Dear Dad, a book by Ky-Mani Marley

Howard Campbell spoke to Ky-Mani Marley about his new biography, Dear Dad, for the Jamaica Gleaner. Here are some excerpts, with the link to the complete article below.

Although he is the son of music royalty, Ky-Mani Marley says life has not always been a bed of roses. The 33-year-old singer/actor tells his story in Dear Dad, his autobiography to be released February 6, just in time to celebrate his father’s birthday.

Marley is best known for minor hit songs like Dear Dad and Warriors and roles in movies such as One Love, as well as starring in a hit reality show on Black Entertainment Television (BET). But he says his childhood was difficult, even though his father was reggae superstar Bob Marley.

“I’ve lived a life many cannot imagine. Many people don’t even know half the things I’ve been through,” Marley told The Sunday Gleaner.

In Dear Dad, he revisits those years of strife. He said he lived with his mother Anita Belnavis in a two-bedroom board house in her hometown of Falmouth, Trelawny, where he was born. Belnavis was a leading table tennis player in the Caribbean in the 1970s, and one of several women with whom Bob Marley had children outside of marriage.

Marley said things did not improve after he and his mother moved to Miami, Florida, when he was nine years old. They lived in the tough, crime-prone community of Liberty City, scene of many riots during the 1980s. “That was another two-bedroom house worse than where we were living in Jamaica,” he said.

Life changed for the better in 1994, 13 years after his father’s death from cancer at age 36. He gained a considerable financial settlement from the Marley estate, which, among other things, provided for Bob’s ‘outside’ children. “I can tell you that that was a big relief for me, my mother, my auntie. We were living on nothing, really,” Marley recalled.

He also comments on his relationship with his father’s wife, Rita, and her children for Marley but stays clear of sensationalism.

“I tell the truth; I’m not stepping on toes to create conflict. But I tell no lies,” he said.

Dear Dad, which will be distributed in five languages, was done with the assistance of a professional writer. It will be released in association with Dr Farrah Gray, the influential African-American empowerment guru who lives in Las Vegas, on what would have been Bob Marley’s 65th birthday.

Several Marley biographies have been written since the singer’s death.

For more go to http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20091122/ent/ent1.html

8 thoughts on “Dear Dad, a book by Ky-Mani Marley

  1. I am shocked at the revelations of the article since so many public promices were made post Bob`s death of the attention which the other children would obtain in the distribution of their fathers`s wealth.While I cannot speak to the life in Liberty City but I can endorse that of Falmouth and there are many of us who have not forgotten.
    This is a lesson that regardless of the stridency of faith in soe thngs in the human family does not change much, but should we be suprised.

  2. I watch The Shottas, it was really good. i wish i could see Mr. Ky-Mani Marley face to face just to Swaggar me up. really i like him as a man.
    and also as a person. Jah bless you man.
    Take care man. Survival makes the story.

  3. THOW UNDERSTANDING IS LEAD TO MIST, BUT HOPE IS BETTER FOR YOU, AN YOUR FATHER THE TIME WHICH IS THE PASSION THAT YOU HAVE FOR HEM , AN THATS WHAT DEWELLES IN ,AN OUT IT SHOWS THE LOVE, BLESSES TO YOU ALWAYS TO BOB MARLEY CAREING INSITES:~)LOVE YOU KY SO WONDERFUL BAD BOY+

  4. I really feel Ky Mani’s pains and woes of his childhood days. Yes! those memories do linger on. However, it’s very common, and I suspect, that even today (july2011) this type of child hood tale is still played out in the lives of less unfortunate children of the world. Thus with Ky Mani’s maturity and spiritual growth…..The Love Over All Foundation…http://www.myspace.com/kymanimarley/blog/499234787.
    …..would have never been formed had it not been to the pains and woes of his childhood. Praise God, for such a beautiful life lesson (yet, Again,); That one person can make a difference, in a world gone wrong.

  5. Ky mani Marley,, he is truely a blessed soul…after watching his movie and some of his interviews, i can tell he is one of God’s angel…I wish i can meet him one day…He can change a lot of young men. and lead them the right way…I pray that god continue to bless him.

  6. I love me some Kymani!!!! Ever since I seen Shottas I have been madly in love with this man. I finally got to meet him last year at his book signing, and he is one of the nicest most genuine down to earth person I have ever met. Keep up the good work and God bless!

  7. I think that writing a book in honor of your father is a great thing and expressing what has been felt for many years is ok, don’t waste your energy on things that have no wait concentrate on who you have become and thrive on that and understand that you are not the only one,remember the passion of love for the people that your father expressed through his music and from the loin of his spirit he created you a king who can continue the path that your father created through Jah, if you did not endure the struggles that you did then you would not be able to understand the pain your father felt for the people focus on that and everything else will not matter any more, much love lovely

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