Ky-Mani Marley’s 27-City Tour for “Dear Dad” Book

May 25, 2010

Words by DJ Gravy


Those of us close to the Jamaican music industry had always heard rumors that one of Bob Marley’s sons, Ky-Mani, hadn’t had the privileged upbringing the rest of the Marley kids did–that he grew up in Florida going to public schools; no heir, no fortune.

Now, years later, Ky-Mani has come out with a book entitled, “Dear Dad”, the same name of his biggest hit (a letter he writes to Bob in song). He describes a less then ideal upbringing and claims that Rita Marley (Bob’s widow) denied inheritance moneys from Bob’s children he had with other women.

But, Ky-Mani says the co-writer of the book, Dr. Farrah Gray, added extra conflict and twisted Ky-Mani’s words around to add controversy (and book sales). Ky-Mani refused to do any promotion for the book until the necessary changes were made. While there is a good deal of confusion surrounding this matter, after months of sorting out issues, (including a changed subtitle) it seems they have sorted it out as Ky-Mani is currently touring, doing book signings and performances around the country. You can read Ky-Mani’s statement here.

This afternoon he will appear at a Barnes & Noble in Harlem as part of his 27 city tour, hopefully he can personally shed light on the debate and ultimately honor his father’s tremendous legacy.