Ky-Mani Marley

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Ky-Mani Marley

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Ky-Mani was born in Falmouth, Jamaica, but at the age of nine, he relocated to the inner-city of Miami. During his youth, Ky-Mani was unaware of his musical abilities, sports being his first love. With his mother’s direction, he took piano and guitar lessons and played trumpet in his high school band. In addition to tapping into his musical talents, Ky-Mani was an athlete, competing in soccer and American football. As a teenager, Ky-Mani started rapping and deejaying; his first single was “Unnecessary Badness”. He became inspired as a singer after being asked to sing a hook to a song during a recording session at a studio in Miami. Ky-Mani soon began experimenting with laying tracks, at times with his brothers, Stephen, Julian and Damian.

Ky-Mani signed to Shang Records where he recorded his debut album in 1996 titled Like Father Like Son, and several singles: “Judge Not” with Patra, followed by “Dear Dad” (which topped the British reggae charts),[1] “Who The Cap Fit (remix)” and “Sensimelia”, all of which added to his growing reputation as a master in the new generation of reggae musicians. In 1997, Ky-Mani joined forces with Praswell (Fugees) on a hit cover of Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue”. Marley appeared at Midem (international music showcase), when it was held in Miami for the first time. In the Cameo Theatre, Marley performed a set which was aired live by the Caribbean News Agency to 36 countries.

Marley became the subject of a bidding war. He signed with Gee Street/V2 Records in 1997 where he completed a collaboration with label mate P.M. Dawn on the single “Gotta Be Movin’ On Up”. Marley’s next recording was the 2000 release – The Journey. In 2001, he released his third studio album – Many More Roads. He then went on tour and in 2004 and released his fourth studio album – Milestone. In 2007, After signing with Norman “Storm” Bell of Purfek Storm Management, Ky-mani released Radio which featured a then unknown artist named Tessanne Chin who went on to win NBC’s The Voice. The album was successful moving over 150k copies independently on its first pressing. Marley played the lead role in the number one underground movie coming out of Jamaica, Shottas, directed by Cess Silvera, co-starring Spragga Benz and Paul Campbell. He went on to play the lead, Kassa, with co-star Cherine Anderson in One Love, a romantic comedy.

He is currently working on new album and relaunching his successful reality show, The Life of a Marley about him balancing being a touring artist and responsible father.