Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley, a reggae singer-songwriter and grandson of Bob Marley, was discovered lifeless in Miami-Dade County on Dec. 26, in response to studies.
A Marley consultant confirmed his dying to Rolling Stone on Tuesday. Marley was 31.
Marley’s dying was first reported by Jamaican broadcast journalist Abka Fitz-Henley, who mentioned Marley had been discovered unresponsive inside a automobile. An official reason behind dying has not been launched.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Jo Mersa Marley, the son of Stephen Marley, was one in all many within the household to observe Bob Marley’s path as a musical artist. Rising up, Marley carried out along with his household’s band, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, becoming a member of them onstage as a toddler. Ziggy Marley is his uncle.
Whereas nonetheless an adolescent and after having moved to Miami, Jo Mersa Marley launched his first single, dancehall monitor “My Girl,” along with his cousin Daniel Bambaata Marley, Ziggy Marley’s son.
His first solo album, “Comfortable,” was launched in 2014. In 2019, Jo Mersa Marley, alongside his brother, Yohan Marley, dropped maybe his most memorable single, political anthem “Burn It Down,” with a rousing, contagious hook.
“I am one of the new generation of Marleys, but I am still experimenting at the same time,” Marley advised Rolling Stone in 2014 shortly after the discharge of his first album. “My plan is to do something new with my roots.”
Ali Campbell, an English musical artist and former lead man of reggae band UB40, hung out with Marley whereas on a latest U.S. tour. Campbell mentioned he was “absolutely shocked to the core” by the dying of Marley, whom he known as “a delightful young man” and “a real Marley to the core.”
Jamaican politician Mark Golding additionally commented on Marley’s dying. “I’ve just learned of the tragic loss of Joseph ‘Jo Mersa’ Marley,” mentioned the opposition chief and president of the Folks’s Nationwide Social gathering. “The loss of a child is a devastating blow no parent should face, my condolences to Stephen & the entire family.”
Olivia Grange, a member of Jamaica’s Parliament and minister of tradition, gender, leisure and sport, mentioned she was “deeply saddened” by the information of Marley’s dying, calling it “a huge loss to the music as we look to the next generation.”
She shared a video of Marley performing in Might at a Sixtieth-anniversary celebration of Jamaica’s independence in Miramar, Fla.
“As a young individual and still an upcoming and aspiring artist, I want to pay my respects to the legends in our circle,” Marley mentioned to the viewers, pointing to different artists who had joined him onstage.
“If you don’t know your past, you don’t know your future,” Marley mentioned, earlier than launching into a canopy of “One Love.”