The Marley Legacy lives on
Bob Marley’s musical legacy continues to have an impact on the world to this day. His songs inspired millions worldwide to unite under a common thread of humanity that runs intrinsically in all people. He was revered as a poet, a philosopher, an activist, an avid football player, and of course… a father.
According to his official website, Bob Marley fathered a total of eleven children prior to his death in 1981. Although not all of them share the same mother, they all carry on Marley’s impactful legacy in their own ventures in their respective fields of music, business, filmmaking, and activism.
Judging by their respective successes, being the brood of one of the biggest cultural icons of the 20th century obviously rubs off on some of Marley’s children. Let’s take a look at what the Tuff Gong family has been up to.
Sharon Marley Prendergast
After Bob Marley married Alpharita Constantia “Rita” Anderson in 1966, he adopted then 2-year-old Sharon into the Marley family. The eldest of eleven, Sharon took part in the family tradition of music and art, playing with her siblings in Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.
Now a mother of four, she has her fingers in various charitable organizations such as the Total Care Learning Centre, which provides support for early-childhood learning.
The eldest biological daughter of Bob and Rita, Cedella is now the CEO of her father’s recording label, Tuff Gong Int. She is also the spokesperson for Marley Natural, the official cannabis brand of her late father.
Cedella Marley now lives in Miami with husband David Minto and their three children. She is also the mother of Skip Marley, whose young musical career is taking off after being featured on Katy Perry’s 2017 single “Chained to the Rhythm.” Makes sense because Cedella was also involved in singing with Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
David “Ziggy” Marley
As the eldest son of the great Bob Marley, the pressure was on for Ziggy to live up to his family name. The weight never seemed to bother him; last year he released his 15th studio album.
In May of 2017, Ziggy received the George and Ira Girshwin Award for lifetime achievement at UCLA Spring Sing. Now 48-years-old and with almost as many kids as his father, he continues to perform and record with no sign of slowing down.