Ky-Mani Marley (musician)
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.
Ky-Mani Marley headline the February 10 Reggae Beachfest in Dubai to mark his father’s 72nd birthday.
Dubai International Marine Club, promoter Kenya Don told the Sunday Observer. It is the fourth staging of the event which celebrates the work of Bob Marley, who was born on February 6, 1945 and died May 11, 1981.
“Dubai is growing as the multicultural destination, and our motto is to unite multiple cultures through music, food and entertainment,” read a release from organizers of Reggae Beachfest.
Since promoting his first reggae show in Dubai in 2002, the Kenya-born Kenya Don has followed up with similar events, including Jamaica Independence Party.
The shows feature mainly dancehall acts such as Cecile, Wayne Wonder, Dawn Penn and Tanto Metro and Devonte.
Over 2,000 West Indians live in Dubai, which is part of the United Arab Emirates. Many work in the airline industry.