joseph the musician ‘Jo Mersa’ Marley, the grandson of Bob Marley and a renowned reggae artist in his own right, has died at the age of 31, The US media reported this Wednesday, December 28. A representative of Jo Mersa Marley, born in Jamaica, confirmed his death to the magazine rolling stonesbut did not detail the cause.
But, according to the radio station WZPP in Miami, where the artist spent much of his life, reported that the body was found in a vehicle after suffering an asthma attack on Tuesday, December 27.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness wrote in a social media post that he was “deeply saddened” by the news of the death and offered his condolences to Marley’s parents, Stephen and Kerry. “My condolences to Joseph’s friends and associates and to the reggae music fraternity and fans around the world,” he added.
Marley released his first album “Comfortable” in 2016, followed by “Eternal” in 2021. In a 2014 interview with the magazine rolling stonesMarley recounted growing up surrounded by musicians, including his father and uncle Ziggy.
“It was magical to see these people come to the house and be able to assist in the development of their work,” he explained at the time. “I would come home and try to do my homework, but I would end up getting distracted and peeking into the study,” he continued.
He also said that despite his musical pedigree, he had wanted to chart his own path. “I am part of the new generation of Marleys but at the same time I experiment,” he told the outlet. “My plan is to do something new with my roots,” he stressed. WZPP reported that Marley is survived by a wife and daughter.
Bunny Wailer, another artist close to Bob Marley, has passed away
His name was Neville Livingston. He was a singer and percussionist, and together with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh he founded The Wailers, the group that made reggae a global phenomenon.
Wailer had had health problems since 2018, and in July 2020 he suffered a second stroke. He was the last survivor of the trio, after Marley died of cancer in 1981 and Tosh was murdered in 1987.
“We remain grateful for the role Bunny Wailer played in the development and popularity of reggae music around the world,” the Minister of Culture said in a press release.. “We remember with great pride how Bunny, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh brought reggae music to all corners of the world.”
Wailer was born on April 10, 1947 in Nine Mile, north of Jamaica. He met Bob Marley when he was a child, and their closeness was such that his father would become the partner of the latter’s mother.
They moved to Trench Town, a neighborhood in Kingston. There they met and were influenced by Joe Higgs -considered by many to be the “father of reggae”- and he encouraged them to join Peter Tosh. “He took time out of his own career to pass on his knowledge of harmonica techniques to us,” Bunny Wailer explained in an interview in 2013. None of the three teenagers had received any musical training.
With information from AFP