Ky-Mani Marley

Ky-Mani Marley
Ky-Mani Marley
Background information
Born February 26, 1976 (1976-02-26) (age 35)
Falmouth, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, Dancehall, hip hop
Occupations Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Actor
Instruments Guitar, vocals, Piano, Trumpet
Years active 1996–present
Labels Shang Records, Gee Street, V2 Records.

Ky-mani (born February 26, 1976)[1] is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist whose east african name means Adventurous Traveler. The only child of table tennis champion Anita Belnavis and reggae icon Bob Marley, Ky-mani Marley was born in Falmouth, Jamaica. At the age of nine he relocated to the inner-city of Miami.

In beginning, Ky-Mani was unaware of his musical abilities, sports being his first love, but 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 a serious jock, competing in soccer and 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. The decision to actually get into the entertainment world loomed over him because of his father's legacy. 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". The extent of his star power became abundantly clear when Ky-Mani took the stage at Midem (international music showcase), when it was held in Miami for the first time. Catering to an international audience in the filled to capacity Cameo Theatre, Ky-Mani delivered an explosive set which aired live by CANA (Caribbean News Agency) to 36 countries.

Ky-Mani immediately became the subject of an intense label 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" (Senseless Soundtrack, which went Gold in Africa). Both collaborations helped to establish Ky-Mani outside his tight knit reggae community.

Ky-Mani's willingness to embrace all genres of music is also evident in the 2000 release, The Journey. From the Spanish guitar which introduces "RudeBoy", to the lover rock flow of "Fell In Love", the deeply spiritual "Lord Is My Shepherd" or the rock steady tribute "Dear Dad", Ky-mani brings songs of universal themes laced with a personal insight and passion. In 2001 he released his third studio album Many More Roads. He then went on tour and in 2004 released his fourth studio album Milestone. He then in 2007 released his fifth studio album Radio.

Fulfilling his name adventurous traveler branching out from his music, Ky-mani Marley has also made a name for himself as an actor playing 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. Displaying his diversification and talent playing the role of a bad man in Shottas, Ky-mani Marley then went on to play the lead Kassa with co-star Cherine Anderson in One Love, a romantic comedy infused with the music and culture of Jamaica.

Ky-mani Marley is now working on his sixth studio album showcasing his growth as an individual and illustrating the duality of his personality: Ky-mani and Maestro. The result is an urban sound deeply rooted in the reggae and hip hop cultures. The album promises to be a refreshing departure from the typical synthetic pop associated with the genre, and will instead be a representation of authentic urban hip-hop and reggae fusion. His newest single is called " New Heights" released March 3, 2011.


  • Like Father Like Son (1996)
  • The Journey (2000)
  • Many More Roads (2001)
  • Milestone (2004)
  • Radio (2007)
  • New Heights (2011)



  1. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason "Ky-Mani Marley Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-02-15

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