Title: House that Marley Built
Excerpt: ''It's an aggressive game and I was pretty good at it, or so I was told,'' he says of his days playing for the University of Miami, when he managed to stuff his dreadlocks under his helmet. ''I was a vicious player, so they would do things like sing so I would lose my concentration. One guy on the Alabama team said, 'I don't like Rohan Marley too much but I love his father's music.'''
Excerpt: The garrulous 39-year-old becomes emotional in our interview when talking about his father, and explains how he is determined to keep the legend alive.
Excerpt: For now, he lives ''all over - I live between Jamaica, Miami, New York, Europe, Africa and Brazil'' but holds home-grown ideals that are strong with the Marleys.
This, of course, extends to marijuana. Just don't call the veritable weed ''dope''.
''They are herbs, you know,'' he says. ''The bad rap they give to [the] 'erb - I don't know why they do, because they prescribe it to cancer patients, to AIDS patients and to bulimics. So why is it bad?
'''Erb is not the saviour of life, it is a part of life. It grows from the earth. But anything in excess is dangerous, of course.''
Excerpt: The series follows the Marley brothers while in South Africa, observing them as they experience life in Johannesburg and travel to remote areas. South Africa held Bob Marley spellbound but this film discovers it through his sons’ eyes, as they share an exploration, keeping close to the heart of the country, meeting its people and encountering its wildlife.
Excerpt: While on the trip Ziggy was motivated by the prospect of performing with African musicians and the series finale sees him planning and performing a concert in Soweto. The series features Ziggy teaching local musicians to play his own music as well as his father’s classic music and rehearsing for the spontaneous performance. While on the trip Ziggy said “We are trying to perform a concert, for free, in Soweto because I want to show my respect to Soweto and the struggle. We are trying to do it on our own, guerilla style. Reggae music is free music. Like my father said nobody has ownership on it. It’s like oxygen, like the wind, like the rain”.
Excerpt: This has been the story of all of Marley’s sons, but most of them chose to make music anyway. While they may not have surpassed the father’s musical accomplishments, the Marley brothers have ensured that the family name is still held in high regard through their professional and personal lives.
Excerpt: With the show premiering on Discovery, Ziggy took time out to speak to Tonight about it.
“All three of us are fans of motorcycles and riding a motorcycle… the experience is very mental. It’s very conscious. You have to be aware and we like that, you know. We did the trip on bikes just to be open to the elements and to the people,” he explained.
Excerpt: “It was my first time to South Africa and I was kind of, I wouldn’t say surprised, but I felt very good about what I saw because before we made the trip I remember there was some sceptical news about how you need to get a vest for knife attacks and things like that because South Africa is so dangerous. So I think this film will show Africa in a light that I think a lot of people who have never been here before don’t really know of, and I think that’s good for Africa,” he said.
Excerpt: “The trip showed different sides of us I think, because look, I like roughing it, but Rohan ended up driving in a Rolls-Royce at one point. I thought we were supposed to be on bikes, roughing it, but he would rather be in a Rolls-Royce. So I gave him some attitude about that, you know, but I mean, we have differences, but we get on together well,” he said, defining the typical sibling rivalries.
Title: Rohan Marley Interview
Excerpt: AntennaMag: What’s it like being the son of the Legendary Bob Marley?
RM: It’s wonderful, but it definitely comes with responsibility and a shared mission among our entire family to carry on our father’s legacy and the message of his music. I frequently ask myself, “What would Bob do?”
Excerpt: AntennaMag: What was the most important thing you learned growing up the son of Bob Marley?
Rohan Marley: The most important thing I learned from my father is that “none is greater…we are all in the same boat.”
Excerpt: AntennaMag: How are House of Marley headphones special?
Rohan Marley: Music is what my family is known for—my father’s message is known through his music. We decided to enter the electronic world through headphones and other personal audio products to keep the message going. Also, why we decide to do anything, it’s all about sustainability and being eco-conscious, realizing that there’s more to it. We not only believe in making our products in the right way; we believe in making our products right. Charity plays a great part in that too with a portion of sales supporting the work of 1Love.org. We can bring one story with all the messages.
Excerpt: ROHAN Marley has all the looks of his famous father, the dreadlocked Rasta and adopted patron saint of Jamaica, but not the voice, apparently. "Don't ask him to sing," says his PR man before introducing him. "He's not the musical member of the family."
Excerpt: Marley has clearly chosen that path; he isn't remotely coy about trading on his famous roots. He is in Australia to launch his family's lifestyle brand, The House of Marley, which sells products that are ethically sourced, and organically produced, where possible.
Excerpt: "The House of Marley started with the concept of working together for a better world," Marley says. ''We had to figure out a way to convey my father's message not just through music, but also through audio electronics. It was a learning process because how do you translate the world into actual physical material? ''One way we knew my father would truly admire would be to use natural materials."