Cedella Marley (born in Kingston, Jamaica on August 23, 1967) is a singer, dancer, fashion designer, actress, and entrepreneur. She is the first-born daughter of reggae singers Bob Marley and Rita Marley.
Formed at the request of their father, Bob Marley, it was only after his death that the Melody Makers came into their own. Their vision, however, was similar to their father’s desire to bring people together through music and the Melody Makers’ pop-reggae sound has certainly done that. The band comprises four of Bob Marley’s ten children, vocalist/guitarist Ziggy, vocalist/guitarist/drummer Stephen, vocalist Cedella, and vocalist Sharon. Her young brother Ziggy was the group’s leader, with Stephen often sharing in the songwriting and lead vocals.
The group released over ten albums which includes their Grammy winning albums “Conscious Party”, “One Bright Day”, and “Fallen Is Babylon. They have scored a number one hit “Tumblin’ Down” along with other successful singles “Tomorrow People”, “Everyone Wants to Be”, “Look Who’s Dancin'”, and “Power to Move Ya”.
In the late 80s and early 90s, Cedella Marley appeared in a few movies, including The Mighty Quinn (1989) starring Denzel Washington, and was the female lead in Joey Breaker (1993) opposite Richard Edson.
2002-present: Disbandment of the Melody Makers and recent work
In 2002, the group officially disbanded. Cedella is now the CEO of her father’s recording label, Tuff Gong International. She also helps run her family’s charitable organization, 1Love. In June 2010, Cedella released a song called, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, which was featured on the compilation album, “The Disney Reggae Club”.
Cedella has begun several clothing lines which are, “Catch a Fire”, “High Tide”, “Nice Time Deconstructed”, and “Nice Time Kids”.In February 2011, it was announced that she would design the uniform for the Jamaican track and field team at the 2012 Olympics, including world champion Usain Bolt, under an arrangement with Puma. She described her vision for the outfits as “Grace Jones meets my Dad – very music-inspired and a bit retro.”
In September 2011, she released her book “One Love”. Cedella is also featured in the documentary movie, “Marley”, which was released in April 2012. She also designed the Jamaican Olympic collection for Puma.Cedella Marley is also currently recording an album to be released in 2012 or 2013.