Ky-Mani Marley is the second youngest of Bob Marley’s eleven children. While bearing the Marley name, Ky-Mani’s childhood told a different story. Settling in America at a young age, Ky-Mani was raised in the inner-city in a 2 bedroom home along with 8 family members. Exposed to an urban lifestyle, Ky-Mani adopted the attitude that all people are equal – no one is above or beneath him. This attitude has become the motto for the way he lives his life today. Humble. Soft-Spoken. Sincere. Loyal. Honest. Genuine. These are the characteristics of Ky-Mani Marley.
As a child Ky-Mani had no interest following in the footsteps of his world-famous father and was more inclined to play sports. As a teenager Ky-Mani toyed with rapping and deejaying yet, his love for sports would overshadow his inherent musical talent.
However, the seed that was planted by Bob’s legacy sprouted in 1997 when Ky-Mani teamed up with hip hop artist Pras of The Fugees and collaborated on Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue”. This would be the defining moment in Ky-Mani’s journey which would lead him to pick up the torch his iconic father lit so many years ago. Since, Ky-Mani has tapped into his artistic gift and has embraced the idea of sharing his insight through song.
Remaining true to his Jamaican culture, Ky-Mani’s fondness for all genres of music influences the work he creates. Ky-Mani is an artist with no limits. Incorporating world music, hip hop, blues, rock and a grass roots sound into his music, the end product is the pure representation of life for Ky-Mani. The Ky-Mani Marley sound is one that transcends cultural lines and prohibits him from being categorized as only a reggae artist. Peace. One Love. Unity. Street Life. These are the makings of Ky-Mani Marley’s music.