Stephen Marley’s Fruit of Life Tour Opens in St Petersburg at Jannus Live

Posted on Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 3:42 pm
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Stephen Marley’s Fruit of Life Tour – Opening Night

DSCF0001Jannus Live, downtown St. Petersburg, FL is the stage in which Stephen Marley and his Ghetto Youth International, chose to open their tour. The Fruit of Life Tour.  The open-air venue was the perfect choice. The concert opened with an energy-filled performance by Jo Mersa Marley. Jo Mersa is the second generation offspring of reggae legend, Bob Marley and eldest son of Stephen Marley. In the same tradition as his father and grandfather, Jo Mersa’s music has been deeply influenced by the reggae culture, family and spirituality.

IMG_20140412_204732380Growing up as a youth in an atmosphere filled with conscious musicians, Mersa naturally began exploring his own musical journey. During his impressionable years, the musical youth would observe his father and uncles Damian Marley and Julian Marley produce music at the Lion’s Den studio in Miami, which was the catalyst to Jo becoming an accomplished, self-taught musician, perfecting the craft of how to build his own beats and riddims.

IMG_20140412_205911123The next entertainer to take the stage was Wayne Marshall. For those who don’t know Marshall, he is a Dancehall/Reggae artist from Kingston, Jamaica. Marshall is also a member of the Ghetto Youth International. Marshall brought an amazing level of energy to the stage. Marshall’s newest project, an EP entitled, Tru Colours was released earlier this year. Damian “Jr Gong” Marley produced the album, so it is sure to be a hit.

Concluding this amazing night of Reggae was the headliner, Stephen “Raggamuffin” Marley. Stephen is a five-time Grammy award winner as an artist, producer, and member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers. He is the son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley. His 2011 album Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2012.The follow-up, Revelation Pt. 2 – The Fruit of Life is due for release in Summer 2014.

IMG_20140412_221842224The second son of Bob and Rita Marley, Stephen was born on April 20, 1972; he began his career as a precocious six-year old singing, dancing and playing percussion with his siblings in the group The Melody Makers whose first single “Children Playing In The Streets” was produced by their father in 1979 and released on Tuff Gong, the label founded by Bob in the late 60s. Just like his older brother Ziggy, Stephen acquired his initial studio skills by watching his father. While still a teenager he assisted in the production of The Melody Makers’ albums including their three Best Reggae Album Grammy winners “Conscious Party” (Virgin Records, 1989) “One Bright Day” (Virgin Records, 1990) and “Fallen Is Babylon” (Elektra Entertainment, 1998). In 1993 Ziggy and Stephen founded Ghetto Youths International as a means of controlling their own music and helping upcoming artists. Stephen’s earliest solo production efforts for Ghetto Youths International includes his late grandmother’s (Cedella Booker) album “My Altar”, followed in 1995 by the Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers single “Works To Do” and younger brother Damian’s “10,000 Chariots”. Both singles hit the Jamaican charts and generated much excitement surrounding Stephen’s burgeoning production expertise.

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