Reggae pioneer Bob Marley made a lot of positive change and spread a lot of love which lived on through his amazing 11 children! Although he passed away far too young at age 36 from cancer, his memory and talent still bring positivity and love to the world through his kin like Ziggy!
Bob Marley's Talented Children
Bob had many children who went on to inherit his musical talent like the well known Stephen Marley who created the song "Hey Baby Ft. Mos Def", Ky-Mani Marley who collaborates with big names like Shaggy, Akon and The Dirty Heads, and Damien "Jr. Gong" Marley who's smash hit album Welcome To Jamrock made certified gold!
David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley is Bob's oldest son who was born on October 17th, 1968, in Kingston, Jamaica. He and his brothers and sisters formed the Melody Makers with Ziggy as the lead member, eventually becoming Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. With his siblings, he won many Grammy's, and when he released his second solo album Love Is My Religion he won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
Ziggy Marley's Kids and Family
Ziggy has always been incredibly family-driven, becoming inspired by his kids and dedicating much of his art to them. He has 7 children, Bambaata, Justice, Zuri, Judah Victoria, Gideon, Abraham Selassie, and Isaiah Sion. He has given them all the surname of Robert Nesta Marley in his dad's honor.
He won another Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children for his album Family Time. He's created countless family-oriented tunes and projects dedicated to his children. Adorably, Ziggy did voice-acting work for the 2004 DreamWorks film Shark Tale, where he played twin Rasta Jellyfish!
His children are also impressive musicians, like Bambata who is a songwriter and plays the guitar, piano, drums, and sings! Ziggy's talented daughter Justice is a major voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and earned a degree in Apparel Industry Management to pursue her fashion passions.
During quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic, Ziggy created a children's album featuring his kids! He wrote More Family Time as a follow-up to his previous children's album. He told Rolling Stone, "With everything that's going on, it just felt right, doing something for the children."
This family man is an inspiration who utilizes his incredible talents to spread the messages his father taught him for families all over.