The BOB MARLEY FOUNDATION is calling for the late reggae star to be recognised for his contribution to Jamaican culture.

Its members want Marley to be bestowed with the title of national hero, which has only ever been awarded to seven Jamaicans, including civil rights leader MARCUS GARVEY and former Prime Minister ALEXANDER BUSTAMANTE.

JACQUELINE KNIGHT-CAMPBELL, of the Bob Marley Foundation says, "Anywhere you go in the world the first thing people think of when they hear Jamaica is Bob Marley.

"He has inspired so many people with his songs so it's time for us to step up and take Bob's recognition to a higher level."

The foundation also wants Marley's birthday on 6 February to be a Jamaican national holiday.

13/12/2004 09:34