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Where are you?
I'm in Miami shooting the video for my single.

Bob Marley's Birthday Party, Jazz Café, London

Bob Marley's 64th birthday has drawn a decent selection of mostly Jamaican roots reggae artists, with one of his contemporaries, Little Roy, to headline. If nothing feels exciting or urgent, that's to be expected. The pain of Marley's early death from cancer in 1981, aged 36, is long gone, replaced by a sanctified, seemingly universal acceptance of his art. As with Lennon, this smooths out the rough edges of a man who could occasionally be violent, and whose songs of spiritual insurrection were fierily uncompromising. Roots reggae itself, meanwhile, though the most abidingly beautiful Jamaican music, has been superseded by more aggressive and explicit forms. So tonight is a soft-focus, conservative tribute to Bob, to a crowd happy to dance to his tunes. It feels like it could be happening in any pub back room; tribute enough, maybe, to its subject's impact on Britain's folk culture.

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After the silence: Maverick film-maker Jonathan Demme finally returns to the Hollywood fold

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Vincent Ford: Songwriter credited with composing 'No Woman, No Cry'

Vincent Ford is listed as the composer of the most recorded and acclaimed song in reggae music, "No Woman, No Cry", although the provenance of the song remains keenly debated. The song, made famous by Bob Marley & the Wailers in 1974, though since covered by scores of acts, including Joan Baez, Jimmy Cliff and the Fugees, is a depiction of what life was like "in the government yard in Trenchtown" where Marley spent his teenage years.

Rob Partridge: Head of Press at Island Records who made a legend of Bob Marley

When Bob Marley performed at the One Love Peace Concert in Kingston, Jamaica, in April 1978, forcing together the hands of the island's leading politicians, popular music finally seemed to bridge social and economic quandaries. The image of Marley flanked by the Prime Minister Michael Manley and the opposition leader Edward Seaga flashed around the world, transmogrifying the Jamaican singer into an iconic figure more akin to Che Guevara than a musician.

How do I look? Afrika Bambaataa, Musician, age 51

I'm as old as the moon and the stars, and as young as the trees and the lakes. My style comes from looking at what came before me, and from visiting a lot of places. I'm fanatical about movies: African, European, Viking, Roman. I got into witchcraft and magic from watching Bewitched and The Wizard of Oz, which shows in some of my outfits. I dress to reflect the whole spectrum of the universe.

Cedella Marley Booker: Keeper of the Marley flame

Twenty-seven years after his death, Bob Marley remains an iconic figure in popular music, his songs blaring out of radios and his smile beaming from millions of T-shirts and posters the world over. Various members of his extended family have carried on the musical legacy of reggae's number one star. These include his widow Rita (once a member of the I-Threes, backing vocalists to the Wailers), his son Ziggy and Ziggy's own group the Melody Makers (which features three more of Bob Marley's children) and the Grammy-winning reggae star Damian Marley, his son from a liaison with Cindy Breakspeare (Miss World 1976).

Andy Palacio: Champion of Garifuna culture

Andy Vivien Palacio, musician and cultural promoter: born Barranco, Belize 2 December 1960; married Doreen Castillo (one son, four daughters; marriage dissolved); died Belize City 19 January 2008.

Market Report: Credit Suisse puts Qinetiq back on the radar

Few public offerings in recent years have attracted quite as much hysterically negative publicity as that of Qinetiq, the defence technology agency that came to the market in early February. Since then, however, the shares have remained firmly underneath radar screens and out of the finance pages, falling 23 per cent from the high of 219.5p they hit soon after listing to open at 168.5p.

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