What's in a name? It depends on the name in question...Marley.
The Marley surname perpetuates Jamaican royalty, resonates world-wide recognition and represents the pioneer of a cultural, political and social revolution. Reggae Icon and Legend Bob Marley blessed the world with his timeless, brilliant and message filled sound which continues to inspire and influence audiences today. With such a living past, Bob Marley's conviction and passion for music unintentionally was passed to the lives of his offspring and has allowed the Marley name to remain relevant amongst the hierarchy of the reggae sound.
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. Being 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 makings 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. His raw, unadulterated, gruff sound captures the listener and reverberates the essence of Ky-mani's life story. Songs such as "Dear Dad", "I Pray", "Ghetto Soldier" as well as his latest single "Fist full of Dollars" displays the versatility and fiery-passion Ky-mani exudes when sharing his voyage through song. Peace. One Love. Unity. Street Life. These are the makings of Kymani Marley's music.
As the first artist signed to independent label Vox Music Group, Ky-mani is relentlessly recording new exciting material that will surely represent a new era of sound. With Vox Music Group, Kymani will truly transcend culture lines by having his music translated into foreign languages which will allow his music to be understood and appreciated worldwide.
In addition to his musical achievements, Ky-mani is well on his way to becoming an accomplished actor. In 2006, Ky-mani starred with reggae artist, Spragga Benz in Shottas. The film is a captivating story of two young men from Jamaica struggling to reach their dreams through living life in the "fast lane". This film was released by Sony Pictures in 2007 and has created a tremendous buzz.
In 2002, Ky-mani starred as the character Kassa in One Love. A compelling love story of a conscious reggae musician dealing with the corruptions of the industry, whose world drastically changes when he meets a church girl with an angelic voice. Amongst film festivals and critics this film is another masterpiece in the Ky-mani Marley collection, yet to be released in theaters. In addition, Ky-Mani just completed the feature film Haven that star's Bill Paxton and Orlando Bloom, Directed by Frank Flowers. Haven premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In addition, Ky-mani is set to reprise his lead role in Shottas II that will begin production in 2007.
With a new energy and revitalized spirit, the future is promising for Ky-mani. As the first artist signed to independent label Vox Music Group, Ky-mani is relentlessly recording new exciting material that will surely represent a new era of sound. With Vox Music Group, Kymani will truly transcend culture lines by having his music translated into foreign languages which will allow his music to be understood and appreciated worldwide. The new recordings will continue to highlight the myriad of Ky-mani's influences. His new works will prove to be a blend of genres that will touch the inner-soul of each listener. With Vox Music Group at the helm, Kymani's latest project will prove to be nothing less than a Purfek Storm!