In Focus: Bob Marley And His Many Children [Photo]

“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.” The words of the legend Bob Marley.

Bob Marley married Alpharita Constantia Anderson, better known as Rita Marley on February 10, 1966. The couple produced three children together, while Bob adapted Rita’s other three children from other relationships. Rita have six children in total, while Bob Marley have thirteen.

Rita Marley and children at Bob Marley Funeral 1981.

The Marley family portrait from the 1970s.

Sharon Marley, born November 23, 1964. She is the biological daughter of Rita Marley, and was adopted by Bob Marley when the two married.

Cedella Marley, born August 23, 1967, is Bob and Rita’s oldest child together and also Bob Marley’s oldest biological child. She was part of the group Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers and is currently the CEO of Tuff Gong International.

David “Ziggy” Marley, born October 17, 1968, is Bob’s oldest son and the front man of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Ziggy is also a five time Grammy award winner.

Stephen Marley, born April 20, 1972, is Bob and Rita’s last child together and also a member of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.

Robbie Marley, born May 16, 1972, was Bob’s first of many children not mothered by Rita.

Rohan Marley, born May 19, 1972 to Janet Hunt. Rohan is rumored to be married to Hip Hop icon Lauryn Hill, who he have five children with.

Karen Marley, born 1973 in England to Janet Bowen.

Stephanie Marley, born in 1974. She is Rita’s child that is fathered by a man name Ital. However, Bob adapted her as his own.

Julian Marley, born June 4, 1975 in England to Lucy Pounder. He is a singer, songwriter and producer with three albums under his belt.

Ky-Mani Marley, February 26, 1976 to Anita Belnavis, a Caribbean table tennis champion. He is an actor/musician, well known for his role in the film Shottas.

Damian Marley, born July 21, 1978 to the 1976 Miss Jamaica and Miss World Cindy Breakspeare. Damian, who is one of the most successful dancehall artistes of all time, is nicknamed “Jr. Gong” after his father. He has three Grammys under his belt.

Makeda Jahnesta Marley, born May 30, 1981 in Miami, to Yvette Crichton. She is Bob’s youngest child.

Photos of the Marley brothers.

Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley died on May 11, 1981, of cancer. He is widely credited as the pioneer for Reggae music.

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  • stacee

    God Bless Queen Rita for holding it down.Ms.Breakspeare needs to be horse whipped.You were sleeping with this womans HUSBAND!?!?!?Yet he never divorced her and married you.Damn fool.You say it was true love??Is that why he had a child after Damian???Karmas a beyotch,huh??Read Rita Marleys bio people.It’s deep.It tells you how she really felt about his”side chicks”.Yet she stayed with him and accepted his bastard kids.You better than me Queen,but I digress.Bob Marley was an ass that should have kept it in his pants but he gets a pass because of who he was.Rubbish.It takes two.Shameful.ONE LOVE

  • Samuel

    Our, hero, should be held up to a high. Because, our kids are going to look up to them. Do, you, really want t tell your kids that Bob Marley is a hero, but at the same time he has all these kids/baby mother. That, Biggie Small, 50 Cents & others are our heroes, when they were Drug dealer. Yes, they are successful, artist. But, their behaviour is not what you want our kids to emulate. And, I, am a black man.

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  • why

    Subject verb agreement

  • Sharaine Dorcinville

    I do not like cindy she knew he was married.. but he didnt leave his wife for her thank God..

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  • Last Prophet

    His is alive and is known by many names like Obama

  • Antar Robinson

    Once a rasta. always a rasta.

  • Antar Robinson

    Bob marley is one of the most blessed people to had live on this earth. I will always have respect for his music and what he accomplished. To his family sorry if I say it wrong wa guan bragrins. Shottas my movie biggs what’s happen man. Rasta for life!

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  • Wayne Maddams

    I will Never stop listening to bob marley, helps me get through boring days at work. I’m also a big fan of damian. :)

  • Darren Roussety

    Keep on powering on marley’s. We love you and pray the the strength of Jah flow through your music. Much respect, your distant relative

  • Rae Tootsie Pop Williams

    They really have some wonderful children, Ky-Mani is so HOT!

  • Rae Tootsie Pop Williams

    They really have some wonderful children, Ky-Mani is so HOT!

