Son of Bob Marley Isn’t Just Blowing
Ky-Mani’s New Memoir, ‘Dear Dad,’ Hits Heart
LAS VEAGAS, October 24, 2010 – Time Magazine
called Bob Marley the Artist of the
20th Century, but to Ky-Mani Marley
he is “Dad.” The reggae superstar
died when Ky-Mani was just 5, but nearly 30
years later, Marley still looms large in his
life, as seen in Ky-Mani’s new memoir, “Dear
Dad” (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. “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.
From that crucible came the Ky-Mani Marley
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.
Some of Bob Marley’s words echo through the
years with new meaning for Ky-Mani: “The
harder the battle, the sweet of jah victory”
… “One good thing about music, when it hits,
you feel no pain” … “Don’t forget your
history nor your destiny.”
“Dear Dad” is available online and in
bookstores everywhere. For additional
information visit the website
BBC: "Fascinating book."
Washington Post: “....an arresting narrative
about life as the exiled child of a musical
and social icon.”
AOL: “...an absorbing read.”
Miami Herald: "The book details Marley's
complicated relationship with his
half-brothers and -sisters, some of whom
enjoyed lavish lifestyles."
USA Today: "Ky-Mani Marley incurred favor
with the crowd..."
Fortune Magazine: Richest dead celebrity:
Bob Marley (2009)