Since there’s only a week left in the Nice Time Contest, the House of Marley wanted to take a moment to get better acquainted with the talented woman affectionately known as Nice Time: Cedella Marley.
As Bob Marley’s second child, Cedella was given the nickname “Nice Time” by her legendary father, who subsequently wrote a song about her with the same title. Today, Cedella is CEO of Tuff Gong International, a renowned fashion designer (you may have seen her wares on the Jamaican Olympic team this summer), children’s author, musician, and proud member of the Marley family.
Check out our interview with Cedella Marley and get to know Nice Time for yourself.
What does Marley mean in 2012?
This was a very special year with the debut of the documentary. We are all very proud to be able to share our dad with the world. As a family, we have some great projects on the horizon, so the remainder of the year will be a good one.
The Marley legacy is so far-reaching. Where are some of the most memorable places you’ve experienced it?
I am constantly amazed at the reach and impact my father’s music has made around the globe. His music is timeless. It’s universal to all ages, all walks of life.
Do you have any favorite lyrics of your father’s?
They all hold a special place in my daily life. Right now I am feeling the lyrics of “Positive Vibration” as I always like to stay focused on moving forward and staying positive.
How old were you when your father started calling you “Nice Time”? Which came first, the nickname or the song?
He had been calling me Nice Team since birth. I’m pretty sure the name came first, then the song.
When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer?
I have always loved fashion. Both my mother and father have made a huge impact on my work as a designer. To me and to many other people in the world, their style is iconic.
Where did you draw inspiration from when designing for the Jamaican Olympic team?
For the Olympic collection, I drew inspiration from the colors and vibes of Jamaica, vintage military cuts and, of course, Grace Jones. I felt that the fits worked well with the physics of the athletes, and the colors clearly represented our country and our ability to heat up the track.
Regarding your series of children’s books, how did you decide you wanted to bring your father’s message to this generation of youth?
That’s the beauty of my father’s message: it works for all ages. I am a mother of three, and I see how a positive message can impact their lives and their interactions with others. His positivity has been felt around the world, by all ages for decades. This was his greatest gift.
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