New York, NY -- The emergence of musician and film actor Ky-mani Marley comes to television as he stars in his own reality show, “Living The Life Of Marley,” which debuts on BET J on Friday, October 26. The series follows the second-youngest son of musical icon Bob Marley as he prepares for the release of his hit new album, Radio, reprises his starring film role as “Biggs” in the upcoming sequel to the critically-acclaimed cult favorite movie “Shottas,” and hits concert stages for the dynamic and captivating performances that have helped make Marley a quickly-rising pop star and won him the prestigious opening slot on the headline-making North American tour by Van Halen with David Lee Roth.
Meanwhile, Radio continues to hold the #1 slot on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums chart for two weeks running. It topped the chart week of release, ironically unseating his father’s Best Of collection that had held the top slot for a number of preceding weeks. The video for his song “One Time” has also just been added to the playlist of VH1 Soul.
“Living The Life Of Marley” is indeed a “reality” series, showing Marley in his home base of Miami, where the Jamaica-born son of Bob Marley and table tennis champion Anita Belnavis moved to when he was nine years old. “"The show touches a little bit on how I was raised in the inner-city ghetto,” explains Ky-mani. “I was growing up in a two-bedroom place with nine people. It explains a bit of why I am the way I am, the way I am musically. I have a lot to talk about. It exposed being a Marley, that we are normal as everyone else. We have a great legacy to carry on and a loving family."
Radio features the single “One Time” as well as the track “I’m Back” with guest Young Buck and contributions from such other artists as Mya and Gail Gotti. The album’s key tracks also include two mixes of his antiwar anthem “The March.” Ky-mani Marley is the first major artist signed to the new independent label Vox Music Group, distributed by AAO Music.
Marley is already finding favor with the fervent Van Halen fans opening for the legendary rock band. “The opening night crowd in Charlotte dug him,” notes the Charlotte News of his debut set on the tour, which earned Marley a standing ovation. USA Today also proclaimed, “he flashed his own charismatic side by enthralling the crowd with The March, a hip-hop/reggae hybrid song from his new album, Radio...”
“I've played in front of big crowds before, but to be able to share the stage with Van Halen, that's where the big honor comes in,” Marley says. “It gives me a platform to play some music that a lot of people don't know I have, and the reception is overwhelming. Roth was at my dressing room telling me how good it was.”
“Living The Life Of Marley” premieres on BET J on Friday, October 26 at 10 PM. The debut episode also airs Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 and 8:00 PM, Tuesday, October 30 at 3:00 AM, Wednesday, October 31 at 10:30 PM and Thursday, November 1 at 2:00 PM (check local listings to confirm times in your market).
Ky-mani Marley tour dates (opening for Van Halen and headlining club shows and festival appearance):
Oct. 19 Chicago, IL Wild Hare
Oct. 20 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
Oct. 22 Auburn Hills, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
Oct. 24 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Oct. 26 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Oct. 27 Madison, WI Freakfest (festival show)
Oct. 28 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Oct. 30 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
Nov. 01 Washington DC Verizon Center
Nov. 02 Richmond, VA Canal Club (headliner)
Nov. 03 E. Rutherford, NJ Continental Airlines Arena
Nov. 04 New York, NY B.B. King’s Blues Club (headliner)
Nov. 06 Worcester, MA DCU Center
Nov. 08 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
Nov. 09 Portland, ME The Station (headliner)
Nov. 11 Northampton, MA Pearl Street (headliner)
Nov. 13 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Nov. 20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Nov. 23 Glendale, AZ Jobing.Com Arena
Nov. 25 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
Nov. 27 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena
Nov. 29 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Dec. 01 Portland, OR Rose Garden
Dec. 03 Seattle, WA Key Arena
Dec. 05 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
Dec. 07 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
Dec. 09 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Dec. 14 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Dec. 16 San Jose, CA HP Pavillion
Dec. 18 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Dec. 20 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Dec. 22 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Dec. 28 & 30 Las Vegas, NV Grand Hotel