Born: July 23, 1926
Died: April 8, 2008
Cedella Booker, born in 1926 in Jamaica, was 18 when she married Norval
Marley, a British man 32 years her senior. She gave birth to Bob Marley in 1945 who brought Jamaican reggae music to international prominence, becoming its international image.
Booker was best-known for her famous son, but she was also an author and musician. Her two books about Bob Marley offered glimpses into his
personal life. Booker released two albums, Awake Zion in 1991, and in the following year a collection of Caribbean folk songs for children called Smilin’ Island of Song. She also frequently performed with Bob Marley’s sons Ky-Mani, Ziggy, Stephen, Damian and
Julian. She died peacefully on April 8, 2008 at her South Florida home after a long illness. She was 81. Booker is survived by two children, Claudette Livingston and Richard Booker,
and 52 grandchildren.