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Donisha Rita-Claire Prendergast    

Granddaughter of Bob & Rita Marley; Filmmaker & Poet

Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast believes that, “If Bob Marley were alive today, he probably wouldn’t be making music. There’s just too much other work to do in the world. He’d be focused on doing positive work in the community.” Donisha makes this bold statement proudly, because as granddaughter of both Bob and Rita Marley, she knows the stories, inspirations and struggles behind these legendary figures better than nearly everyone.

Continuing her beloved grandparent’s legacy and message of One Love, Donisha now speaks to audiences through APB Speakers International with presentations which are dynamic, passionate and extremely entertaining. She is, at heart, a true artist whose fresh and vibrant talent spans many disciplines as an actor, filmmaker, musician and public advocate.

As the granddaughter of Bob and Rita Marley, Donisha offers her insight on the amazing lives of “Jamaica’s First Family”, whose many contributions include the founding of the Bob Marley Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to helping people and organizations in the developing world. As an accomplished filmmaker, Donisha’s role in the Canadian feature length documentary, RasTa, A Soul's Journey, educates audiences on the Rastafari culture – quelling the many misunderstandings and misconceptions about this way of life. This film shows how Bob Marley’s eternal message of freedom and compassion is relevant to today’s issues of inequality. Donisha explains, “Making the documentary helped me become a little closer to his mission. He was not just a musician, but a freedom fighter.”

Her travels throughout the world, from Africa & the Caribbean to India, Japan, Africa and more has exposed her to many lifestyles, perspectives and stories that has helped to influence her patience and ability to relate to a cross-section of audiences. “At the end of the day, we are all souls on a journey… bits and pieces of the same whole.”

Recently paired with Ndaba Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s grandson, and Jasmine Rand, Trayvon Martin’s family attorney, audiences will be the first to hear about “I Am the Change,” a new world-wide phenomenon that is empowering today’s youth to inspire meaningful change on a global scale.

With her highly motivating allocution, and famous family pedigree, Donisha always proves to be an enlightened beacon of hope for her audiences. She promises an impassioned dialogue on youth, spirituality and the Rastafari culture that will connect with audiences, both young and old.

RESUME

The foremost representative for the next generation of the esteemed Marley family that includes, Bob, Rita, Sharon, Ziggy, Cedella and Damian – just to name a few.
Host, Star Search at Traxx, Jamaica's version of American Idol.
Leading roles in productions for Jamaican Theater Production Company, Jambiz, that include, Puppy Love, Cindy Relisha and the DJ Prince and The Last Stand.
Featured in several global advertising campaigns and music videos.
Has appeared in several videos including, Rita Marley's, Take me To the West Indies, Rik Roc's, Your Eyes and Morgan Heritage's, Senorita. Performed on tour with International artist, Shaggy.
Director & Producer Music Videos: Damiam Marley & Cham: Fighter, Tarrus Riley: To the Limit, Gimme Likkle One Drop, Sorry is a Sorry Word, Kenyan Reggae Singer Wyre & Alaine Nakupenda
Lead in award-winning Canadian feature documentary film RasTa, A Soul’s Journey.
Co-founder of Manifesto Jamaica: an initiative focused on youth empowerment through the arts.
Guest Lecturer on Japanese Peace Boat 77th & 80th Global Voyages
Guest Speaker for Free the Children Leadership Camps & We Day
Leader of Social Movement Occupy Pinnacle defending RasTafari Heritage Land from private developers.

Speech Topics


Redemption Song: Bob, Rita & the Music that Changed the World

Hear first-hand about the history of Bob and Rita Marley, from their humble beginnings, to their world-wide influence from the perspective of a close family member. With her expertise in the performing arts, Donisha lets the audience feel what is was like for Bob and Rita to go through all of the tribulations and triumphs – every step of the way – on their incredible journey that changed the world. As a veteran stage performer, Donisha is also able to give audiences a palpable sense of what it was like to be loved by those that the world loved.

Natty Dread: Life’s Lessons from the Rastafari Culture

The only thing dreaded in the Rastafari Lifestyle is hair. Misinformation and stereotypes has led to the condemnation and misunderstanding of what it means to be a Rastafari – practically turning its main totem Love into a “four letter word.” Audiences will be educated and inspired by the messages of Bob Marley’s music and his granddaughter’s passion to dispel any misconceptions about the world of the Rastafari and teach its culture’s keys to happiness. Listeners can now learn how to apply these lessons learned and unlock the richness of their own life.

