LA City Council proclaims today Bob Marley Day

Bob Marley Family Feud


Jamaican Reggae singer Bob Marley performs at a reggae festival concert in Paris in 1980. The widow and nine children of Bob Marley are suing his half-brother in Florida to stop use of the Marley name to promote an annual Miami music festival and other businesses.

More than 30 years after his death, the LA City Council has honored the first reggae superstar at today's proclamation of Bob Marley Day in Los Angeles.

The developing world's biggest musical star had minimal connection to these parts — save for concert appearances at the Shrine Auditorium and Roxy Theater and various recording sessions until his death in 1981.

Starting in the 1960s, Bob Marley's politics and passion focused on his native Jamaica — and offered inspiration and a powerful organizing soundtrack for people from Brazil to Zimbabwe.

All that led LA councilman Tom LaBonge to suggest the proclamation, in honor of the man and the music he made.

The honor that two of his 13 children, Ziggy and Karen Marley, accepted coincides with the DVD release of the Magnolia Pictures documentary "Marley."

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