Music legend Bob Marley's youngest son DAMIAN has hit out at critics who deride him for performing his late father's songs - because the songs are the only way he can keep his late father alive.

The singer, who was only two years old when his reggae superstar father succumbed to cancer aged 36, believes the music helps him understand his late father and feel his presence.

And he credits his mother, CINDY BREAKSPEARE, with helping him relate to the parent he never really knew.

Damian, 27, explains, "I know my father - through my brothers and sister and my mother, and through his music.

"He is very much present, his spirit is very much here, but not in a superficial way. He lives through us."

As for performing his father's music, Damian remains unfazed: "It's our music".