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Ky-Mani Marley to promote book in Alameda

Submitted by on 1, April 20, 2010 – 4:50 amNo Comment

Singer, actor and author Ky-Mani Marley – yes, one of those Marleys – is coming to Alameda this coming Thursday, April 22 to promote his new book, “Dear Dad: Where’s the family in our family, today?” and perform his hit song, “Dear Dad.”

Marley, 34, will be at Borders in Alameda Towne Centre, corner of Park and Otis, at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Marley may be the son of the late reggae great Bob Marley, but he grew up without the trappings afforded the progeny of such music royalty. The product of an extramarital affair between Bob Marley and Jamaican table tennis champ Anita Belnavis, Marley was 4 when his father died. He moved to Miami when he was 7, where he grew up in an impoverished, violent, crack-infested neighborhood – and where, he says, he turned to selling drugs himself to get by.

Marley’s primary focus was sports, not music. But ultimately he followed in his family members’ music footsteps, teaming up with the Fugees’ Pras in 1997 to cover Eddy Grant’s classic “Electric Avenue.” He has released four albums, including the Grammy-nominated “Many More Roads.” He has also starred in a host of films and a Black Entertainment Television reality series, “Living the Life of Marley.”

Marley also runs the Love Over All Foundation, which raises money for youth in his hometown of Falmouth, Jamaica.

His book generated some controversy when it was released in February over fears some of its content it could upset other members of Marley’s family. (The book’s original subtitle was “The story the Marley family apparently doesn’t want you to know.) But the book’s publisher, Farrah Gray, dropped the subtitle, and the book tour is now on track.

The event is free and open to the public.

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