Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Stephen Marley

Stephen Robert Nesta "Raggamuffin" Marley was born on April 20, 1972, to reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley in Wilmington, Delaware. Stephen was raised in Kingston, Jamaica. Stephen grew up in a very artistic and talented family. At the age of 8 he took lead vocals on "Sugar Pie", which he also performed live at the 1982 Jamaica World Music Festival in Montego Bay. Stephen was featured on the single "Jah Is The Healing" in 1985. Stephen and Damian Marley got together and put out an album called “Educated Fools”, they called their group the Marley Boyz that was in 2003. Stephen is artist and producer, in 2005 he produce his little brother Damien’s album “Welcome to Jamrock”. In 2007 Stephen released his debut album “Mind Control”. In 2009 he went on tour with Snoop Dogg and Slightly Stoopid as part of the Blazed and Confused 2009 Tour. I liked several songs from “Mind Control” album "Woman I Love You", "Someone to Love", "The Traffic Jam", "Hey Baby" (featuring Mos Def), "Chase Dem", "Iron Bars" and "Lonely Avenue". Stephen released a single “Jah Army" in 2010, featuring his brother Damian "Junior Gong" Marley. In 2012 Stephen Marley won a Grammy for Best Reggae album "Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life." The songs that I like off this album are "Made In Africa", "Pale Moonlight (How Many Times)", "Break Us Apart (featuring Capleton)”, "Jah Army (featuring Damian Marley & Buju Banton)” "No Cigarette Smoking (featuring Melanie Fiona)” and "False Friends" Stephen Marley has performed on a number of songs of other artist like, The Fugees "No Woman No Cry", Michael Franti "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)", Krayzie Bone "Revolution", Erykah Badu "In Love With You", Buju Banton "Poor Old Man", Eve "No No No", Mr. Cheeks "Mama Say" and "Till We Meet Again", Inner Circle "Smoke in My Eyes", Capleton "Sunshine Girl", Iqulah "Who Am I", Heath Hunter "Revolution In Paradise (Jamaica Version - Alex White Remix)", Nelly "River Don't Runnn", Camile Velasco "Guava Jelly", Damian Marley "The Mission", Damian Marley and Nas "Leaders" and "In His Own Words".
DJ Michael Ealey told me that years ago he saw the Marley’s in concert and Stephen would always be in the back ground. He would come out front to play the guitar and that was it. I’m so glad he came out to the front. Stephen Marley is so talented. I think he is so such like his father with his deep lyrics. Out of all the Marley brothers, he is my favorite. You can listen to Stephen Marley on Streetwise Radio. You can also listen to Streetwise radio on iTunes, live365, Athena365, MyGen365.

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