Bob Marley `wanted more Black American fans`

Washington: Bob Marley’s son Ziggy has revealed that the reggae legend wanted his music to be reached out to more Black American fans.

Even though Marley was influenced by American rhythm and blues artists, his own music was slow to catch on with African-Americans during his lifetime.

A scene from the new documentary, ‘Marley,’ shows an all-white crowd gathered to watch Marley perform in the US in the late 1970s.

“He had issue with it, because he wanted African-Americans to hear his message,” ABC News quoted Ziggy as telling ‘Nightline.’

Marley’s children, band mates, widow and ex-girlfriends help tell his story in the mammoth documentary covering the legendary artist’s humble beginnings in Jamaica and rise to become reggae’s first and biggest international superstar.

“He covers such a wide spectrum of people now, and it keeps growing,” Ziggy said.

“He has a message for everybody. He has a message for the fighters. He has a message for the peace guys.”

Ziggy and other members of the Marley family were in Los Angeles on August 7, where they celebrated the city’s inaugural “Bob Marley Day” and the online and DVD release of ‘Marley.’