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Fans Around The World Made A Moving Video For Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up"

Three decades after his death, Marley's message is alive in the 21st century.

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Thirty-three years after his death in 1981, Bob Marley is at the top of the charts.

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His 1984 greatest hits collection Legend sits at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart this week, thanks in part to a Google Play promotion which discounted the album to 99 cents last week. (The promotion was initiated by Google Play, which regularly promotes releases by offering them at a discount, or even for free.)

Marley has had a top 10 album before, during his life, when Rastaman Vibration hit No. 8 in 1976. But it’s perhaps more impressive that, without any promotions, Legend regularly sells between 3,000 and 5,000 copies per week.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Legend, Marley’s family invited fans to recreate the lyrics of 1973's "Get Up Stand Up" using the hashtag #getupstandup. This is the resulting video:

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The Marley family and Waterproof Pictures scrapped the hashtag and created the lyric video, which has a protest theme.

“We're always looking for opportunities to allow the fans to be able to engage with my father’s music in new ways, and let them help define what his legacy will be in the 21st century," Ziggy Marley told BuzzFeed News.

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He continued: "With it being the 30th anniversary of Legend and with the growing popularity of Instagram, we thought this would be a fitting tribute, and overall we were really pleased with the support from his fans once we launched the campaign. On behalf of myself and my mother and my brothers and sisters, thank you very much to everyone who sent in their photos and helped make this video possible. One Love."

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