This is really sad. What about his old acquaintances that still live in Nine Mile, St. Ann? I've been to the compound and the temple where Bob's remains are located is peaceful and beautiful. It is an absolutely wonderful place. I can't help but feel cynical about this - I wonder what is in it for Rita? Does she want to move to Ethiopia? Does she have some sort of a convenient relationship w/ the Ethiopian government?
While I admire the intention and I imagine it would do some good for Ethiopia, I'm sure Bob considered it. As far as I know, Bob never even visited Ethiopia even when he was on the continent for concerts in Zimbabwe, etc. Bob was through and through Jamaican and that's where he should remain.
At Nine Mile, I was surprised to see that his body was even in a vault. It seemed to me that he should be buried in the earth where he can decompose and physically become one with this earth. Perhaps this has been planned for some time but it just doesn't seem right to me.
rita officially lives in ghana now. of course she has homes in ja and miami, and wherever else she wants a home, i guess. but i too think this is promotion related. let the man rest. true matt, when it comes down to it,it is his family's choice and decision, but i think it's bunk. and i'm allowed to think that, eh?
Bob Marley helped to define Jamaica and Jamaica defined Bob Marley, if you remove his body that relationship remains but you take his resting place out of context, which seems an awkward and very strange thing to do. One might argue that it's an African returning to his homeland, but surely as has been mentioned, if he wished this then perhaps he would have mentioned it in his last months.?