Musician shares Bob Marley magic with Portland kids

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- A musician who makes his home in Lake Oswego has traveled the world over the last year, recording the voices of children singing Bob Marley songs.

"Every day I got to feel the energy of kids," said Aaron Nigel Smith. " I can't imagine doing anything else."

Smith mixed 10 tracks from what he calls the 1World Chorus celebrating the late Marley in what would have been his 70th year. "The songs are available by digital download and the money will go to support our music programs," he explained.

He takes his program teaching rhythm, harmony and the messages of Marley around the world, including three Portland area schools. On Wednesday, he worked with fourth graders at King Elementary School.

"Bob Marley tells me you don't have to be afraid of anything," remarked student William Smith after he and his classmates sang the "Don't Worry" lyrics of Three Little Birds.

Smith's project has the blessing of the Marley family, too.

"I worked with his son Ziggy on recordings when I lived in Los Angeles," he said. "The family went through old photos to pick the cover shot."


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