Bob Marley will have his statue in Serbia

The little Serbian town of Banatski Sokolac, host of the "Rock Village" festival, will erect the first European statue in honour of Jamaican reggae singer Bob Marley. Another Serbian village inaugurated a 'Rocky' statue last year.


A statue of late Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley is to be erected in the tiny Serbian hamlet of Banatski Sokolac, organisers of a rock music festival there said Thursday.

"We are honoured to announce that the first monument in Europe of the reggae legend Bob Marley will be erected in Banatski Sokolac," said the Internet site of the "Rock Village" festival.

"Our village thus enters into history and supporters and all those who respect this 'liberty fighter armed with a guitar' can take part in the unveiling ceremony" on August 23, it added.

Last year, two other Serbian villages put up statues of Johnny Weissmuller, the late actor famed for his role as "Tarzan", and Sylvester Stallone's famous film character "Rocky Balboa".

The rock festival, first held in the northeastern village in 2005, will be opened by Del Arno Band, one of the most influential reggae groups in the Balkans, and Jamaican act Ras Abraham & the Irie Vibes.

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