Catch Up with Ky-Mani Marley

By: Brent X Mendoza

Thursday, July 21 reggae chart-topper Ky-Mani Marley will bring his world tour to our humble abode here at The Roxy Theatre. Doing his father’s legacy proud, Marley has made quite a dynamic career for himself not only as a musician, but also as an actor, and an internationally recognized humanitarian/human rights advocate.

Currently at work on a brand new double album, Marley is certainly showing no signs of slowing down as he continues to blaze trails in the music world and beyond.

You’re currently working on your fourth studio album. What can we look forward to? How would you say your music has evolved over your career?

My new album Evolution of a Revolution will be a double album, the “Revolution” side of the album will be a follow up to my last album Radio and the “Evolution” side will show how I have evolved.

It will show a somewhat softer side. It will be comprised of more universal music; music that I would like to think speaks to the heart and soul of all. I like to say it will be an album where reggae meets the rest of the world.

As a youth, you were a bit of jock, playing soccer and other sports. Have you been following the Women’s World Cup at all?

Unfortunately being on the road hasn’t allowed me the opportunity to follow Women’s World Cup.

Of all your philanthropic/humanitarian endeavors, which are you most proud of? Can you recall one singular defining moment in your life where you felt like you truly made a difference in the world?

Wow! I can’t recall one particular moment that stands out… but I do think that one thing that did impact me was summer of last year: Through my organization Love Over All Foundation (LOAF), we did some renovations to a school in my hometown of Falmouth, and the parents and most of the community came out to help. I was overwhelmed by the number of people that came out to contribute without having to be asked.

Besides annoying interview questions, what are the drawbacks of being the progeny of reggae royalty?

[Laughter] At times because of my last name people have preconceived notions of who I am or who I should be. I can only be me.

Your film résumé seems to be coming along nicely. Any new projects in the works? Has leaning the craft of acting had any influence at all on your music?

I don’t think acting has influenced my music, but I do have a few scripts that I am reviewing now.


Ky-Mani Marley takes the stage Thursday, July 21 along with Gramps Morgan, Arise Roots, Bodhi Rock, and DJ I & I Sound. Doors open at 8 p.m.