British actor Arinze Kene plays the role of the legendary reggae musician.

The songs of Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley will come to life on stage in London’s West End, where a new musical dedicated to his life – from the ghetto in Kingston to worldwide fame – will premiere this month.

Born in 1945 in the Jamaican town of Nine Miles, Marley became a global superstar thanks to such hits as “No Woman, No Cry,” “One Love,” and “I Shot the Sheriff.” He died of melanoma in 1981 at the age of 36.

“We strive to show the soul of this man and explain what was really behind his life decisions,” the director of the play Clint Dyer said at a press conference on Thursday. – His political beliefs were based on his life experience. We want to demonstrate the context in which this superstar was born from one of the third world countries.”

The role of Marley is played by British actor and playwright Arinze Kene, who has carefully studied the singer’s image from archival videos and photographs. Kene admits that he gladly accepted the opportunity to tell the story of one of his childhood heroes.

The opportunity to return to the stage after a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, when theaters across the country were closed, was also a great joy for him.

“There’s nothing like a live performance–” he says. “You may have Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, but there’s nothing better than seeing a live performance that will never happen again.”

Previews of the musical, written by screenwriter Lee Hall, are on at the Lyric Theater from October 1, and the official premiere is scheduled for October 20.