A statue of Reggae icon, Bob Marley done by renowned sculptor, Ricardo Ponzanelli was recently unveiled in Chetumal Mexico.
Jamaica’s Minister of Culture and Entertainment, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, traveled to Mexico under a cultural cooperation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the cities of Kingston and Chetumal. The MOU is designed to facilitate development in the cultural and creative sectors of both nations. According to Jamaicans.com, the signing was accompanied by a number of activities, including the unveiling of a statue of reggae legend Bob Marley in Chetumal.
In commenting on the MOU, Grange said it is significant because the Mexican city is the “gateway” by which reggae enters Mexico. The unveiling of the statue was a featured event at the 2nd Mexico Reggae Festival organized by the State of Quintana Roo, which is where Chetumal is located.
The State of Quintana Roo has been granted full responsibility for the installation and maintenance of the statue. It will remain there for free public viewing, with no plans of any commercial gain to the state.
The unveiling of the statue was one of the highlights of the Mexico Reggae Festival; an event organised by the State of Quintana Roo.