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  • James Maxwell

    Can you imagine if Bob Marley did lived a little longer how many more kids and baby mama he would have. R.I.P reggae king.

  • osonoiki adekunle

    Big holla uno chest . Fi muma rita me mentor junior gong BOOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!. Try fi link jr gong me no dis 08061118766

  • piece lover

    i wish bob marley did not die i want to see him there is so much dont know the rest of the month i am researching all about him he is my favorite reggae singer and the best

  • herla yolanda

    I LOVE YOU bob marley


  • agapi_eleni

    I too just watched the movie and loved it!! Learned a lot of things I did not know before about this amazing person and his family! Your music and inspiration lives on now and forever. May you continue to inspire and guide people each and everyday for the rest of eternity! RIP…much love!!

  • Kazzie

    Just saw movie today. Loved it!!!! A lot information I just learned about. Much love to the Marley family. Love your music Bob Marley. May you rest in eternal peace. One Love!!!!!!!

  • newmanfruitfull

    bob marley is my mento because i and i dont see any one who sings like bobmarley realy his fit to be da king of reggae i love yow song indeed his great only why i hate him is because his a rasta man not a christian dacinal i have to say kpom jah bless respect

    • Astaris

      Rasta is a form of Caribbean-African Judeo-Christianity, just as Christian as Emperor Haile Selassie I, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Ras Tafari, the Lion of Judah, keeper of the Holy Ark of the Jewish Temple of Jerusalem. Have respect!

  • Hannah Vermillion

    Ziggy looks the most like bob

  • Melissa

    This article is very interesting it provides plenty information about our one an only legend Bob Marley who will be forever love an remembered for his music an his memories. Its great to know that his children has followed in his footsteps an also become legends but still bob is the greatest and his music will always be cherished.

  • Marie

    Good article and interesting web site, but please watch your typographical errors with the use of has and have. As a reminder, has is singular, have is plural. He has, they have, etc. These mistakes take away from otherwise good articles and web site.

    • Celeste

      Right on Sister! I live in an urban area and also teach at my neighborhood high school. My husband and co-workers call me the neighborhood “Grammer Consultant”. We have a very diverse population, primarily Hispanic families, sprinkled with Eastern African, Vietnamese and Iraqi refugees, whom are (naturally) English language Learners. I always stop at our local businesses and kindly assist them with business sign mispellings, grammerical errors, etc…Our neighborhood is also quite the place for young white “Hipsters”, “OG Hippies” , aging “Punk Rockers” and is approx. 30% GLBT who own homes here. My favority “consult” was a hand painted sign of this white guy’s tattoo parlor and body “peircing” shop.
      I waited about three months before I was compelled to inform this guy that his business could be much more successful if he spelled the term “Body Peircings” correctly…..He changed the sign that same day.
      So thank you Marie,for your brave efforts to remind writers to write correctly.

      • MrsJaky Tarleton

        Whom means one among many. In the case of “… Hispanic families, sprinkled with Eastern African, Vietnamese and Iraqi
        refugees, whom are (naturally) English language Learner” the correct word is “who” and not “whom.”

        It is disrespectful to point out mistakes in public.

        “The road of life is rocky and you may stumble too. So while you point your fingers someone else is judging you.”

        Bob Marley

        A website written in Standard American English will look more professional to people who speak Standard American English. Email me privately and I will give you some ideas. This is a great website. The photos are wonderful. Thank you for your time.

      • paige

        Dude, spelling don’t matter just live life man

  • Troy Johnson

    This is a really interesting article. The photos are terrific. I used one of your photos on a page with an interview we did with Ziggy that I published here: If this is a problem please let me know — peace.

  • Isaac Sylvain

    love the musik of vibration rasta!!!!!!!
    Rita, queen and mother of reggae !!!

  • Jah-c Gong Aslaksen Wamalwa

    wow! bob! xo grt

  • Tarirai Zishiri

    This man could breed.

  • Hugh Solo Haye

    Thanks for this, cause I had some information wrong!

  • Stephane Gomez

    bobo is the king & rita queeeeeeeen.

  • Wamufu Akende

    big ops to rita and tha is the answer., kip the flames of love burning…..jah bless.

  • Rodney Akende

    big ops to rita and tha is the answer., kip the flames of love burning…..jah bless.