JUNE 28, 1978. The old bullring of Ibiza was rammed to the rafters with people coming to dance to the reggae beats of Bob Marley & The Wailers. Today, 34 years later, there are still many Ibicencos who remember the sight of Marley’s dreadlocks shaking around on stage and dancing to the sound of a music that welcomed them to party. Three decades on the bullring has been demolished and, in its place, a parking lot and small square have recently been built. Now the neighbours of the Es Pratet area want to name the square after Bob Marley, in honour of the legendary concert. For them, it was the most relevant event that took place there in all those years.
“I was there and I remember being amazed by the amount of people that gathered there, the vibe, the music that I didn’t know,” says Carmen Cárcel, president of the Es Pratet Neighbour Association who was just 15 years old when Marley played in Ibiza.
“I will never forget that moment. We felt blessed to be there.”
Today, Cárcel is one of the promoters of the initiative to name the square after the singer.
“We had to fight hard to get the old structures demolished – the place was in a real state of disrepair. We have finally gotten the authorities to clean it up, which has meant a great improve-ment for the area.”
In the last few years the area had become a dusty plot that operated as an improvised parking lot and was also occupied by the homeless.
“We have proposed to the town hall to name the square after Bob Marley, and they think it is a great idea. We are very excited. We still love reggae – it is always played at our street festivals.”
Bob Marley has also recently been one of the main protagonists of an itinerant exhibition in Formentera by Francesc Fàbregas, a photographer who has followed great rock stars over the years. Fàbregas is also responsible for the iconic photograph of the great Jamaican singer exiting Ibiza airport, an image that has been reproduced around the world.
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Bob Marley and the Wailers
Live at Plaza De Toros
June 28, 1978
1. “Positive Vibration”
2. “Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)”
3. “Concrete Jungle”
4. “Rebel Music (3 O’Clock Roadblock)”
5. “War” -> “No More Trouble”
6. “Running Away” -> “Crazy Baldhead”
8. “I Shot The Sheriff”
9. “No Woman, No Cry”
10. “Is This Love?”
12. “Get Up, Stand Up”
13. “Exodus” -> “Punky Reggae Party”
Extremely rare video footage of Bob Marley and the Wailers performing “Is This Love” and “No Woman, No Cry” in Ibiza, Spain.
More rare video footage from Ibiza, Spain 1978. Includes interview with Bob Marley.