6 Jan 2011 - Almost 30 years after reggae legend Bob Marley's death, his 11 children are trying to keep his legacy alive through a range of music gadgets including boom boxes, iPod docks and headphones.
Made of sustainable materials such as hemp, wood, leather and canvas, the Marley-branded products were unveiled at an event in Las Vegas before the official opening of the Consumer Electronics Show.
Celebrities including rap star Dr. Dre and Lady GaGa have lent their names to a raft of technology products in recent years but Marley's son, Rohan, insisted in an interview with this website that this was more than a cynical cash grab. He said the family was integral in designing the products.
"We thought, what is it that we can do together that would represent what the family stands for and the first thing that came to our mind was, we're in the studio everyday, we're listening to music every day, you know what we need, we need music transmitters," he said.
"Our initial vision was if we want to do something in this genre we have to be eco friendly, sustainable, using parts that are recyclables ... things that relate to mother Earth - if we aren't doing that we aren't being who we are."
The products, designed with a distinct Jamaican theme, are named after Bob's songs and albums, including the Jammin' range of headphones, earbuds and portable speakers and the Get Up Stand Up iPod dock.
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