Artiste announces latest work in the same month as Dad’s death
Bob Marley died 30 years ago today. His son, Stephen Marley, has been carrying on the name and tradition of the reggae icon and is announcing the forthcoming release of a new solo studio album entitled, Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life.
The album is due to hit the streets on Universal Records/Ghetto Youths International, Inc on May 24.
Later this year, the five-time Grammy Award-winning producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist plans to release a follow-up to the Root of Life album.
Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life will lean more towards what Marley describes as an “eclectic feel”.
While Stephen Marley has built a formidable reputation handily navigating between genres, Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life marks a return to his roots-reggae foundation.
Jah Army, the first single from Revelation Part 1 is a timeless, dub-tinged Rastafarian anthem, which also features his brother, Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley.
Written and produced by Stephen Marley, the Marley brothers recorded Jah Army at Tuff Gong studios in Kingston, Jamaica, and the Lion’s Den in Miami, Florida.
The single already set off a media frenzy when a few versions – including a version with vocals by the Marley brothers alongside Buju Banton and a remix version, which is complete with a selection from a classic Biggie Smalls freestyle -surfaced online in December of 2010.
Giving fans a taste of what to expect from Revelation Part 1, Stephen Marley recently released a follow-up track to Jah Army, titled No Cigarette Smoking.
The sultry cut features the smoky vocals of Guyanese-Canadian singer Melanie Fiona and has made its debut at number one on the Reggae iTunes charts.
This summer, Stephen Marley will embark on the Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life tour. Fans can anticipate Stephen Marley to announce additional tour dates and special guests which will be joining him on stage throughout 2011.
A US$1 donation to the Ghetto Youths Foundation will be included in each Root of Life tour ticket price.
In addition, Marley’s Mellow Mood has been added as one of the sponsors of the tour.
Marley’s Mellow Mood, created with the family of Bob Marley, has become one of the beverage industry’s breakout hits of the year. A portion of all sales benefits 1Love.org, the Marley family’s non-profit initiative, which supports charities that empower youth, protect the planet and promote peace.
Jah Army and No Cigarette Smoking are currently available for purchase at www.itunes.com.
A catalogue of releases and more information on Ghetto Youths International, Inc can be found by visiting www.ghettoyouths.com.