- Son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, Rohan Marley, is putting down roots in South Africa having visited more than once and considering Africa a home
- He was recently named as a brand ambassador for SA tourism and is travelling for Away to Africa which will see him visiting various parts of our country
- He calls South Africa "dynamic" and the "perfect melting pot of the world" and is of the opinion that Africa is definitely on the rise
Although this is only the fourth time Rohan Marley has visited South Africa he says he doesn’t feel like a tourist at all. He considers himself as a descendant of Africa, so sees visiting Africa as coming home. "I'm not a tourist. And it's wonderful to see your home and see Africans thriving. There is such a great vibe."
Breifly.co.za gathers that Marley is visiting due to his recently being announced as ambassador for Away to Africa, through which he will traverse the country under the auspices of SA Tourism with the aim to share a love of the country with the world while honouring his father’s legacy.
Starting his visit in Cape Town, he attended the Cape Town Jazz Festival on Friday and said the experience was very special as he’d not attended a Jazz event in some time.
"I haven't been to a jazz festival in decades. We used to have them in Jamaica, and I'd watch my brothers perform. But this was a special one. I heard Corinne Bailey Rae, she is such a legend. She did “Is This Love” and it really blew me away,” said Rohan who isn’t a musician like his father and brothers, but still has a deep appreciation for the art.
Asked if he could ever see himself living in South Africa permanently he said he, and others in his family, could certainly imagine that future. "Mama Rita has been talking about settling down in South Africa for a long, long time. Whenever I come here, my brother always tells me to find him a house. We see ourselves coming here more often."
He is refreshingly optimistic about the country and the continent in general. "I would like people to know I believe that Africa is emerging, and it's been emerging. It's time to wake up. To my African brothers and sisters all over the continent I say, 'We are one.' No matter if you are two shades brighter, or two shades lighter. We are one people.”
Reflecting on the fraught history of the people of Africa he is quick to say people need to return to their natural regal nature. "I am not a descendant of slaves, I am a king. Just because our forefathers were prosecuted and enslaved, that does not make them slaves. It makes their captor evil," explains Marley
A former sportsman turned businessman, he is now the spokesman for the Marley family's non-profit organisation, 1Love.org, which was inspired by his father, Bob’s vision of hope, peace and unity - he says: "It's not about the brand. It's about our principles and how we do things as a family. If we go into business we want our business to be a reflection of who we are as a family."
"I love to travel and meet new people. I have no problem speaking to anyone. I love my dad, and everything we do as a family is in the spirit of Bob Marley. His drive and the things he loved. It's amazing being able to do this."
Marley sees a lot of potential in South Africa. "South Africa is so advanced with technology, from an entrepreneurial perspective. It's nice to see where the efforts should be put and what the mind should be focused on."
His advice for anyone working towards the same goals of making the world better is simple. "If you want the world to a better place. It starts with our word. It's important that we do what we say, and we say what we do. Our objective in life should be to keep your word. When you keep your word, you keep your peace."
Source: Graye Morkel - read his original story here
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