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Monday, March 21, 2011

Honour For Arts Centre Where Bob Marley Shot "Is This Love" Video With a Seven Year Old Naomi Campbell

A community centre in Britain where Bob Marley shot his hit music video "Is This Love" will be honoured.

The video featured the signature image of Bob Marley happily strolling down a side walk while hugging two equally happy kids. The female child to Bob's left is super model Naomi Campbell at seven years old.

In an interview Naomi recalled her first time meeting the reggae icon, "I remember being really nervous, being brought to this room to meet Bob Marley and I was like 'I don't want to meet him, he's got worms in his hair'.

He was so handsome. He had this presence very much like a lion." 

She said: "Bob had a huge entourage but was so humble and was really into working with the children". 

The former Keskidee Centre was Britain's first black arts centre and will be awarded a green plaque by Islington Council in recognition of its cultural contribution. The centre, off Caledonian Road, was the set for the reggae legend's 1978 hit video and was shot as though he was at a children's birthday party

Marley himself chose the Keskidee Centre and spent a day playing party games, singing and dancing with the children, who came from stage schools across London.

Campbell says; "I think it's very important that a green plaque has been given to the site of the Keskidee because history was made there." The Keskidee Centre was founded by Guyanese-born Oscar Abrams in 1971, taking its names from a singing Caribbean bird.

It gave a generation of black teenagers their own space and Linton Kwesi Johnson, an educational officer at the centre, created dub poetry there. The green plaque will be unveiled by Tottenham MP David Lammy on 7 April.

Bob Marley "Is This Love" video

Naomi Campbell speaking of her first time meeting Bob Marley


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