Reggae legend’s sons explore SA in documentary about Africa

2010-06-26 00:00

THREE of the seven sons of late reggae legend Bob Marley are in South Africa to shoot a documentary programme.

Ziggy (himself a Grammy award-winning reggae singer), Rohan and Robbie arrived in the country about a week ago for the filming of the series Marley Africa Road Trip, during which the brothers journey through the country on motorcycles.

The three are now in Durban. “We believe the weather is warmer here,” says Rohan. “They didn’t tell us about the ice,” he says of the chill weather upcountry.

The producer of the series, David Alexanian, was also responsible for the two series Long Way Round and Long Way Down, in which the actor Ewan McGregor travelled the world by motorbike.

The three brothers say they’ve already attended three soccer matches and support Brazil, which is “little Africa”.

“We’ve seen and experienced many wonderful things. We’ve seen a lot of animals, met some lovely people, and enjoyed some delicious food,” Rohan says enthusiastically.

Asked whether they have experienced a genuine South African braai, the three brothers shake their heads in unison and immediately want to know what it involves and whether one can also do it with fish, since they don’t eat meat.

After a brief explanation they agree that they will definitely try it out when they are camping under the stars along the road.

Ziggy also indicates that he would very much like to perform on Freedom Square in Soweto. “Even if it’s just my guitar and I — I don’t care for a big audience …”

The brothers say their goal with the series is multifaceted. “Firstly, we want to show people what South Africa looks like. The World Cup is the ideal opportunity to portray the country in a positive manner.

“We also hope to meet as many Africans from different parts of the continent as possible, and we want to lobby for a new kind of African unity. And then, of course, we also want to have some fun,” says Ziggy.

Robbie, the quietest of the three, is a veteran motorcyclist, who has done stunts in movies. Asked whether he was planning to do any stunts during their South Africa trip, he laughs. “I don’t do it all the time, but if the opportunity presents itself I’ll definitely make use of it!”

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