BOB MARLEY’S FAMILY
The Family Members and Story
Bob Marley’s Family
The Reggae Legend’s Wife
Rita Anderson Marley
Alpharita Constantia Anderson was born in Cuba to Leroy Anderson and Cynthia “Bada” Jarrett. At the age of three months, Rita, as she was known, immigrated to Jamaica. After her parents relocated to Europe, the girl was raised by her strict aunt Viola on Greenwich Park Road in Trench Town, Kingston (Boot). It was here that Rita first encountered the trio of Bob, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer as they passed by her home while walking on their way to Coxsone One Studio. Rita had heard the Wailer’s music but it was not until a friend accompanied her to the studio that she was officially introduced to the group. Once it was learned that Rita was a singer in addition to being a nurse, an audition was arranged immediately for her group, the Soulettes. The audition for the Soulettes went so well that Bob was assigned to the group’s management in addition to helping them find new material. Bob was said to be very strict with the trio, which consisted of Rita, her cousin Constantine “Dream” Walker, and Marlene “Precious” Gifford, to the point where the group came to dislike him. Much to Rita’s dismay however, Bunny pointed out that Bob was in love with her. Soon after, Bob started sending her love notes.
At 11 a.m. February 10, 1966, after dating for nearly a year, the couple got married in the home of an Anderson family friend. Bob was 21 and his bride was 19 at the time.
Rita later enjoyed success as a member of the vocal trio the I-Threes. She recently decided to settle in Ghana (West Africa) with many of her children and grand-children where she is now known under the honorific name of Nana Afua Addobea