With his third untitled album near completion, Ky-mani Marley is definitely a star in his own right. On February 26, 1976 Ky-mani was born to the legendary Robert Nesta Marley and Jamaican table tennis champion, Anita Belnavis, in Falmouth, Jamaica. Ky-mani is an East African term meaning adventurous traveler, and as a man living up to his name, each album or travel, is an adventure. His musical voyage began in 1999 with The Journey. With an eclectic vision he searched for his niche, roaming the musical spectrum, exploring his many talents. In 2001, Many More Roads (Grammy-nominated), a “traditional” reggae album was released exposing a more mature Ky-mani. The Journey and Many More Roads were well received worldwide, thus solidifying Ky-mani as an independent “artist”. Ky-Mani’s sound is a mixture of roots reggae overlaid with hip-hop, R&B and contemporary jazz.
In addition to his musical achievements, Ky-mani is well on his way to becoming an accomplished actor. In 2001, 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 never released in theaters; however, the video/DVD circulation 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 that star’s 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 that will begin production in 2004.
He was just five years old when his father died, though the sound of Ky-mani’s voice returns you to a very familiar place. Taking you to a new generation of a past reggae explosion, his message remains the same, “one love, one aim, one destiny”.