What Stephen Marley Learned from Dad: "Do It for the Love and Not the Fame"
Courtesy of With Love PR Stephen Marley
Many musical offspring have faltered under the pressure of trying to live up to the level of greatness once bestowed on their popular progeny. Stephen "Raggamuffin" Marley has refreshingly bucked those odds, and has in fact, become a modern-day legend of reggae music in his own right, and has done so for now more than three decades.
What has been a big influence for the eight-time Grammy Award winner is the lesson imparted by his deceased famous father, the legendary Bob Marley: "Do it for the love and not the fame," Stephen Marley says.
The third child of Bob and Rita Marley, the 42-year-old Stephen Marley has embarked on an American tour that stops at the Mesa Amphitheatre Thursday night and will unveil tracks from his soon-to-be released fourth solo effort Revelation Pt. 2 - The Fruit of Life, the anticipated follow-up to the highly successful Grammy award winning 2011 album, Revelation Pt. 1 - The Root of Life.
He will be joining Slightly Stoopid and Cypress Hill on the Summer Sessions 2014 Tour. The tour, which also includes NOFX and G. Love & Special Sauce on select dates, began earlier this month in Eugene, Oregon, and wraps up mid-August in Boca Raton, Florida.
No strangers to the live stage, the young "Ragga" and his siblings would dance on stage at their father's shows when they were toddlers. And as if his birth was part of some pre-destiny, it was to accomplish one thing.
"I was born with a mission and purpose to free people's mind and soul with music," Marley explains.
Marley has followed in his father's footsteps in creating a music that applies one basic, central theme of universal love and understanding. Marley has passed that same basic concept on to his son Jo Mersa, an up-and-coming performer himself.
With Revelation Pt. 2 - The Fruit of Life on the family label, Ghetto Youth International, Marley's latest opus has received very favorable pre-release press, as Marley continues to expand the boundaries of hip-hop-influenced reggae. Hypnotic numbers like "Rock Stone," injected with guest vocals from dancehall giant Capleton and prolific reggae artist Sissla Kalonji, and containing and EDM-infused outro, push the album into new sonic territory. And joining Stephen are guest artists such as Rick Ross, Mr. Fugee, Wyclef Jean and Busta Rhymes along with Marley brothers Damien "Jr Gong" and Ky-mani.
When you are as well-respected and known in music circles, it is easy to gather a line-up of celebrity musicians, but why this group, particularly?
"They are all masters of their art and brought different dimensions to the project," replied Marley, who worked with Capelton, Mos Def, Wale, Buju Banton, and Melanie Fiona on Revelation Pt. 1 - the Root of Life.