We were first introduced to Ky-Mani Marley when he played “Biggs” in the underground Jamaican film Shottas. The singer starred alongside Spragga Benz, Paul Campbell and Wyclef Jean in what has become one of Jamaica’s most popular cult classics. As Marley has distanced himself from the shoot em up film and his “Biggs” persona, his musical talent has begun to shine.
This summer, Marley released his sixth studio album “Maestro.” The album is a showcase of his poetic lyrical style, giving listeners his conscious edge that can be described as a feeling of spiritual uprising. As reggae does, as Marley’s do. With over a dozen tracks, some stand out songs boast sentiments of Marley’s romantic side. The album also has some great guest spots, featuring the likes of Gentleman, Matisyahu and Damian Marley.
One distinguishable trait of “Maestro” is its eclectic production. At times, songs such as “We Are” move away from the reggae sound and enter a more worldly music territory. That movement and the sound it creates, is what makes this album shine.
Marley will be performing in the Santa Monica mountains this weekend at the sixth annual Reggae on the Mountain stage show. Plus, listen to our favorite song off “Maestro,” the single “We Are” featuring Gentleman and Matisyahu.
Featured image courtesy of @kymanimarley on Instagram.