reimagine a world where all children are treated equally – just as my father intended.’
The new song and music video is a collaboration with artists from around the world, including: Stephen Marley, Cedella Marley, Skip Marley, Ghetto Youths Foundation, Kim Nain, Manifesto JA, Teeks, 249Too Dope, Amrit Kaur, Mermans Mosengo, Jason Tamba, Natty, Dawtas of Aya, Raja Kumari, Patoranking, Babsy and Damascus Voice.
‘Being on this record with so many incredible musicians from around the world is a true blessing,’ said Skip Marley, Bob Marley’s grandson.
Also appearing in the video is Kareena Kapoor Khan, the Indian actor and UNICEF advocate, and Lena Headey, the British actress.
UNICEF estimates that an additional 6,000 children could die every day from preventable causes over the next six months – almost all of them (over 90 per cent) in low or lower-middle income countries – as the pandemic continues to weaken health systems and disrupt services.
Children are also extremely vulnerable to the indirect impacts of COVID-19, such as school closures, food shortages, limited access to basic healthcare, and disruptions to medical supply chains.
In response, UNICEF has launched Reimagine – an urgent appeal to governments, the public, donors and the private sector to support UNICEF’s efforts to respond, recover and reimagine a world currently besieged by COVID-19.
‘One Love is one of the world’s most iconic solidarity anthems. But it is also a song about children, and their hopes and dreams for a better, more united and equal world,’ said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. ‘Today, in the midst of a global pandemic, responding to Bob Marley’s call to “hear the children crying one love” is more important and relevant than ever. Only together can we defeat COVID-19 and reimagine a more equal, less discriminatory world for children.’
The song was released by Tuff Gong International and Amplified Music Ltd, and is available on all streaming platforms.
All proceeds from the song and related activities will directly support Reimagine and help UNICEF respond to the immediate needs by providing soap, masks, gloves, hygiene kits, protective equipment and life-saving information for children and families; support near term recovery efforts, including by supporting education, protection and healthcare systems; and further UNICEF’s work to reimagine a fairer, more just world for children.
UNICEF is partnering with TikTok to launch the #OneLoveOneHeart challenge, encouraging TikTok users to post videos using the One Love chorus; revealing who or what they hold dear – i.e their One Love – nominating five friends or family members to do the same and donating to One Love for UNICEF.