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Cindy Breakspeare super proud of son Damian Marley

Published:Monday | January 25, 2016 | 1:10 AM
Cindy Breakspeare, mother of Damian Marley, after receiving a Gleaner Honour Award on his behalf.

IT WAS a proud moment for Cindy Breakspeare, who collected the 2015 Gleaner Honour Award on behalf of her son, Damian Marley.

Marley was awarded for providing an innovative international platform for the further exposure of Jamaican music through the ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ Cruise.

Breakspeare, who apologised for Marley’s absence, explained that it was an award well deserved.

“For me as a mother, I see the hard work he has put in. It’s not like he wanted to become a doctor, lawyer or anything else. Music has always been his passion. This is the subtotal of his life thus far,” she declared.

“The cruise, in particular, was an idea he had long before it became a reality. Lots of hard work was applied in making it happen. He is the host, he’s on the entire cruise, he meets and greets people, so it took a lot out of him, not just with the planning, but the duration of the actual cruise. It is something that is very dear to his heart,” the proud mother said.

She added: “I’m extremely proud of him because when Damian takes the stage, I never have to hang my head in shame. I know there will not be any cursing of the authorities, no demeaning of women, no bad language.” Breakspeare further indicated that she believes Marley’s commitment and hard work are factors that have contributed to his success.

“His father (Bob Marley) was one of the finest role models anyone could ask for. Bob was a champion for the people and all his children have taken on that mantle, which is very relevant today, maybe even more relevant than it was back then. Standing up for the oppressed never goes out of style and all of Bob’s sons have embraced that legacy,” she said.

“One cannot dispute that Damian has talent. He might not be a singer like Luther Vandross, but when he puts pen to paper, you will be amazed; however, with talent he recognises that he has to put in the work, and we are seeing the results.”