Rita Marley
Jamaican musician
Rita Marley
Alpharita Constantia Anderson, better known as Rita Marley, and sometimes called "Nana Rita", is the widow of reggae legend/musician Bob Marley, and a member of the trio the I Threes, Bob Marley's backup singers.
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News
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Filmmakers Jeremy Whittaker and Roy Anderson Bring Jamaican Culture and History to a New Generation
Huffington Post - over 1 year
As more and more Black young people of Jamaican heritage are raised in the USA, Canada, and the UK, it is important for them to have an understanding of their history and culture in order to develop a strong sense of identity. Without a solid grounding, there is a risk that youth will be influenced by the negative stereotypes that are prevalent in mainstream media. Feature films and documentaries are 2 of the most powerful vehicles for learning about the histories and cultures of people of African descent. They also promote cross-cultural understanding and provide a way for people around the world to learn about each other. The opportunity to discover new music, new artists and even musical genres with which they are not familiar make the whole process enjoyable. Jamaican reggae music is increasingly popular with audiences of all races. Thanks to two films, one with a modern storyline and one historical, produced by Jamaican producers who lived in Canada for many years, audiences ...
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Marlon Regis: C'mon, Michelle Obama, Time to Rock a 'Fro!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Admit it, we're just in awe of Michelle Obama aka FLOTUS. Whenever she speaks in public or surprises us presenting an Oscar Award, or makes an appearance on daytime's The View or Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, or is teaching other show hosts how to Dougie, we're so biased, not even considering a flaw or offering a flinch of criticism. After all, we save all that for her better half, President Barack. I bet if she appeared on DWTS or entered The Voice, no matter the horrid dance steps or croaking vocal mishaps, the voting public would ensure Michelle either a runner-up position, or bless her as queen victorious! Then there's her style -- blogged and reviewed by fashion outlets galore, never having too much negativity to say about her designer picks. From her casual wear of J. Crew to her ultimate in evening wear, Jason Wu, she's our flawless FLOTUS. And why not? She's not the one pushing through a new Affordable Health Care Act, or endorsing same-sex equality or tighter gun laws ...
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Che Kothari: In Conversation With Saul Williams
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In Conversation: An ongoing opportunity to get one on one with people Manifesto has reverence for. Opening a message from my good friend Dave Guenette (label manager at Pirates Blend, past manager of Zaki Ibrahim & Bedouin Soundclash, past tour manager of K'Naan etc.) is like opening a loot bag from a friend with good taste -- it's always a welcome and unexpected surprise. To give you a flavour, back in 2007, Dave hits me with Sol Guy (co-creator of 4REAL, Canadian music visionary, master connector and at the time K'Naan's manager) on copy saying: 'Hey che, can you go down to Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica and deliver some things to K'Naan. That little trip ended up having me witness the recording of K'Naan's Troubadour album -- with tracks like ABC's and the global hit, Waving Flag -- as well as photographing Bob's 60th birthday with Rita Marley and Danny Glover at his home turned museum -- 56 Hope Road. It also led to me meeting all of my people in Kingston, sparki ...
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Bob Marley Trademark Lawsuit: Singer's Family Settles Case With Half Brother, Richard Booker
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
After a year long legal battle involving Bob Marley’s half brother, Richard Booker, his widow, Rita Marley, and nine children, the legendary family has officially settled a trademark lawsuit, TMZ reports. According to the suit filed on December 1, 2011, Booker and several affiliated companies were violating copyright and trademark laws using Marley’s intellectual property to promote an annual Miami music festival without authorization. Since then, Booker and his legal team filed a counter suit claiming the iconic musician granted him permission to use his likeliness, all of which has led both parties to come to an agreement out of court. Read More... More on Photo Galleries
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Prince Harry Inspired To Become Reggae DJ After Meeting Bob Marley's Widow
MTV News - almost 5 years
By Zachary Swickey Yes, you read that correctly. In a story more reminiscent of the ’91 comedy “King Ralph,” where American John Goodman becomes King of England, UK’s The Sun is claiming that Prince Harry is now interested in becoming a music DJ – specifically of the reggae variety following a particularly moving meeting with Bob Marley’s widow on a recent trip to Jamaica. The Sun reports that the young royal has been stockpiling a huge vinyl music collection of reggae records from “specialist online stores.” The publication also states that Harry has been receiving helpful tips and lessons on how to mix records properly from his DJ friends. “Harry has always been interested in music, but Jamaica was a real eye opener. He started looking into reggae as soon as he got back to the UK,” the of-course-unnamed source revealed. Marley’s widow, Rita (who was also a member of his vocal backing group, the I Threes), also uknowingly played a part. “Meeting Rita Marley was a great ...
