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Jamaican Reggae, Inscribed on Intangible Heritage of Humanity Representative List

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, meeting in Mauritius until 1 December, inscribed reggae on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Representative List seeks to enhance visibility for the traditions and know-how of communities without recognizing standards of excellence or exclusivity.

Originating within the cultural space of marginalized groups, mainly in Western Kingston, the Reggae Music of Jamaica combines musical influences from earlier Jamaican forms as well as Caribbean, North American and Latin strains. Its basic functions as a vehicle of social commentary, as a cathartic experience, and means of praising God remain unchanged, and the music continues to provide a voice for all.

Students are taught how to play it from an early age, and festivals and concerts are central to ensuring its viability.

headline photo: Ky-Mani Marley in performance at the One Love Reggae concert celebrating legend and father Bob Marley – Photo by Steve James, © Semiyah Photography, 2016


Artist Profiles: Ky-Mani Marley

Ky-Mani Marley

Ky-Mani Marley is the only child of table tennis champion Anita Belnavis and reggae icon Bob Marley. He was born in Falmouth, Jamaica. His East African name means Adventurous Traveler.

At the age of nine Ky-Mani relocated to the inner-city of Miami. In the beginning, Ky-Mani was unaware of his musical abilities, sports being his first love, but 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 competed in soccer and football.

As a teenager Ky-Mani started rapping and deejaying; his first single was entitled 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. The decision to actually get into the entertainment world loomed over him because of his fathers legacy. Ky-Mani soon began laying tracks- experimenting and creating, at times with his brothers Stephen, Julian and Damian.

Ky-Mani signed to Shang Records where he recorded several singles, the first being Judge Not with Patra, followed by Dear Dad as well as Who The Cap Fit (remix) and Sensimelia, all of which added to his growing reputation as a master in the new generation of reggae musicians.

In 1997, Ky-Mani joined forces with Praswell (Fugees) on a hit cover of Eddy Grant’s Electric Avenue. The extent of his star power became abundantly clear when Ky-Mani took the stage at Midem (international music showcase), which was held in Miami for the first time. Catering to an international audience in the filled to capacity Cameo Theatre, Ky-Mani delivered an explosive set which aired live by CANA (Caribbean News Agency) to thirty-six countries.

Ky-Mani immediately became the subject of an intense label bidding war. Ky-Mani 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 (Senseless Soundtrack, which went Gold in Africa). Both collaborations helped to establish Ky-Mani outside his tight knit reggae community.

Ky-Mani’s willingness to embrace all genres of music is quite evident in The Journey released in 1999. From the Spanish guitar, which introduces RudeBoy, to the lover rock flow of Fell In Love, the deeply spiritual Lord Is My Shepard or the rock steady tribute Dear Dad, Ky-mani brings songs of universal themes laced with a personal insight and passion.

Fulfilling his name adventurous traveler branching out from his music, Ky-Mani Marley has also made a name for himself as an actor playing the lead role in the number one underground movie coming out of Jamaica Shottas directed by Cess Silvera, co-starring Spragga Benz and Paul Campbell. Displaying his diversification and talent playing the role of a bad man in Shottas, Ky-mani Marley then went on to play the lead Kassa with co-star Cherine Anderson in One Love a romantic comedy infused with the music and culture of Jamaica.


Like Father Like Son ‎(Rhino Records, 1996)
The Journey (Shang Muzik, 1999)
Many More Roads (Artists Only! Records, 2001)
Milestone ‎(Big Cat, 2003)
Radio ‎(AAO Music, 2007)
Maestro (Konfrontation Muzic, 2015)
Conversations (Island Records, 2016)


Inaugural “One Love World Peace Fusion Festival & Expo” in New York State


The Inaugural One Love World Peace Fusion Festival & Expo will take place June 22-24th at the historical, lush grounds of the Gelston Castle Estate in Mohawk, New York. The new three-day event will feature music and art. The festival is presented by Nakisaki Organic Farms and The Green Kingdom.

The festival includes roots-reggae, rock, country, bluegrass, hillbilly, funk, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, soca, calypso, chutney and Bollywood acts, as well as Rastafarian Nyabinghi Drummers. The event begins daily at noon and will benefit the Jamaica Cultural Alliance.


Ky-Mani Marley


The artists scheduled to perform include Ky-Mani Marley, Rusted Roots, Floodwood, Yes Darling (Ryan Montbleau & Haley Jane), Rusted Roots, Slug, Fulton Chain Gang, The Bomb, The Mighty Mystics Band (since 1965), Denroy Morgan & The Black Eagles Band, Adlib Steel Orchestra, Chris James & Mamma G Band, Brokedown Hustlers, Grit and Grace, Clarence D & The Wrench, BarRoom Philosophers, Astro Collectives, The Stan Primo Project, Caution, Mutt Farm, Deadbolts and Love Bone, Adrian Dutrin,Thriller U, Nateesha Stream, Ras Droppa, I Carl, Virginia Star, Boogie Low, Dance Master, and DJ Rekha.

The three-day event will host the world’s largest known drumming circle, led by Nyabinghi Word Sound and Power Drummers, which will stream, along with mainstage performances at no charge on JamRoc.TV. The drumming circle is inspired for a “Drum for World Peace” movement.

The event will also host a One Love World Peace Bob Marley Tribute, led and performed by the son of Bob Marley, Ky-Mani Marley.

The grounds is centrally located in Central New York’s Village of Mohawk, 81 miles West of Albany and 66 miles East of Syracuse.

More information at onelovefusionfest.com.


The Marley Brothers to Perform Together at Kaya Fest in Miami

Kaya Fest, an all-day musical event, will take place April 22 in Miami at Bayfront Park Amphitheater. The headliners are The Marleys: Ziggy, Damian, Stephen, Ky Mani with special guest Miss Lauryn Hill. Also performing are Sean Paul, Wycleff Jean, Inner Circle, Jo Mersa Marley, Skip Marley, Shacia Payne, and more to be announced.

In addition to great reggae music, Kaya Fest will focus on creating public awareness on the many uses of the cannabis plant. On April 21st the organizers have scheduled a free symposium with a panel of experts in the field of medical and industrial cannabis as well as the regulation aspects of the plant.

Medical Cannabis has recently been legalized in the state of Florida. The many health benefits of the cannabis plant have been reported to include treatment of glaucoma, control epileptic seizures, stop cancer from spreading, slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease, ease pain of multiple sclerosis, discomfort of arthritis, treatment of Lupus and Crohn’s disease.

Bayfront Park Amphitheater
301 North Biscayne Blvd, Downtown, Miami
Gates: Open 1:00pm

More at http://kayafestivals.com