Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals – Jah Work: A Lewis Marnell Tribute


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Ben Harper is helping to raise money for the family of Australian pro skateboarder Lewis Marnell, whose untimely death in January at the age of 30 left his family in dire financial straits. A lifelong skateboarding enthusiast and friend to skaters around the world, Harper has reunited with the Innocent Criminals for the first time since 2007 to re-record the song “Jah Work” from his 1997 album, “The Will to Live.” The song is now available on iTunes, with all proceeds going to the Lewis Marnell family memorial fund.

“Lewis was a brilliant artist and athlete not to mention a truly beautiful soul. We loved him and his contributions to skating, and we thought a song would be a wonderful way to celebrate his life and help his family.” said Harper.

Marnell died Jan. 18 from complications of diabetes, a disease he lived with from the age of 10. He did not allow his condition to impede his meteoric skateboarding career. He skated with such passion and style that can’t be replicated, he made all his tricks look effortless and his love for life was infectious. In 2008 he made his mark when he went pro for Almost Skateboards and he was named Skater of the Year from Australian skateboarding magazine slam. Marnell got married in late 2012, and died only a few months later, leaving his family with a large debt. Global efforts to help the family financially ensued, with Harper’s being the latest.

All proceeds go the family of Lewis Marnell




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  1. Beautiful sounds…and I love Bens sleeves, they look very much like they have my native countries influence…Aotearoa (New Zealand)…Thank you for the honesty in each genre of your music…very talented man. Bless you.

  2. Marley was lucky, his insight was given a light…due to the internet, a lot of truly beautiful & loving music gets lost. Please post this insight & perspective. Love & honesty.

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