When it comes to music, the Marley family has been making melodies for decades. They’re known for reggae, but there’s some new music out — and this time, their beats are bringing together other soulful sounds.
Music is in Stephen Marley’s blood.
Stephen Marley: “It’s a natural thing for me. Music is what I do naturally.”
Stephen is the son of reggae superstar, Bob Marley. For the Marley’s, music is the family business.
Stephen Marley: “Coming from a musical family is where that came from. It’s in my DNA.”
Now the six-time Grammy winner is out with his fourth solo album.
Stephen Marley: “The new album is called ‘The Fruit of Life Revelation, Pt. II.’ It’s the second part of a two-part series.”
“Revelation Pt. I” came out in 2011 and Pt. II debuted at number one on the reggae charts last month.
Stephen Marley: “Pt. I was called ‘Root of Life,’ which was paying homage to my root. Musically is reggae music, Pt. II is called ‘Fruit of Life,’ which branches out of root. A more eclectic record.”
For part two — Stephen took his inspiration from different musical genres and different musicians.
Stephen Marley: “Just being a fan of music in general is what inspired me. At the same time, trying to cross boundaries and shedding a light in different music of different areas.”
Musicians like Bounty Killer, Cobra, and Waka Flaka are on Marley’s latest.
Stephen Marley: “Waka Flaka is a good youth, good person.”
And the sound on “Pt. II” fuses reggae with electronic music, jazz and hip hop.
Stephen Marley: “There is a lot of hip hop on the record. There is a lot of feel good music.”
Stephen hopes his music can help bring people together.
Stephen Marley: “Music crosses boundaries and music has the power to unite people.”
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