MIAMI – Stephen “Ragga” Marley – the eight-time Grammy winner and multi-talented singer/ songwriter/musician/producer – unveils his tour plans for August and September 2015 as well as his latest track “Ghetto Boy” featuring Bounty Killer and Cobra, available May 26, 2015 on iTunes.
The song, which will be featured on Marley’s forthcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, aims to break the cycle of gun violence starting with the youth.
Stephen told Esquire, who premiered the “scorching” track yesterday (May 11), “Why is gun violence happening on a global scale? When, where, and what age does it start? We see the U.S. media addressing it now to a certain degree, but this is happening all over the world, with or without the cameras rolling. We need to get to the root of the problem, starting from the top down to break the cycle.”
LISTEN/POST Stephen “Ragga” Marley “Ghetto Boy” ft. Bounty Killer & Cobra:
During release week, Stephen will release an accompanying visual for “Ghetto Boy,” directed by Shaun Escayg and shot in Jamaica.
In support of Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, Marley will kick off his multi-city tour on August 1 to headline California’s annual festival Reggae On The River. He continues to perform along the Golden Coast, then travels to Europe for a short stint of festival and club dates. He heads back to the United States to tour at the end of August and throughout September. Those dates will be announced this week. Stay tuned.
Stephen “Ragga” Marley is the second eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley. He was raised in Kingston, Jamaica and started singing professionally at seven-years old with his elder siblings Ziggy, Sharon and Cedella as The Melody Makers. He has consecutively landed #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart for all of his solo albums and has earned a total of eight Grammys for Best Reggae Album. He won this accolade as a solo artist for Mind Control, Mind Control Acoustic and Revelation Part I: The Root of Life, as producer for Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s Half Way Tree and Welcome To Jamrock and as a member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers for Conscious Party, One Bright Day and Fallen Is Babylon.
His forthcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, will be released on Ghetto Youths International, his label co-owned with his brothers Damian and Julian. The album is the second installment in a two part series, following Revelation Part I: The Root of Life (2012). Whereas The Root of Life is a celebration and preservation of roots reggae filled with powerful messages, enriching spirit and live instrumentation, The Fruit of Life will utilize a diversified sonic palette to express the far-reaching impact Jamaican music has had on various genres, especially hip hop.
The new album features a variety of guest collaborations with Rick Ross, Pitbull, Waka Flocka, Dead Prez, Rakim, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Black Thought (of The Roots), Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Capleton, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Ky-mani Marley, Jo Mersa and more. In 2014, Stephen toured the U.S. throughout the spring with Ghetto Youths International crew and the summer with Slightly Stoopid and his son Jo Mersa. He is also the face of John Varvatos’ Spring 2015 fashion campaign, along with his older brother Ziggy Marley.
Sat. Aug 01 in Garberville, CA @ Reggae On the River 2015
Sun. Aug 02 in Avila Beach, CA @ Avila Beach Amphitheater
Mon. Aug 03 in Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Tue.Aug 04 in Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Fri. Aug 07 in Landerneau, France @ Esplanade De Le Petite Palud
Sat. Aug 08 in Bordeaux, France @ Reggae Sun Ska Festival
Sun. Aug 09 in Lokeren, Belgium @ Lokerse Festival
Tue. Aug 11 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Melkweg (The Max)
Fri. Aug 14 in Winchester, UK @ Boomtown Festival
Sun. Aug 16 in Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl ^
^ w/ Ziggy Marley
MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED