Ky-Mani Marley (born 26 February 1976) is a Jamaican reggae and hip-hop artist. His name is of East African origin, and means “Adventurous Traveler”. He is the only child of Bob Marley with Anita Belnavis, a Jamaican table tennis champion.
Ky-Mani was born in Falmouth, Jamaica, but at the age of nine, he relocated to the inner-city of Miami . During his youth, Ky-Mani was unaware of his musical abilities, sports being his first love. 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 an athlete, competing in soccer and American 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. Ky-Mani soon began experimenting with laying tracks, at times with his brothers, Stephen, Julian and Damian.
Marley became the subject of a 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”.
Marley’s next recording was the 2000 release, The Journey. In 2001, he released his third studio album Many More Roads. He then went on tour and in 2004 and released his fourth studio album, Milestone. In 2007, he released Radio. His new album titled Maestro was released on June 30, 2015.
Marley’s acting work included lead roles in the Jamaican films Shottas and One Love.