Ky-Mani Marley, is a reggae-music artist, film actor, and the tenth son of legendary reggae icon Bob Marley. Born in Falmouth, Jamaica in 1976, Ky-Mani Marley was raised by his mother Anita Belnavis. Belnavis was a well-known table tennis player in the Caribbean in the 1970s, when she met the senior Marley. Speaking to the Jamaica Gleaner (22 November 2009) Marley said, “I’ve lived a life many cannot imagine. Many people don’t even know half the things I’ve been through.”
Having discovered his musical talents relatively late in life, Marley (whose first name, Ky-Mani means “adventurous traveler”) has produced four albums and is known for several hit songs such as “Dear Dad” and “Warriors.” His acting career includes roles in a number of independent films such as One Love and a starring TV in his own reality series on Black Entertainment Television, “Living the Life of Marley.” He was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Better World Awards.
This summer, he is busy on a book tour through Canada and the United States to publicize his controversial memoir Dear Dad [also see previous post New book by Bob Marley’s son strains legend’s family ties.]
Publisher’s description: Dear Dad is an arresting narrative of a son locked out of his iconic father’s shelter for the first half of his life and forced to survive the poverty-stricken, predator-infested streets of one of Miami’s most violent ghettos, Liberty City. Initially estranged from his siblings and cut off from any financial benefit of the Marley Estate, young Ky-Mani’s gritty ascent from a bullet-riddled life to the world stages he now commands as a Grammy-nominated recording artist are chronicled in this gripping biography.
For full article, see http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20091122/ent/ent1.html and a charming review of one of his recent appearances at http://queenunique.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/ky-mani-marley-at-239-acoustic-affairs%e2%84%a2/
For book-signing dates, see http://kymani-marley.com/