Bob Marley's son: I don't shy away from his legacy
April 20th, 2012
05:35 PM ET

Bob Marley's son: I don't shy away from his legacy

When it comes to legendary singer Bob Marley, even his family learned some things thanks to a new documentary on his life.

"There was some stuff about when he was in Germany and his struggles with his illness, his process behind writing the songs, some of the issues he had with his skin color," his daughter Karen told CNN at SXSW. "It was pretty educational for me because he died when I was 8."

"Marley" was directed by Kevin Macdonald and was released in the U.S. Friday. The Jamaican singer-songwriter died in 1981 of cancer, but has an enduring legacy as a musical icon.His son, musician Ziggy Marley, said his family fully supported the documentary, which will be available for streaming for a limited time at

"There have been so many things out there about Bob," the younger Marley said. "We thought it was time to have something the family was intimately involved in that could tell his story from a more personal level."

Ziggy has found his own success in the music industry, and said he is proud of his dad.

"I don't shy away from my father's legacy at all," he said. "I love my father. I embrace it."

A double CD will also be released to coincide with the film.

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