FABIAN Marley, the 44-year-old Jamaican who claims to be the eldest child of reggae legend Bob Marley, is moving ahead with his musical career.
This, despite a written request from the family of the late reggae king in August last year, that he “cease and desist” proporting to be a Marley and using the name, or prove through DNA testing that he is who he claims to be.
“Dem ask me for my DNA and me do that long time and give dem, and up to now, I can’t hear nothing from dem. So me just a go through with my music career,” Marley told the Jamaica Observer.
He, however, said he had received some word indicating he should redo the DNA test at a lab prescribed by the family.
“Me nuh in that with them. Me do my test at Carigen at UWI and give them the result. Don’t it up to them, one of the other Marley children, to do their test to match with mine? Something not right, why they don’t want to do it? What them ‘fraid of?” Fabian Marley questioned.
Fabian Marley claims Bunny Wailer, more popularly known as Jah B, supports his claim. Wailer was a member of The Wailers, which comprised Marley and Peter Tosh.
“Jah B a man who me know fi years. That man send me to school and he has no doubt that I am Robert’s son,” said Marley.
While he waits on word, Fabian Marley said he is in not arguing with the family, noting that “nothing can be done before the time, and the right time is now”.
He continues his move to get his musical career off the ground and is working on material for his first album, Nature’s Valentine, for which a December release is projected.
“All the tracks are ready and we have finished mixing, right now a the mastering is being done in New York and then we are ready to hit the market,” he said.
“We nuh feel threatened by the family. We do what they ask us to do and provide them with my DNA result. It up to them if they want to provide somebody, another Marley, to match with mine. So right now, I just putting out my tunes and going ahead and promoting my music. Them can’t stop me,” he said.