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Sharon Marley Says Rita Marley Should Become National Hero If Bob Is To Become One

Bob Marley, Usain Bolt, Jimmy Cliff, Miss Lou For National Hero Says Senator The daughter of Rita Marley and legendary reggae singer Bob Marley on Saturday was interviewed on the Onstage program by Winford Williams, and not surprisingly she was asked by the host to give her opinion on Bob Marley becoming a National Hero.

In response to the question posed to her by Winford Williams, Sharon Marley saw no reason for her father not to be made a national hero however in a twist, the former Melody maker singer says she thinks her mother should also be appointed a National hero, based on her contributions made towards Jamaica and the African diaspora.

She also mentioned that in Ethiopia the King and Queen were crowned at the same time, and as such she thinks that the two should be bestowed with the honour at the same time. Sharon Marley spoke to the fact that it was always a dream of Bob Marley for them to have a place in Africa, which she explained to Winford Williams that her mother ensured it happened, taking on their father’s vision as her mission in addition to raising her siblings and herself.

Alpharita Constania Anderson whose more commonly known as ‘Rita Marley’ was born on July 25, 1946, in Cuba to parents Cynthia Jarett and Leroy Anderson, Rita was later adopted by her Aunt Viola, and living in Trench Town Jamaica where she met the Reggae legend when they were just teenagers.

Rita Marley in her career has released several albums such as “Who Feels it Knows it”, “We Must Carry On” that she got a Grammy nomination for and “Harambe” however her best work was the 1982 single “One Draw” which sold over 2 million copies globally which also helped make the song become the first Reggae single to reach number one on the Billboard charts.

The honourable Order Of Distinction was bestowed upon her in the year 1996 and 2011 she was given a Marcus Garvey lifetime Award and not only has she gotten her recognition in Jamaica but also in Africa as well, in 2004 she won the personality of the year award in Ghana.

In the Onstage interview, the official business that Sharon Marley was on was the promotion of her first solo recording music video for a track entitled “Just one more morning” which is a cover rendition of her mother’s 1998 version. The track was done in celebration of her mother’s 75th birthday.

The track was produced by Soul Rebel who is also her nephew, from the label Tek Time Music, and the song makes it the first time in 20 years that Sharon has done any recording. She is well known for her contributions to the Melody Makers group that used to sing alongside her sister Cedella and brothers Ziggy and Stephen Marley.

Watch the full interview below.


This is coming just a week after Floyd Morris issued a notice in the Upper House of the Jamaican Parliament that he will be moving towards a motion to have the reggae legend among other iconic Jamaicans such as Jimmy Cliff, Louise Bennett Coverly, and Usain Bolt be honoured as National heroes by the next Independence day in 2022.

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Bob Marley, Usain Bolt, Jimmy Cliff, and Miss Lou could be Jamaica’s next national heroes.

Jamaica could be getting four more national heroes if all goes well with a motion planned by an Opposition government senator in the Houses of Parliament Jamaica. The recent appointment of Rihanna as a national hero in Barbados has given Jamaica impetus to efforts in doing the same for deserving Jamaicans who are unofficially recognized for their historic contributions to music, the arts, and language in the island.
The motion to be brought by Opposition senator Floyd Morris is seeking to have Bob Marley, Usain Bolt, Jimmy Cliff, and Miss Lou named national heroes for Jamaica’s 60thIndependence celebrations.
The announcement comes as Jamaicans observe Rihanna’s honor, with many criticizing the government of Jamaica for not acting similarly to the government of Barbados.

“Whereas the Honourable Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley”; the Honourable James Chambers, Jimmy Cliff; the Honourable Louise Bennett-Coverley, Miss Lou; and the Honourable Usain St Leo Bolt have all given most distinguished service to Jamaica in the areas of music, sports, and culture; and whereas these citizens have presented Jamaica in a fabulous light across the world and contributed to the dominance of the country in reggae music, sports and culture since the country gained political independence in 1962; and whereas their prodigious efforts through their career have contributed to the global recognition of Jamaica, be it resolved that this honourable senate calls upon the government to put in place the necessary mechanisms and procedures for these iconic Jamaicans to be declared national heroes and heroines, respectively, and be it resolved that these conferments be made in time for the 60th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence on August 6, 2022,” Morris said at a sitting of Senators on Friday.

The move to highlight Usain Bolt, Bob Marley, Miss Lou, and Jimmy Cliff have always been a call to action by Jamaicans in the past, but the calls have been heightened with news that billionaire superstar Robyn “Rihanna” Fenton was conferred the Order of National Hero by Barbados at the ceremony where the island neighbor declared itself a republic as it removed itself from under the British Monarchy last week.

Among the reasons behind Bob Marley being named a national hero is his massive contributions to reggae music which is a Jamaican invention, and his and Jamaica’s synonymous popularity associated with reggae music to the world, making him one of the greatest musicians in history. Marley was previously honored with the Order of Merit by the government of Jamaica. The singer, who became known for his stance against apartheid in South Africa, died from cancer in May 1981 at the young age of 36. His legacy continues to spread his name and music globally despite his death generations past.

Miss Lou, who also received the Order of Merit for her stellar contribution to Jamaican culture, is popularly known locally and globally as a folklorist and actress as she influences black consciousness in 1970s Jamaica. Her influence includes making Jamaican patois recognizable as a language and Jamaican theatre, specifically the pantomime culture. Her popular show Ring Ding in the 1980s instilled a sense of national pride and patriotism that continues to prevail today.

On the other hand, Jimmy Cliff, a two-time Grammy-winning artist for Best Reggae Album and a holder of the Order of Merit, is credited for his contributions to Jamaican music and culture. He is renowned for films The Harder They Come(1972), Marked for Death (1990), also starring Steven Seagal, and the comedy Club Paradise (1986), which stars Robin Williams. Cliff’s movies propel Jamaica on the global stage.

Usain Bolt, who holds the Order of Jamaica, is credited for his contributions to the world of athletics and holds the title of the world’s fastest man alive in the 100m world for 9.58 seconds. Bolt’s dominance as a three-time Olympics champion placed Jamaica on the face of the map when it comes to athletics and sportsmanship. He has also used his position as an athlete to bring opportunities to Jamaica and continues to actively give back through his Bolt Foundation using his links from international partnerships.

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