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An Evening of Bob Marley is coming to Theatre Royal Stratford East from Thu 19 – 20 Jul 2018 at 8:00pm. Check out the description below!

For two nights only, Mitchell Brunings and his iconic live band take the audience on a journey of pure roots, rock reggae!

Just in time for the heat of summer, the sensational Mitchell Brunings returns to London in a special visit to Theatre Royal Stratford East presented to you by Don’t Stop the Beat Productions who brought you the sell out production An Evening of Marvin Gaye earlier this year.

Mitchell is best known for his starring role in the Birmingham Reps production of Marley which toured the UK and took the lead role in the Marley Musical at Baltimore’s Centre Stage Theatre. His YouTube videos continue to put him in the limelight even bringing him in contact with the Marley family.

 

If that didn’t convince you to book your tickets ASAP, maybe learning more about Bob Marley and his influential career will!

Bob Marley was born on 6 February 1945 in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica. His career took off when he formed the band, The Wailers, with friends Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh. Together, they created amazing music with label, Island Records, but it wasn’t until after Livingston and Tosh started their solo careers that Marley released some of his best work with a new band. His albums were political, relevant and discussed social issues in Jamaica. His influential lyrics made him a cultural icon. Throughout his career, he was a world ambassador for reggae music and made a name for the genre. On 11 May 1981, at the age of 36, Bob Marley died of cancer in Miami, Florida. His body was transported back to his home in Jamaica for his funeral, which over 40,000 people attended. In his honour, The Bob Marley Foundation was created to aid organizations and people living in developing nations.

Here are some more facts about Bob Marley and his incredible career:

  • He received The United Nations Peace Medal of the Third World in 1978
  • He was posthumously inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994
  • The Grammy Museum designated 6 Feb as Bob Marely Day
  • The BBC announced his song “One Love” as Song of the Millennium
  • He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the Grammys in 2001
  • He has sold over 75 million albums through his career 

 

More about Mitchell Brunings!

Having been born in Surinam - a northern country of South America – and raised in The Netherlands, Mitchell Brunings had a plethora of musical influences from all over the world. Reggae, bossanova, samba, soul, rhythm and blues, calypso, country, salsa, merengue, Surinam’s own traditional music called Kaseko, and a host of other styles have lent their authority to Brunings’ raspy and soulful music style.

Both of Brunings’ grandfathers were singers and his father a musician. His mother, a fan of country music, would weave these influences into her favourites. With a musical family, Mitchell was exposed to these various melodic techniques from a young age daily. Mitchell admits that his main influences have always been reggae, soul and rhythm and blues. As a teenager, The Netherlands based musician spent time in clubs imbued with R&B notes and classic Motown. If he had to choose, reggae music would be his greatest love and driving force. Mitchell says, “The one drop, stepper rhythm, the heartbeat of reggae are hypnotizing to me. The consciousness of the lyrics in most reggae songs has always been of great inspiration to me.” As an artist, Brunings hopes to represent pure reggae with clear and soulful influences and feels that he provides a combination between American singer-song writer Marvin Gaye and reggae legend Bob Marley and more contemporaries like John Legend and bands like Morgan Heritage. “This allows you to see different sides of my personality,” Mitchell exclaims. He continued by saying, “I want my music to be lyrically conscious and pleasant to listen to, yet at the same time may it stimulate the brain and drift you off into thought to merge with the melody.”

In August of 2013, Mitchell had the opportunity to participate in The Voice of Holland - the original which other countries, including America, now base their own competitions known as The Voice. The Voice of Holland catapulted Brunings into the spotlight. Nearly winning the competition as the runner up, Mitchell’s YouTube videos continue to put him in the limelight, even bringing him in contact with the Marley family. In 2015 Mitchell played the lead role in the Marley Musical at Baltimore’s Centre Stage theatre. It sold out before the end of its run, was the highest-grossing and best-attended show in the company’s history.

Check out some of Brunings’ music!

 

An Evening of Bob Marley is playing at Theatre Royal Stratford East from Thu 19 – 20 Jul 2018, 8:00pm. BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE!

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