“I Am the Change”: How One Person Can Make a Difference

There is a new empowering message on the horizon that will demonstrate the power of Bob Marley’s whole-hearted belief and eternal message – that it just takes one person to change the world– giving today’s youth not only hope, but a platform to launch themselves into empowerment and achievement. Could you be Loved, then be Love? It begins with One… Love.

News


Bob Marley’s granddaughter joins hurricane relief efforts in Haiti

Hundreds of people lined up at the clinic. The line is long, but they are willing to wait hours for treatment.

However, the aid effort isn’t just about medical care and feeding the hungry.

And that’s why Donisha Prendergast, the granddaughter of the late Jamaican-born reggae performer Bob Marley, joined the group.

Prendergast said nurturing these people is just as important as addressing their physical needs. “‘My belly full, but I’m hungry.’ My grandfather said that,” she said.

7News cameras captured Prendergast interacting with a young girl from Cavaillon.

Marley’s granddaughter said it’s not enough to send money and toiletries. “We don’t just need clothes and shoes and medical supplies. We need you,” she said. “We need your humanity to get more active. ‘One Love’ is an action. It’s not just a song that you dance to.”

It has been a life-changing mission for many of these volunteers, as their actions show the people of Haiti they are not forgotten.

“It’s about being human,” said Prendergast. “It’s not just the bellies that need food. It’s the souls, too. People need hugs.”

Bob Marley’s granddaughter brings message of love, empowerment to Nebraska

HASTINGS, Neb. — Bob Marley’s song “Could You Be Loved?” asks an important question, “Could you be love and be loved?”

Marley’s question is still vital today, more than ever in a world that seems so indifferent and uncaring toward people, said Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast, granddaughter of reggae legend Bob Marley.

Prendergast, 31, posed the same question as her grandfather Wednesday night at Hastings College.

Her presentation “Could You Be Love?” was Hastings College’s Black History Month keynote address.

Prendergast, who is an actress, a model, a dancer and a poet, used the title of her grandfather’s song to explore how individuals "can be love" when a world is at war and when they struggle to find balance between spiritual and material wealth.

“Could you know what it is like to truly know love?” Prendergast asked the audience. “You know, the boyfriend/girlfriend kind of love. The mommy/child kind of love. But beyond that, do you know the love that it takes to love a stranger? Love an enemy? To love someone who looks nothing like you? Sounds nothing like you? Will never be like you? Could you?”

“Could You Be Loved” was from Bob Marley and the Wailers' 1980 album, “Uprising,” which was the final studio album released during his lifetime.

According to Wikipedia, “This album is one of Marley’s most directly religious, with nearly every song addressing his Rastafarian beliefs, culminating in the acoustic recording of ‘Redemption Song.’”

Prendergast called herself a “soul in evolution.”

“I have journeyed around the world like my grandfather,” she said. “I can’t sing like him, but I still use my voice. I use my voice to speak out when it demands it. I use my platform to fight. To fight because it is right. Why?...Why not?”

Prendergast said her grandfather is still an important cultural icon since his death in 1981 at the age of 36.

She said Marley found a way to “tunnel that hurt” he saw in the world through his music.

“It was something that could grow ideas,” Prendergast said. “Something that could grow nations beyond the color of his skin.”

Bob Marley's granddaughter in fight to protect Jamaica's 'cradle of Rastafarian culture'

As the godfather of reggae, Bob Marley created a global soundtrack for the Rastafari culture, spreading its message of freedom around the world and encouraging the oppressed and impoverished: “Stand up for your rights.” More than three decades after the Jamaican singer’s death, his eldest granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast, 30, has adopted the same rallying cry as part of an effort to halt the seizure of the historic site on which the movement that inspired Marley’s music laid its first foundations. The showdown centres on Pinnacle, a 500-acre hilltop site in Sligoville, Jamaica, that was once home to the island’s first self-sustaining community of freed slaves and their descendants. Founded in the 1940s, it is considered the cradle of Rastafari, the African-based spiritual ideology that infused Marley’s anthems such as One Love, Buffalo Soldier, Iron Lion Zion, and Get Up Stand Up. “Rastafari and Bob Marley gave the world the ideology of ‘One Love’ and it all began at Pinnacle,” said Ms Prendergast. “Could you build on the pyramids of Egypt? Could you build on the historic spaces of Pittsburgh? No. Then why do they do this here?… We need the attention of the world to help us tell our people and our leaders how important it is to preserve this place, not because it’s prime land and can make a lot of money but because it’s our history.”

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