Internationally, the name Marley is synonymous with reggae music and the culture of Jamaica.
It is no coincidence that the talented young Rita Anderson was destined to become a cornerstone of the musical Marley family. Bob Marley is the King of Reggae, and his wife, The Honorable Dr. Alferita Marley O.J, O.D, LITT, (affectionately called ‘Rita’) provided him with vocal support as a member of the I-Threes. Rita Marley also forged a career in her own right as a solo artist. Her catalog of hits includes One Draw, Harambe, Lion & the Lamb, Good Girls Culture, and Just One More Morning.
As the matriarch of the Marley family, Dr. Marley wears many hats and has been instrumental in the initiation and completion of great works internationally, regionally, and locally. In 1986, she had the vision and wisdom to transform Bob Marley’s house at 56 Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica into the Bob Marley Museum. Dr. Marley’s purchase of the former Federal Records at 220 Marcus Garvey Drive and subsequent relocation of Tuff Gong International to this new address set the stage for Tuff Gong to become a leader in the recording, manufacturing, and distribution of music in Jamaica, the Caribbean, and the world. She is the Founder and Chairperson of the Bob Marley Foundation, Bob Marley Museum, Tuff Gong International, and the Rita Marley Foundation. Dr Marley continues to honor her commitment to the works of her husband, her children, and her people by fulfilling her mission to enlighten, educate and entertain through her philanthropy and music.