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Cedella chants lessons from Bob Marley

BY SUZETTE BONAS Sunday Observer writer bonass@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, June 15, 2014    

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NOT everyone is blessed to have a celebrity father who is loved and respected by thousands across the globe.

One such exception is Cedella Marley, the firstborn daughter of Rita Marley and the late reggae legend, Bob Marley. In honour of Father's Day, the singer, fashion designer and entrepreneur shared with the Jamaica Observer the lessons that she has learnt from her beloved father.

Bob Marley's messages to his fans through his music were always inspirational. His advice to his daughter was no different.

"Believe in yourself and anything you put your mind to, you will accomplish." Marley said her father told her.

Bob Marley died of cancer in 1981, aged 36.

Cedella also took some indirect lessons from his life: staying positive, keeping things simple and learning as much as the world can provide. Of her fondest times with her father, Marley recalls running on the beach and enjoying family time.

The chief executive officer of record label Tuff Gong International said that her father has influenced both her personal and professional life.

"Personally, he has inspired me to inspire others," she said. "I am honoured to have the opportunity to further his message that has blessed so many people around the globe. Professionally, I have been blessed to work in creative fields. From singing, to music, to dance and more. Everything and anything is possible. You just need to put in the work and have the discipline. No matter what obstacles are put in front of you, remain true to yourself. You are limitless," she said.

This weekend, the full-time mother of three will take her eclectic designs to the runway at tCaribbean Fashion Week. Pieces from the line were even inspired by her father, who, she joked, should have taught her to be a better football player.

"The line starts with a football capsule," she said, "which was influenced by Daddy and his love for the game (football)."

Sharing her father's love for the sport, Marley is also focused on her role as ambassador of the Jamaican Women's football team, utilising her voice to raise awareness for their goal of competing in the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada.

"They do not have the resources to prepare them for the qualifying rounds," she said. "We are getting ready to launch a crowd-funding campaign with Indiegogo and more around the corner that will help the girls strike hard," she added.

But later on this year, Marley has some noteworthy projects up her fashionable sleeves.

"A celebration for our father's 70th might be in the works," she disclosed.

His last words to her were nothing short of timeless and legendary. "Everything will be alright."

Admiring his honesty and ability to give voice to many, Cedella Marley believes that the public should remember her great father, Bob Marley, for who he truly was.

"He was a man that truly believed in justice and the beauty of life ... a timeless master of lyrics and music," she said.

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