Cedella Marley, daughter of Bob and Rita Marley, has been designing clothing for the better part of the past decade. Adding philanthropy into the mix, the Cedella Marley clothing line is presenting a holiday fundraising campaign to raise money for a good cause.
Dubbed Cho! 4 Charity, this campaign is aiming to help the maternity ward at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica. Partnering with 1Love, the Cedella Marley clothing line will be donating all proceeds from the sale of the newly designed Cho! t-shirts to the hospital. The money made from this t-shirt drive will be specifically used to purchase baby cots to provide mothers and newborns with a comfortable environment.
The need for our support in Jamaica is more important now than ever before, as the country is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. “On one of my recent visits to Kingston, I was overcome with emotion seeing the need for essential materials in the ward,” Cedella Marley says. “I immediately knew I needed to do something.”
Join the House of Marley, Cedella Marley and 1Love by purchasing a Cho! t-shirt and helping to send your support down to the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston. Please visit the Cedella Marley store and help bring some much-needed comfort to the more than 70,000 women and 9,000 newborns that travel through this hospital every year.
Though Robert Nesta Marley left the physical world in 1981, the spirit of Jamaica’s favorite son (and the House of Marley’s namesake) has continued to live on in the 21st century. With his records and lyrics standing as time honored icons of his legacy, people all over the world are continuously offering their own Bob Marley tributes anyway they can.
The House of Marley has compiled this list of some of our favorite Bob Marley tributes, from the now-historic monument that is Bob Marley’s house in Kingston to an entire week of honors from late night host Jimmy Fallon, there are many different ways music fans around the world have chosen to honor the legendary singer.
One Love – The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute
Held in December of 1999, this live concert experience brought together the Marley family with reggae musicians and modern American musicians to pay homage to the family’s father figure. This Bob Marley tribute sees electrifying performances of the family’s most famous songs from Jimmy Cliff, Tracey Chapman, Erykah Badu, Ziggy Marley, Cedella Marley and many more.
Bob Marley Museum
The famous address of 56 Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica was originally home to Marley and his record label, Tuff Gong’s before it became a museum. The hallowed halls now act as a Bob Marley tribute and reminder of Kingston’s biggest export and most legendary citizen.
Bob Marley – A Tribute To Freedom
If you can’t make it all the way to Jamaica to check out the 56 Hope Road Bob Marley tribute, Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida offers its own unique Marley experience. Created with help from the Marley family, “Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom” features a full-scale replica of the Marley home in Jamaica and offers a live music experience unlike any other. Additionally, the unique celebration offers authentic Jamaican food fare like oxtail stew, chicken breast with curry and yucca fries.
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’s Bob Marley Week
In May 2011, late night host Jimmy Fallon, known for his love of music, brought a special Bob Marley tribute to life with a week of guests and performers talking about the reggae legend. This clip from the first day of Bob Marley Week features Ziggy Marley performing an inspiring cover of his father’s classic song “Get Up Stand Up.”
Since there’s only a week left in the Nice Time Contest, the House of Marley wanted to take a moment to get better acquainted with the talented woman affectionately known as Nice Time: Cedella Marley.
As Bob Marley’s second child, Cedella was given the nickname “Nice Time” by her legendary father, who subsequently wrote a song about her with the same title. Today, Cedella is CEO of Tuff Gong International, a renowned fashion designer (you may have seen her wares on the Jamaican Olympic team this summer), children’s author, musician, and proud member of the Marley family.
Check out our interview with Cedella Marley and get to know Nice Time for yourself.
What does Marley mean in 2012?
This was a very special year with the debut of the documentary. We are all very proud to be able to share our dad with the world. As a family, we have some great projects on the horizon, so the remainder of the year will be a good one.
The Marley legacy is so far-reaching. Where are some of the most memorable places you’ve experienced it?
I am constantly amazed at the reach and impact my father’s music has made around the globe. His music is timeless. It’s universal to all ages, all walks of life.
Do you have any favorite lyrics of your father’s?
They all hold a special place in my daily life. Right now I am feeling the lyrics of “Positive Vibration” as I always like to stay focused on moving forward and staying positive.
How old were you when your father started calling you “Nice Time”? Which came first, the nickname or the song?
He had been calling me Nice Team since birth. I’m pretty sure the name came first, then the song.
When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer?
I have always loved fashion. Both my mother and father have made a huge impact on my work as a designer. To me and to many other people in the world, their style is iconic.
Where did you draw inspiration from when designing for the Jamaican Olympic team?
For the Olympic collection, I drew inspiration from the colors and vibes of Jamaica, vintage military cuts and, of course, Grace Jones. I felt that the fits worked well with the physics of the athletes, and the colors clearly represented our country and our ability to heat up the track.