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Let's Get Together And Feel Alright
Clash - almost 5 years
'Marley', the new documentary—premiered in Kingston last week and now released to the world—shows just how large one particular issue was in Bob Marley's music (and life), even till after his death: race. Marley's decision to aim for success in rock music instead of the U.S. black music scene caused producer Chris Blackwell (who prompted it) to be vilified by other members of the Wailers, even to the point of calling him "Whitewell." And the film sheds new light both on Marley's father— a white Jamaican who got the black daughters of plantation workers pregnant—and on the love affair between the result of one of those pregnancies and a future Miss World. Speaking at the premiere of the new film, the first ever with backing of the Marley family, Neville Garrick (longtime friend and artistic collaborator to Bob Marley and the Wailers, who designed their album covers and live staging) told me "the essence of Bob Marley" was that "through the colour of him skin he get p ...
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Director Kevin Macdonald Discusses ‘Marley’ Documentary
Wall Street Journal - almost 5 years
Kevin Macdonald Bob Marley After six years and three different directors, “Marley,” a documentary about the life of reggae legend Bob Marley, is finally going to be released on April 20th, a date that is known in certain circles as a holiday celebrating the consumption of marijuana. Based on the Facebook comments on the Marley page maintained by his family, many fans will be marking the occasion while watching the film in the comfort of their own homes. That’s because “Marley” is the latest to be given a “day and date” release, meaning that it will be available in theaters on the same day that it’s offered on demand. Eamonn Bowles, chief executive of distributor Magnolia Pictures, which is known for pioneering VOD distribution models, says he thinks that releasing the movie simultaneously in theaters and on demand will help capitalize on Marley’s enduring popularity on social media sites. Marley, known for popular songs like “Get Up, Stand Up,” and “No Woman, No Cry,” d ...
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Bob Marley's Family to Stir It Up on Witness Stand - Courthouse News Service
Google News - over 5 years
Rita Marley, nine of Bob's children and their company, Fifty-Six Hope Road Music, want a jury trial to decide whether UMG's copyright has expired on pre-1978 Bob Marley tracks. UMG has allegedly withheld proceeds for digital downloads,
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Reggae University in Spain - Jamaica Gleaner
Google News - over 5 years
I also engaged in conversation with Rita Marley about her autobiography, No Woman, No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley. In a remarkably shameless manoeuvre, the publishers of the book (co-authored with Hettie Jones) describe it in this way: "Full of new
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Ziggy Marley With Special Guest Trevor Hall Live At MontBleu Casino Resort ... - Jamaicans.com
Google News - over 5 years
Family Time features Family and Friends, Rita Marley, Cedella Marley, JudahMarley, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Toots Hibbert, Laurie Berkner, Elizabeth Mitchell and more. This album won a Grammy for "Best Musical Album for Children"
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Somalia famine: Bob Marley helps the hungry (VIDEO) - GlobalPost (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
His wonderful song "High Tide or Low Tide" has been donated by his widow, Rita Marley, to be used in Save the Children's campaign to raise funds to aid victims of the famine in the Horn of Africa
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Leroy Bell and his only friends are the stars of tonight's concert at Hiawatha - Westseattleherald.com
Google News - over 5 years
He has written songs in association with Casey James that were recorded by The Spinners, The O'Jays, The Temptations, Rita Marley and most notably Elton John. The band around Bell features Terry Morgan on bass who has played with Dee Daniels,
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Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain Join Fight to Feed Children in East Africa - Taste of Country
Google News - over 5 years
Bob Marley's 'High Tide or Low Tide' is the theme song for the cause, and his widow Rita Marley is a strong supporter of the cause. “Not one child should be denied food nor water,” she tells US Weekly magazine. “Not one child should suffer
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Prophecy breaks loose - Jamaica Gleaner
