Bob Marleys Tuff Gong Radio Channel Launch Press Release
December 3, 2020
SiriusXM Joins Forces With The Bob Marley Family To Launch “Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio” Channel Exclusively on SiriusXM On December 3rd
SiriusXM’s latest year-round artist-focused channel to showcase the music of Bob Marley and family along with a wide range of new and classic reggae music
Channel to feature special shows hosted by Marley family members as well as exciting performances by reggae artists captured at Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica
NEW YORK – December 1, 2020 – SiriusXM and the family of Bob Marley announced today an exclusive year-round channel dedicated to the legacy of Bob Marley.
Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio will launch on December 3rd on SiriusXM channel 19 and will feature the cultural icon’s entire music catalog, both live and recorded, including rare recordings, some of which have never been made available to the public.
The channel, to be curated by the Marley family, will include a wide range of Caribbean music from its inception to present day. Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio will also highlight the branches of his still-growing musical legacy including The Wailers, I-Threes, Tuff Gong International, the record label founded by Marley in the 70’s, and his children and grandchildren as they continue to make their own impact on reggae and popular music.
Additionally, the new channel will present specialty programs and take-overs led by family members from three generations. Bob’s daughter, award-winning entertainer, fashion designer and author Cedella Marley, will host her own monthly radio series, “Nice Time”, inviting listeners into her world for an ‘upful bit’ of conversation, music and niceness. Friends and family members also reflect on the 40th anniversary of the release of Bob Marley’s classic ballad “Redemption Song” and its continued impact on the world. Grandson, Skip Marley, a recent Grammy nominee for both his debut album and his hit collaboration “Slow Down” with H.E.R., will share some of his favorite moments behind the making of his music.
The channel will also originate shows from Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica, including “Jam-In,” a monthly live music session featuring Jamaica’s hottest sound systems and selectors. The December edition is headlined by the legendary Stone Love Movement and features popular Jamaican comedy duo, Ity & Fancy Cat.
“This year marked Bob’s 75th earthstrong and the 40th anniversary of the release of Redemption Song. Partnering with SiriusXM for a channel devoted to not only his life’s work, but also second and third generations of artists he has inspired (including our own children and grandchildren), reflects the continuing reach of Bob Marley’s music and message beyond the boundaries of time and genre,” said Rita Marley, Co-Founder of Tuff Gong International and wife of Bob Marley.
“Bob Marley and his music transcends time, reaching fans and listeners of every generation across the globe,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM. “We are so proud to work with the Marley family to bring this full-time channel to life with his music, his message of social justice and his legacy, represented by members of his family and those that knew him best.”
Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio will launch on Thursday, December 3 at 12:00 pm ET on SiriusXM radios (channel 19) and on the SiriusXM app. For more information on Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio visit: www.siriusxm.com/bobmarleytuffgongradio
Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio is the latest addition to SiriusXM’s stable of music channels created with iconic artists including The Beatles, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Eminem, LL COOL J, Phish, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Kirk Franklin, Diplo, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and more.
Subscribers are able to listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app, and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, devices with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to www.siriusxm.com/ways-to-listen to learn more.
SiriusXM’s The Joint channel will continue to be available on the SiriusXM app and on siriusxm.com.
About Tuff Gong International
Founded by cultural icon Bob Marley, Tuff Gong International is the legendary home of reggae music. The Jamaican born singer/songwriter’s life and music made a global impact that continues to influence pop culture to this day. Tuff Gong’s Kingston headquarters is a reflection of its founder’s vision to use music as an instrument of inspiration and empowerment. The landmark compound includes a recording studio, music production, and distribution offices as well as the lone vinyl record pressing plant in the region.
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is the leading audio entertainment company in the U.S., and the premier programmer and platform for subscription and digital advertising-supported audio products. Pandora, a subsidiary of SiriusXM, is the largest ad-supported audio entertainment streaming service in the U.S. SiriusXM and Pandora’s properties reach more than 150 million listeners, the largest addressable audience in the U.S., across all categories of digital audio – music, sports, talk, and podcasts. SiriusXM’s acquisitions of Stitcher and Simplecast, alongside industry-leading ad tech company AdsWizz, make it a leader in podcast hosting, production, distribution, analytics and monetization. SiriusXM, through Sirius XM Canada Holdings, Inc., also offers satellite radio and audio entertainment in Canada. In addition to its audio entertainment businesses, SiriusXM offers connected vehicle services to automakers. For more about SiriusXM, please go to: www.siriusxm.com.
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