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.
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," and his latest single "Fist Full of Dollars," display 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, Ky-mani 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, starring 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.