Google News - over 5 years
In 2002, he did three AIDS awareness concerts in South Africa along with Rita Marley, Chakademus and Pliers, Morgan Heritage and Canadian band Full Vibes. Plus, Prophecy said, he was doing shows. "Major shows are hard to step on
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Bob Marley's Family Donates $100000 to Charity:Water - Ecorazzi
Google News - over 5 years
Reggae icon, Rita Marley, said of the generous donation, “We are so deeply grateful to have the support of so many fans, friends, and partners to provide access to clean water for thousands of our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia
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Ziggy Marley Launches Worldwide Tour with Two Special So. Cal. Shows - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
... nyahbinghi drummer Ras Michael and the Sons & Daughters of Negus, and special guests the I-Threes, the female harmony group of Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt and (Ziggy's mother) Rita Marley, who came to prominence backing Bob Marley in the 1970s
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Bob Marley and the movies - Toronto.com
Google News - over 5 years
Rita Marley also offers her take on Marley's place in the history of rocksteady, the easy-going Jamaican musical style that spawned reggae. THE BBC PROMS: One of the UK's best-loved musical traditions, the BBC Proms (or the Proms for short) is a summer
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Reggae Legend, Peter Tosh's Legacy Grows Columbia Legacy releases double CDs ... - South Florida Caribbean News
Google News - over 5 years
Peter's distinctive staccato guitar licks penetrate throughout the album, with Judy Mowatt and Rita Marley singing background vocals. Sly's "one drop" rocks and Tosh's scratchy guitar, mix with his deep, fine voice. He chuckles when he says: "Some
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rita Marley
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 68
    In November 2015 Marley was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of the West Indies.
    More Details Hide Details Rita Marley planned to have the body of her late husband, Bob Marley, exhumed and buried in Ethiopia, his "spiritual resting place" in 2005. She wanted it to be a monthlong celebration of what would be his 60th birthday. The area in which she wanted to bury him was a Rastafari community that was given land by the country's last emperor, Haile Selassie. She claimed to have the backing of the Ethiopian government and said "We are working on bringing his remains to Ethiopia. It is part of Bob's own mission. Bob's whole life is about Africa, it is not about Jamaica. How can you give up a continent for an island? He has a right for his remains to be where he would love them to be. This was his mission. Ethiopia is his spiritual resting place. With the 60th anniversary this year, the impact is there and the time is right."
  • 2013
    Age 66
    On 3 August 2013, she was made an honorary citizen of Ghana by the Ghanaian government.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 49
    In 1996 Rita Marley was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government, and in 2010 received the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Award.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 39
    In 1986, Rita made the decision to convert Bob Marley's home into the Bob Marley Museum.
    More Details Hide Details She is also the Founder and Chairperson of the Robert Marley Foundation, Bob Marley Trust, and the Bob Marley Group of Companies. She has also adopted 35 children in Ethiopia and has assisted over 200 children in Konkonuru Methodist School in Ghana where she has been granted citizenship. In 2000, Rita Marley founded the Rita Marley Foundation. It is a non-governmental, not-for-profit, non-partisan organization that works to alleviate poverty and hunger in developing countries. It specifically targets elderly and youth. It has given out a number of scholarships to music students in Ghana's Berklee College of Music. It also hosts the annual Africa Unite concerts which looks to spread global awareness about issues that affect Africa and to develop lasting solutions. Rita appears in the song "Mary Jane Shoes" on Fergie's multi-platinum 2006 album The Dutchess. Rita performed background vocals to the song "Raikoum" by Khaled in his album Liberté. She also performed background vocals for the song Ouelli El Darek by Khaled in his album Sahra.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 29
    Bob Marley and the Wailers and the I Three, including Rita, moved to London in late 1976.
