Bob Marley was no ordinary man. By all standards that men should follow, Bob did not follow any of those standards. Was it his religion that created this belief that all men should be fruitful and multiply, a belief that is also held by a lot of women to “have out their lot“? Having out their “lot” means having as many children as physically possible.Maybe!
This tradition still holds true to this very day by many people, married and unmarried and particularly those from the older generation. Bob’s religion could be the foundation for his lifestyle as Rastafarians do not use contraception. It is a belief that all abortions and contraceptives suppress the African race, a race they believe was criminally slaughtered by white Europeans. It is their belief that their female partners, their ‘Queens” , should never use contraception and should obey the wishes of their Kings.
Bob offsprings should not come as a surprise to anyone, especially those that understand or read the Code of Rastafarian Ethics. It may even amaze a lot of readers that Bob had quite a few of these children married to Rita. One of the Rasta codes on the role of women says ‘women are here to bear children” and “women are subordinate to men” so you can understand why he had so many children. As Bob says in his own words….
“Children are wonderful. It don’t take plenty y’know. Just a nice girl who don’t take birth control. Sexual intercourse is a lovely thing”.
He certainly lived his philosophy. Here are Bobs’ brood of children that keep his name and his music alive and still relevant years after his death.
The Marley’s would have four children together during their marriage. For those of you keeping score… Bob had eight more children with eight different women not including Rita. Rita as well had another child as a result of an affair with another man during this time. Rumor has it that there are several other “unclaimed” or “forgotten” children of Bob Marley but to the best of our knowledge these are Bob Marley’s children and mothers.
Imani Carole Marley born May 22, 1963 (with Cheryl Murray) . Imani is Bob’s first-born child but for reasons unknown she is not acknowledged as such on the official website of Bob Marley.
Sharon Marley born November 23, 1964 (adopted by Bob) Sharon was born two years before Rita married Bob to an unnamed man but Bob adopted her as his own and she is officially recognized as one of his children.
Cedella Marley born August 23, 1967 is Bob and Rita’s oldest child together and she was also part of the group Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Cedella who was named after Bob’s mother is a clothing designer and CEO of Tuff Gong International.
David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley born October 17, 1968 with Rita is Bob’s oldest son and the front man of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.
Stephen Marley . April 20, 1972 is Bob and Rita last child together and the fourth member of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.
Robert Robbie Marley ( May 16, 1972 with Pat Williams) was born less than a month after Stephen and was Bob’s first of many children not fathered by Rita. Not much is known about his mother Pat “Lucille” Williams as Robbie lived with Bob and Rita. He is not a musician and has mostly stayed out of the spotlight as a motorcycle stunt rider.
Rohan Marley, born May 19, 1972 , mother Janet Hunt was born just three days after brother Robbie and a month before brother Stephen. Not too much is known about Rohan’s mother Janet Hunt other than the fact that Rohan was also eventually brought to live with Bob and Rita at the age of four years because Janet was not caring properly for him. Rohan attended the same school as Ziggy and Stephen, but he was a troublemaker to the point that he lived with Bob’s mother Cedella Booker in Miami. He played linebacker at “The U” (The University of Miami) and is also notorious for having five children with singer Lauren Hill.
Karen Marley, born 1973 with Janet Bowe , is the third biological daughter of Marley, she was born in England in 1973 to her mother Janet Bowen aka “Janet From England“. Karen grew up in Jamaica with the Marley’s and attended school with Stephanie.
Stephanie Marley born in 1974 was born out-of-wedlock after Rita had an affair with a man named Ital. Bob adopted Stephanie as and accepted her as his own and she is officially recognized as one of his children.
Julian Marley born June 4, 1975 was born in London and raised by his mother, Lucy Pounder although she did bring Julian to visit the Marley’s in Jamaica and Miami. He is a singer, songwriter, producer and self-taught musician with three albums to his credit, most recently 2009′s Grammy-nominated album Awake.
Ky-Mani Marley born February 26, 1976 was born in Jamaica to Bob’s then-girlfriend Anita Belnavis, a Caribbean table tennis champion, and raised in inner-city Miami. Ky-Mani was initially more interested in sports than in making music, but that all changed when he discovered a knack for rapping and singing and released his debut album, Like Father Like Son, in 1996.
Damian Marley born July 21, 1978 his mother was 1976 Miss World Cindy Breakspeare and one of Bob’s most known about girlfriends. Damian nicknamed “Jr. Gong” after his father is a dance hall reggae artist and Grammy Award winner. In 2010 he teamed up with Nas on the collaborative album Distant Relatives, which bridged the gap between dance hall and hip-hop.
Makeda Jahnesta Marley , May 30, 1981. was born to Yvette Crichton in 1981 in Miami mere weeks after Bob’s death. She is the singer’s youngest child, but she did not grow up with or around any of her half siblings. She attended high school and college in Pennsylvania and currently resides in the Philadelphia area.
There you have it, all 10 of his children and the 3 with Rita his wife. Quite a clan isn’t it? 5 of them in the music business, his wife Rita the patriarch of the family. One thing is certain and that is Bob left his mark musically and biologically and his kids are also following in his footsteps. This only means the name Marley will be around for a long time, a very long time.
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