This was not the best written book but I fell in love with it because it gave a real life account of Kymani's life. It also gave great insight into Bob Marley;s life, this was more like the untold story - airing the family's dirty laundry. The book also manages to show a little of Bob's softer side by revealing his chance meeting, relentless pursuit and resulting love affair with Jamaica's table tennis champion Anita Belnavis (Kymani's Mother).
Kymani talks about his short lived relationship with Bob, Marley lost his life when Kymani was still a toddler. Kymani reveals in great detail his life of poverty in Falmouth, Jamaica. Later emigrating to the US to a worse fate, settling in the inner city slums of Miami. He hints at the resentment he felt from Rita Marley and some of this other siblings (specific names of these siblings were not revealed). Amazingly, Bob's son exposes his interaction with neighborhood crack houses and his personal encounter with the law. I guess his character in "Shotta's" was not all fiction. This book is good because it appears to be an honest account of life as the son of the great Bob Marley.
About the AuthorKymani Marley (born February 26, 1976) is a Jamaican reggae and hip-hop artist. His name is of East African origin, and means "Adventurous Traveler". He is the only child of Bob Marley with Anita Belnavis, a Jamaican table tennis champion
The tenth son of legendary reggae icon Bob Marley, Ky-Mani Marley discovered his musical talents late in life, rising to become an international music artist and film actor. Ky-Mani has not only written and performed songs of redemption around the world, like his famous father, but has lived and survived to recant his own personally redemptive story in the face of some very stark urban realities unbefitting any human, let alone a 'Marley.'
Dear Dad, is an arresting narrative of a son locked out of his iconic father’s shelter for the first half of his life and forced to survive the poverty-stricken, predator-infested streets of one of Miami’s most violent ghettos, Liberty City. Initially estranged from his siblings and cut off from any financial benefit of the Marley Estate, young Ky-Mani’s gritty ascent from a bullet-riddled life to the world stages he now commands as a Grammy-nominated recording artist are chronicled in this gripping biography.
Today a dedicated father and family man traveling to all corners of the world, performing no less than 100 shows per year, Marley knew he¹d reached a plateau of transformation in his life when he was named 'Philanthropist of the Year' by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Better World Awards.
His life is truly a 'redemption song.'
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