Falmouth born Ky-mani Marley is now number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart this week with his sixth album called Maestro. Kym grew up on Peel Street, opposite “Fourteen,” before migrating to Florida. He is the son of Reggae superstar Bob Marley, and former Jamaica and Caribbean Table Tennis champion, Anita Belnavis.
Kym is from two families of achievers. His father’s side is well known, but from his mother’s family, we already stated that his mom was Caribbean champion, but his first cousin Atari Bigby, is a Football pro and Super Bowl winner. His uncle, Richard Henlon (a.k.a. Bumpy), formerly of Calabar High and Wadadah, was one of the best players of his age before he also migrated to Florida. There is no surprise, then at Ky-mani’s success.
The 39-year-old Marley was born in Falmouth, but moved to South Florida as a youngster. His debut album, Like Father, Like Son was released in 1996 by Shang Music.
Marley has had four albums on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. 2000’s The Journey stalled at number seven, while 2001’s Grammy-nominated Many More Roads peaked at number eight. 2007’s Radio topped the chart and stalled at number 38 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart.
Maestro was released by Konfrontation Muzic and has 17 tracks which includes collaborations with Damian Marley, Gentleman, Matisyahu and Kreesha Turner.