    More Details Hide Details By then Bob was living with Cindy Breakspeare, a Jamaican model who'd just been crowned Miss World 1976. They would soon have a son, Damian Marley. In spite of this, Rita stayed to sing with her husband. It was in England that they recorded classics such as Exodus, Kaya. Survival and Uprising were made in Jamaica after their triumphant return in April, 1978. After Marley's death, she recorded a few albums under her name with some success in the United Kingdom. A 1982 cover version of the Love Joys's song One Draw was a successful single in Europe.
    On December 3, 1976 two days before "Smile Jamaica", a large free concert organized by Bob Marley with the support of Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley, Rita, Bob, and manager Don Taylor were wounded in an assault by gunmen affiliated to Manley's opponents inside the Marley home.
    More Details Hide Details Rita survived a shot to the head and Taylor sustained serious injuries from being shot in the leg. Bob Marley had a bullet skid his chest and wound his arm. Bob nevertheless played this major show in Kingston, then went in exile.
  • 1974
    Age 27
    Together with the I Three, Bob Marley & the Wailers recorded the fine Natty Dread album in 1974 and many more, first rising to international superstardom in 1975 with No Woman No Cry.
    More Details Hide Details It was followed up by the 1976 smash hit album Rastaman Vibration.
  • 1968
    Age 21
    Bunny had returned to the Wailers at the end of 1968 and Rita did not record with Bob until 1974, when her husband formed the I Three (often wrongly spelt I Threes) harmony vocal group featuring Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt to replace Peter and Bunny, who had left the band in 1973.
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    Following the birth of Bob and Rita's first child David "Ziggy" Marley in 1968, Bob returned to Delaware in 1969 to work on the night shift in a Chrysler factory.
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    Musicians on this 1968 Wailers session feature Peter Tosh, Rita and Bob Marley.
    More Details Hide Details They include percussionist Denzil Laing, drummer Hugh Malcolm, bass player Jackie Jackson, guitarist Lynn Taitt, pianist Gladstone Anderson and organ player Winston Wright. Rita Marley sung harmony vocals on a dozen fine rocksteady and soul tracks, most of which were not issued at the time. New recordings of Bend Down Low and Mellow Mood were issued as a single in the U.S.A. under the name "Bob, Rita and Peter" in 1968 (it was also released in France, where it was distributed by Columbia/CBS). Some of those tunes were released by Danny Sims on obscure U.S. labels in the 1980s. Most found their way onto the Rock to the Rock JAD album issued in 1997, but those U.S. mixes included unwanted horns added in New York and mixed out Denzil Laing, Lynn Taitt and Winston Wright.
    In April 1968 Nash's manager (and mobster) Danny Sims signed Peter Tosh, Bob and Rita Marley to exclusive publishing, management and production contracts in exchange for a few dollars and an opportunity to record in Kingston for the small, New York-based JAD label owned by Johnny Nash, musician Arthur Jenkins and Danny Sims.
    More Details Hide Details JAD had released a few singles before, including one by New Orleans R&B legend Lloyd Price, as well as Johnny Nash and Byron Lee and the Dragonaires.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1966
    Age 19
    After those recordings for the Studio One label coached by Bob, Rita married Bob Marley around February, 1966, just before her husband moved to Wilmington, Delaware (USA) for a few months to make a living working at the Dupont Hotel there.
    More Details Hide Details Bob was replaced by Constantine "Vision" Walker, who recorded a few songs as a member of The Wailers during this period. Upon Bob's return at the end of the summer of 1966, Bunny Livingston, Peter Tosh and Bob created their independent label Wail 'n' Soul'm, which released several Bob Marley and the Wailers as well as Peter Tosh and the Wailers 45RPM single records including Bend Down Low, Hypocrites and Tosh's Dem Haffi Get a Beatin in 1966-1968. As Bunny was jailed in 1968 for marijuana possession, Rita joined the Wailers, replacing Bunny for a few months. It is at that time that The Wailers met U.S. singer Johnny Nash, who produced a series of Wailers rocksteady recordings.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Born on July 25, 1946.
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