- NAME: Rita Marley
- OCCUPATION: Children's Activist, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: July 25, 1946 (Age: 67)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
- Full Name: Alpharita Constantia Anderson
- Nickname: "Queen of Reggae"
- AKA: Rita Marley
- Nickname: "Nana Rita"
- AKA: Alpharita Anderson
- AKA: Alfarita Constantia Anderson
- AKA: Alfarita Anderson
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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Rita Marley, Bob Marley's widow, is best known for carrying on her late husband's musical legacy and for her own career as a solo artist.
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Performer and political activist Bob Marley's widow, Rita, recalls the violent attacks on their band in their native Jamaica.
Bandmates of The Wailers are interviewed and discuss how Marley's friendship with the band, and his beliefs regarding the Rasta Revolution.
Bob Marley saw his fame skyrocket during a time of political turbulence. In England, he was booked at the Lyceum Theater and Marley fans filled the theater to hear and feel Marley's message.
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Born in Cuba in 1946, Rita Marley is Bob Marley's widow, and is best known for carrying on her late husband's musical legacy and for her own career as a solo artist. She has six children, three from her marriage to Marley. After his death in 1981, Rita established a charitable organization, the Bob Marley Foundation, to fight poverty and hunger in developing countries.
Rita Marley was born Alpharita Constantia Anderson in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, on July 25, 1947. Called the "Queen of Reggae," Rita Marley has carried on the musical legacy of her late husband, Bob Marley, in addition to continuing to develop her own career as a solo artist. Abandoned by her mother when she was just 5 years old, Rita and her brother, Wesley, were raised by their father and an aunt in the neighborhood of Trench Town, one of Kingston, Jamaica's roughest slums. Their mother raised their other brother, Donovan.
When she was just 13, Rita was left in her aunt's care when her father moved to England to look for work (he reportedly told her that she would join him later, but that move never happened). After high school, Rita attended the Bethesda School of Practical Nursing, but an unexpected pregnancy derailed her education. She had her first child, a daughter named Sharon, in 1964.
Starting out by singing along to the radio, Rita Marley eventually began performing with her cousin, Constantine "Dream" Walker, and friend, Marlene "Precious" Gifford. The trio later sang for the Wailing Wailers, a local group made up of Bob Marley, Peter McIntosh (later Peter Tosh) and Bunny Livingston (later Bunny Wailer). The band liked what they heard and got the trio an audition with Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, who ran the Studio One record label. The trio became known as the Soulettes, and Dodd asked Bob Marley to serve as a mentor for the female group. The Soulettes had a hit with the song "I Love You, Baby," and sometimes sang back-up for the Wailers. Rita also had a few solo hits of her own, most notably "Pied Piper."
Over time, Rita and Bob Marley fell in love, and they married in 1966. They welcomed their first child together, daughter Cedella, in 1967. The following year, the couple had their first son, David, who is now best known as Ziggy Marley. Rita and Bob couple struggled both financially and professionally. They spent some time in the United States, working for singer Johnny Nash's JAD Records in the late 1960s and living with Bob's mother in Wilmington, Delaware, for a time.
In the early 1970s, Rita returned to her mother-in-law's home to live and work, hoping to improve her family's financial situation. Rita had son Ziggy with her at the time, with her daughters staying with her aunt, but she decided to go home to Jamaica after giving birth to son Stephen Marley in 1972.
Returning to Jamaica, Rita discovered that Bob had been involved with two different women while she was away, and that both of these women were pregnant; their children, Robert and Rohan Marley, were born not long after Stephen.
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From Babylon to Zion, they are the international artists who have revolutionized reggae, a musical genre that originated in Jamaica in the 1960s. At that time, the genre took on a more pop-based sound. Over the past several decades, however, reggae music has transformed to include various sub-genres such as rocksteady, roots reggae and steppa. Our list of Reggae Artists includes musicians of various styles and experiences, from Rastafarians to raggamuffins to sapps, to everyday mon; read about world-renowned musicians like Toots Hibbert, Peter Tosh, Judge Dread, Alton Ellis and Bob Marley.
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