|Ky-Mani Marley Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||February 26, 1976|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Ky-Mani Marley is a Jamaican singer and musician who started his life in poverty and for the whole of his childhood and teens, he had to live in impoverished and crime-ridden neighborhoods. However, he eventually found solace and refuge in music just like his famous father. Since the release of his debut album, Like Father Like Son, he hasn’t looked back. He has a huge social media fan base with more than 200k followers on Twitter and more than 1 million followers on Facebook.
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Actor
- Father – Bob Marley (Singer, Songwriter, Musician)
- Mother – Anita Belnavis (Table Tennis Player)
- Siblings – None
- Others – Norval Sinclair Marley (Paternal Grandfather), Cedella Malcolm (Paternal Grandmother), Cedella Marley (Older Half-Sister) (Actress), David Ziggy (Older Half-Brother) (Singer and Actor), Stephen Marley (Older Half-Brother), Stephanie Marley (Older Half-Sister), Rohan Marley (Older Half-Brother) (Entrepreneur and Former American Football Player), Robert Robbie (Older Half-Brother), Karen Marley (Older Half-Sister), Julian Marley (Older Half-Brother) (Reggae Musician), Damian Marley (Younger Half-Brother) (Musician, Singer, Songwriter)
Ky-Mani Marley is represented by Konfrontation Muzik.
Reggae, Dancehall, Hip-Hop, R&B
Guitar, Vocals, Piano, Trumpet, Bongos
- Shang Records
- Gee Street/V2 Records
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
82 kg or 181 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Ky-Mani Marley has overall 9 children – 5 sons and 4 daughters.
- With Sabrina, he has 2 sons named Ky-Mani Marley Jr. (also known as KJ Marley) and one more son Kastin Marley.
- With Melayna Stephens, Ky has 3 children named, Zedeke, Kingston, and Kalani.
- He has 3 daughters named, Imani, Kymora, and Cache.
- With singer Jazmine Jones, he has a son named, Maestro Marley. Maestro is Ky’s youngest son.
Race / Ethnicity
He has Jamaican ancestry on both his parents’ side.
- Dreadlocks hair
- Bushy Beard
Best Known For
- The popularity of his studio album, Many More Roads, which was nominated for the Grammy Awards for the best reggae album. However, he ultimately lost to his half-brother Damian Marley’s album, Halfway Tree.
- The commercial success of his studio album, Radio. The album managed to reach the very top of the Billboard Reggae Charts in October 2007.
In August 1996, he released his first studio album, Like Father Like Son. He covered some of his father’s songs such as No Woman, No Cry in the album.
In 2002, he made his theatrical film debut in the lead role in the action-drama film, Shottas.
First TV Show
In 2007, Ky-Mani Marley made his first TV show appearance on the comedy talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Ky-Mani Marley Favorite Things
- Dish – Ackee and Saltfish
Source – YouTube
Ky-Mani Marley Facts
- He spent his early childhood in the poor neighborhood of Falmouth, Jamaica. He and his mother didn’t get financial support from his famous father.
- After Bob Marley’s death, he didn’t receive any financial help from his father’s estate until he had turned 18.
- At the age of 9, he and his mother moved to Miami. In Miami, they lived in the crime-ridden neighborhood, where he used to watch people getting shot from his window.
- While he was studying in middle school, he started peddling drugs.
- While growing up, he didn’t have much interest in music and his first love was sports. Under his mother’s influence, he eventually got enrolled in guitar and piano classes.
- While studying in high school, he used to play trumpet in his school’s band. He also competed in American football and soccer.
- He started deejaying and rapping in his teens. His first single was Unnecessary Badness.
- He got interested in singing after he was asked to sing a hook during a recording session in a Miami-based studio.
- Early in his singing career, he often experimented with laying tracks. He also used to work with his brothers Damian, Julian, and Stephen.
- In April 2010, he published his biographical book, Dear Dad: Where’s the Family in Our Family, Today? In the book, he talked about his struggle. After the release of the book, he was locked in a dispute with the publishers for using provocative subheading, The Story the Marley Family Apparently Doesn’t Want You to Know. He termed it a malicious act.
- He has established his non-profit organization, Love Over All Foundation (LOAF). Through the organization, he aims to improve the condition of school children in his hometown of Falmouth.
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