Regarding your series of children’s books, how did you decide you wanted to bring your father’s message to this generation of youth?
That’s the beauty of my father’s message: it works for all ages. I am a mother of three, and I see how a positive message can impact their lives and their interactions with others. His positivity has been felt around the world, by all ages for decades. This was his greatest gift.
Visit the House of Marley’s Facebook page for a chance to win Stir It Up on-ear headphones signed by Cedella Marley
Can you imagine getting your nickname from Bob Marley? Or having a song written for you by the reggae legend? For just about all of us, these are honors we’ve never known, but for Marley’s daughter Cedella, these are just a couple tributes paid to her by her iconic father. The nickname (and subsequent song), “Nice Time” was bestowed upon Cedella by her dad, and now she wants to hear your version of the song she holds so dear.
The Bob Marley charity, 1Love, and the House of Marley are always looking for new ways to advance the causes that Bob Marley would have found worthwhile in his lifetime. Recently, 1Love worked on collaborating with two lifestyle brands, Lyric Culture and Homemint, the results of both will offer new products to Marley fans and benefit charitable causes at the same time.
Lyric Culture is a clothing, jewelry and accessory brand that bases all of its designs on the lyrics and imagery of some of the most iconic songs in the history of music. With help from the Bob Marley charity, along with Ziggy and Cedella Marley, the creative heads at Lyric Culture have created a line of men’s t-shirts that will feature the immortal words of some of Marley’s greatest songs. “My family and I love that through this collaboration with Lyric Culture we will be celebrating fathers around the world through our dad’s words while giving children access to music education,” said Cedella Marley.
The benefits from the 1Love and Lyric Culture clothing collaboration will go to one of the biggest benefactors of the Bob Marley charity, Little Kids Rock. This non-profit organization helps to build music programs in school that don’t have enough money to replenish their students with new instruments, sheet music and instructors. The line of t-shirts will be for sale in Bloomingdale’s locations across North America and be available for purchase on Lyric Culture’s site until August.
Cedella Marley was also involved in another recent partnership benefiting the Bob Marley charity. Teaming up with Justin Timberlake’s homeware company HomeMint, Cedella selected a Jamaican-inspired print by photographer Daniel Fuller to be included in the collection’s latest line. HomeMint will be donating $50 from the sale of each print to the 1Love charity, who will distribute the funds to its well-selected group of beneficiaries.
While you can purchase the HomeMint print and feel good knowing that you are contributing to some wonderful causes, Cedella Marley is also offering you the chance to win a print by entering her contest on Pinterest. Simply create a board titled “1Love Home” and hashtag all of your pins with “#1LoveHome” so that Cedella can select her favorite board. The person who has created Cedella’s favorite board will win this amazing print from Daniel Fuller and HomeMint.
Olympian Usain Bolt strutted down the runway next to fashion designer Cedella Marley as the Jamaica Olympic Association and PUMA introduced the world to Jamaica’s official 2012 Olympic gear. Designed by Cedella Marley, the daughter of Marley headphones namesake Bob Marley, the Olympic gear being sported by Jamaica’s track and field team at this year’s summer Olympics in London is extremely stylish.
While having Bolt, the fasted man in the world, wearing your uniform ensures instant interest the world over, Cedella’s collection stands proudly on its own as being fashionable while fondly reflecting her childhood spent in Jamaica. The Olympic gear is bold and distinctly Jamaican, as the vibrant colors of the country’s jungle canopy mashes together with the colors of the flag. Stemming from her Catch a Fire clothing line, Cedella has been designing Jamaican themed fashion pieces since her days performing with Ziggy Marley’s Melody Makers.
“I wanted to design something where you go on the track and actually leave the track and go to your favorite pub afterwards in the same outfit,” Cedella said of her Olympic gear designs. “I think we’re able to do fashion and functionality both.”
Taking cues from the same places as House of Marley’s on-ear headphones and in-ear headphones, Cedella Marley looks to Jamaica and Rastafarian style points for inspiration. Additionally, she is also an experienced athlete herself. Running for her track team in high school, Cedella not only has fashion experience, but she knows what is needed in a uniform to win a race.
The House of Marley wishes the best of luck to the Jamaican track team and hope that Cedella’s Olympic gear offers the push needed to reach the finish line faster. The countdown to the summer Olympics has officially started and the House of Marley says let the games begin!
The last 24 hours of CES have been nothing short of humbling. We debuted our line of eco-friendly audio equipment to the world and we’re blown away by the response. It’s been an exciting first day. The Marley family is representing. We’ve got Rohan, Cedella, Karen, Robbie, Joseph and Daniel signing autographs and giving interview after interview with over 61 broadcast news stations so far. Plus, Marley gear has been featured in Gizmodo, URB, Wired, The Wall Street Journal and more.