Remembering the late reggae icon, Bob Marley, last year his children and family hosted his 75th birthday event in Los Angeles. The children paid their tribute and remembered the reggae king’s stories and proud memories with the crowd.
Bob Marley’s kids Cedella Marley, Julian Marley and Rohan Marley, and several of his grandchildren held a pre-Grammys brunch Friday alongside Universal Music and Mastercard in Los Angeles — about two weeks before the Jamaican singer’s Feb. 6 birthdate. Bob Marley died of cancer in 1981, at age 36. Below are the sweet words shared by them,
“Daddy was a fitness guru … and there were times when we would do these relay races and a lot of parents just want their children to win, win, win. No, we had to really win,” she said. “If we run, we have to really run. And he was not the one that was just going to let you win just because, and I think that’s an important lesson. Nothing is handed to you, you have to go out there (and work hard).”
“All of us carry it on,” Skip Marley said of the other grandchildren, “Even to some new streets and avenues (while) protecting the message and continuing to carry the light.”
“This is Lauryn’s boy,” Rohan Marley said, looking to Joshua Omaru Marley.
“He’s my son but they always say, ‘Oh! Lauryn Hill’s son and Bob Marley’s grandson,’” he said to laughs. “I’m like, ‘OK. No problem. I’ll take that!’”
“I’m just glad I have some kind of talent because it wasn’t singing,” he said as the audience erupted in laughter. “I’m in the back clapping. I can’t even sing. Not even a little bit.”