Bob Marley married Rita Anderson on February 10, 1966.
Bob & Rita Marley together would have four children during their marriage. Marley also fathered eight more children with eight different women during this time. Not one to be left behind, Rita also had a child (Stephanie) as a result of an affair during her marriage to Bob. Rumor has it that there are several other “unclaimed” or “forgotten” children of Bob Marley, but to the best of our knowledge this is the complete list of Bob Marley’s children and mothers.
Imani Carole Marley born May 22, 1963 (with Cheryl Murray)
Imani is Bob’s first born child but for reasons unknown she is not acknowledged as such on the official Bob Marley website.
Sharon Marley born November 23, 1964 (adopted by Bob)
Sharon was born two years before Rita married Bob to an unnamed man but Bob adopted her as his own and she is offically recognized as one of his children.
Cedella Marley born August 23, 1967 (with Rita)
Cedella is Bob and Rita’s oldest child together and she along with some her siblings were part of the group Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Cedella who was named after Bob’s mother is a clothing designer and CEO of Tough Gong International.
David “Ziggy” Marley born October 17, 1968 (with Rita)
David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley is Bob’s oldest son and the front man of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.
Stephen Marley born April 20, 1972 (with Rita)
Stephen is Bob & Rita’s last child together and the fourth member of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.
Robert “Robbie” Marley born May 16, 1972 (with Pat Williams)
Robbie was born less than a month after Stephen and was Bob’s first of many children he fathered without his wife Rita. Not much is known about his mother Pat “Lucille” Williams as Robbie was brought to live with Bob and Rita. He is not a musician and has mostly stayed out of the spotlight as a motorcycle stunt rider.
Rohan Marley born May 19, 1972 (with Janet Hunt/Dunn)
Rohan was born just three days after brother Robbie and a month after brother Stephen. Not too much is known about Rohan’s mother Janet Hunt other than the fact that Rohan was also eventually brought to live with Bob and Rita at the age of four years because Janet was not caring properly for him. Rohan attended the same school as Ziggy and Stephen, but he was a trouble maker to the point that he was sent to live with Bob’s mother Cedella Booker in Miami. He played linebacker at “The U” (The University of Miami) and is also notorious for having five children with singer Lauren Hill. In 2009, he co-founded Marley Coffee, an organic coffee plantation and sustainable farming business in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains.
Karen Marley born 1973 (with Janet Bowen)
Karen, is the third biologocal daughter of Marley, she was born in England in 1973 to her mother Janet Bowen aka “Janet From England“. Karen grew up in Jamaica with the Marley’s and attended school with Stephanie.
Stephanie Marley born in 1974 (adopted by Bob)
Stephanie was born out of wedlock after Rita had an affair with a man named Ital. Bob adopted Stephanie and accepted her as his own and she is officially recognized as one of his children.
Julian Marley born June 4, 1975 (with Lucy Pounder)
Julian was born in London and raised by his mother, Lucy Pounder although she did bring Julian to visit the Marley’s in Jamaica and Miami. He is a singer, songwriter, producer and self-taught musician with three albums to his credit, most recently 2009’s Grammy-nominated album Awake.
Ky-Mani Marley born February 26, 1976 (with Anita Belnavis)
Ky-Mani was born in Jamaica to Bob’s then-girlfriend Anita Belnavis, a Caribbean table tennis champion, and raised in inner-city Miami. Ky-Mani was initially more interested in sports than in making music, but that all changed when he discovered a knack for rapping and singing and released his debut album, Like Father Like Son, in 1996.
Damian Marley born July 21, 1978 (with Cindy Breakspeare)
Damian mother was 1976 Miss World Cindy Breakspeare and one of Bob’s most known about girlfriends. Damian is nicknamed “Jr. Gong” after his father. and is a dancehall reggae artist and Grammy Award winner. In 2010 he teamed up with Nas on the collaborative album Distant Relatives, which bridged the gap between dancehall and hip-hop.
Madeka Marley born May 30, 1981 (with Yvette Crichton)
Makeda Jahnesta Marley was born to Yvette Crichton in 1981 in Miami mere weeks after Bob’s death. She is the singer’s youngest child, but she did not grow up with or around any of her half siblings. She attended high school and college in Pennsylvania and currently resides in the Philadelphia area.
“Children are wonderful. It don’t take plenty y’know. Just a nice girl who don’t take birth control. Sexual intercourse is a lovely thing”