The Story the Marley Family wants silenced – Son of Reggae Legend Bob Marley, Ky-Mani Pens His Personal, Controversial Memoir, ‘Dear Dad’
Yesterday, Robert Nesta Marley would have been 55, if alive… Dead? He’s worth more than Elvis Presley, dead or alive, as confirmed by South Florida Caribbean News;-
“According to Fortune magazine, the Bob Marley estate generates as much as $600 million, and by 2012, it is expected to generate in excess of $1 Billion – making Bob Marley the richest deceased celebrity.”
With all of this money to command, and Bob’s notorious womanising naturally leading to many children… Would one more son really upset the ganja cart? Ky-Mani Marley makes this contention in a new book set to release close on his (in)famous father’s birthday;-
“…the Marley family is so outraged over the publishing of this memoir they lodged a campaign of intimidation over Ky-Mani Marley as the author of this book, unless the thus far forsaken and ostracized son of Bob Marley rewrites the truth and omits the sometimes harsh realities of his being excluded from the Marley family’s affairs and events, and of intentionally being denied the love and attention enjoyed by the other children. They also demand that he confirm and showcase such distortions during his interviews and the highly awaited book tour.”
Not surprisingly the battle has taken legal connotations;-
“Legal authorities confirm the publisher’s right to pursue a claim of ‘tortious interference’ –a civil action that could possibly deem the Marley estate liable for damages caused by its threats to Marley’s son. Injunctive relief is also being considered.
“‘Family politics can be a straight bitch. It can flow deep. And it can cut deep. You have to understand what I’m calling family politics. It was family politics that gave me all of the growing-up experiences I have detailed in this book,’ said Ky-Mani Marley.”
What exactly is so hidden that causes relatives to turn asunder on each other?
“Ky-Mani grew up estranged from his siblings, and also cut out of any financial gain by Marley’s widow and manager of the Marley Estate. This compelling narrative chronicles young Ky-Mani’s gritty ascent from a bullet-riddled life to the world stages he now commands as a musical artist – a platform he has made on his own, Ky-Mani performs songs of redemption around the world like his famous father did, but has also lived to tell his personal redemptive story.”