Bob Marley began making music as a teenager, and it was during these early years that he met his future wife, Rita. She became one of the singers in his band, and the two were married when she was 21 years old.
She was already the mother of a young child, and Bob and Rita Marley went on to have three children together. Although he remained married to her until his death at age 36, he had other children out of wedlock. With Rita, he adopted them and cared for them as his own. Here is a glimpse of Bob Marley’s children, all of whom are very close.
Born to Lucy Pounder in England, Julian Marley is a musician like his father and frequently works with his brothers on music and projects such as the family’s Kaya Fest.
Sharon is Rita’s firstborn and daughter Bob adopted after marrying Rita. She, too, is named Marley and now helps run the Bob Marley Museum.
He is Bob’s son with Anita Belnavis but did not grow up with the rest of the family. He works in music and film and lives in Miami, but often creates music with these brothers.
David “Ziggy” Marley has a voice similar to his father’s and had a successful career in music. He has played musically with most of his siblings as part of the Grammy-winning band, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, and other collaborations. He is the eldest son of Bob and Rita.
Damian “Junior Gong” Marley is Bob’s youngest son, born to former Miss World, Cindy Breakspeare. Damian is also a talented Grammy Award-winning artist whose music has a hip hop and dancehall feel to it. Outside of music, he has ventured into the cannabis / CBD industry.
Born to another man and in 1974, Bob Marley adopted her as his own daughter during their marriage, and she also goes by the name Marley.
Cedella Marley is the eldest of Bob and Rita’s children and a former interpreter. She now manages most of the family’s businesses and charities with the shared contribution of all her siblings. According to GQ, she manages Tuff Gong Enterprises, Marley Natural, and more.
One of the least known brothers in the Marley family, Robert Jr. grew up in the Marley home with Bob and Rita, but his mother’s name is Pat Williams. He is not a career musician, but he also works with his siblings on film and music projects.
The youngest son of Bob and Rita’s children and is also a singer-songwriter who vocally sounds like his father. He is always touring and often collaborates with his siblings to record and perform.
Makeda is the daughter of Bob Marley with Yvette Crichton and was born in 1981 after her father’s death. She had stated in the past that although she received trust funds when young, she does not receive money from the family estate.
Born in 1972,son of Bob Marley’s son with Janet Hunt, Rohan Marley was once the partner of hip-hop legend Lauryn Hill and the two share five children together. He is now married to Barbara Fialho, a Brazilian model. Rohan also co-founded Marley Coffee in 2009, a multi-million dollar enterprise that produces sustainably grown coffee.
Karen was born Bob and England’s Janet Bowen but grew up in Jamaica with her siblings. Karen runs her fashion line with pieces made from sustainably sourced materials.