Bob Marley's Son Pens Memoir
Mon, 29 Nov 2010 13:03:15
Ky-Mani Marley, the son of Bob Marley, lost his reggae superstar father when he was just five, but nearly 30 years later, "Dad" still looms large in his life, and you can read all about it in Ky-Mani’s new memoir, Dear Dad, published via Farrah Gray Publishing.
"I told my story from my heart and soul. After writing the book and reading over the first edit, I didn't realize some of the stuff I had bottled up inside of me. So this book, for me, became therapy," Ky-Mani said in a statement. “If I was to follow in my father's footsteps, then what would they say? 'Oh, he's trying to be like his dad.' Then if I take a different path, they say, 'He's supposed to be like his father.' So you can't please everybody. I just have to be true to myself and true to my art and do what comes naturally to me."
Dear Dad is an arresting narrative of a son who was locked out of his iconic father’s estate after his death. Ky-Mani and his mother Anita Belnavis left Jamaica for the United States, where he was forced to survive the poverty-stricken, predator-infested streets of one of Miami’s most violent ghettos, Liberty City. Ky-Mani was initially estranged from his siblings and cut off from any financial benefit by the Marley estate executor. Clearly, the author's life has not been all beaches, roses, chillaxing and such!
Struggles strengthen character and the result is Ky-Mani Marley, the man you see today: musician, actor, author, philanthropist and a father himself. He has recorded four studio albums (ranging from reggae to hip-hop), was nominated for a Grammy Award, performed to sellout crowds (one concert was beamed live to 36 countries), and has been cast in several major feature films, including Haven, which starred Bill Paxton and Orlando Bloom. Ky-Mani and his good friend Julian Lennon were jointly named Philanthropist of the Year by Prince Albert II of the Monaco Foundation Better World Awards.
Will you be reading Ky-Mani Marley's book?