7 Things You Need to Know About Stephen Marley
January 4, 2018
Other than being the son of Bob Marley, of course. For anyone who knows music, the surname ‘Marley’ is sacred. You don’t need to be a reggae expert to know the name Bob Marley and you don’t need to be from Jamaica to understand its roots in love, community, and happiness. But have you ever taken a deeper look into the interesting lives of Marley’s sons? Most notably, Stephen Marley? Given the snuggle weather, we took a dive and we’re glad we did.
He’s Been Singing Since 6 Years Old.
Although most of Bob Marley’s children have been musically-inclinded, it’s not surprising that Stephen would start so young. He was featured on “Children Playing in the Streets” in 1979 at the age of 6.
He’s a philanthropist.
Royalties from his first song, were donated to the United Nations Children’s Fund. The song was recorded in 1979 featuring his siblings Sharon, Cedella and Ziggy.
He’s worked with the Talking Heads.
Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers (for which Stephen played drums and guitar) released Conscious Party in 1988, produced by Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads.
Thank him for “Welcome to Jamrock.”
When we think of Bob Marley’s children, it’s hard not to start singing Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s classic “Welcome to Jamrock” immediately. Well, Stephen produced the track so thank him for it.
He’s a GRAMMY king.
With eight GRAMMY awards, Stephen Marley has the record for the most wins out of his brothers. Damian Marley has three, and Ziggy has a cool five.
He’s a genre-breaker.
Did you know that in 2009, Stephen Marley toured with Snoop Dogg and Slightly Stoopid on their Blazed and Confused Tour? Some interesting hangs happened there…
He’s Playing with Nu Deco Ensemble this month.
That’s right! On January 25th, Stephen Marley is coming to the North Beach Bandshell to perform with Miami’s own genre-breakers, Nu Deco Ensemble for a once-in-a-lifetime show. He’ll be joining Danay Suarez and El B as the night’s special guests. Get your tickets here.