Stephen Marley

The raspy-voiced second son of Bob Marley sang with the Melody Makers from childhood onward, but made his deepest mark as a producer bringing hip hop into the fold of his father's legacy and vice versa—most spectacularly on brother Damian Marley's recent albums, including last year's essential collaboration with Nas, Distant Relatives. Stephen Marley's own albums have gone somewhat overlooked by comparison, but yield many riches, with the same sophisticated breadth of Jamaican styles, roots to dancehall, absorbed into an edgy R&B-inflected reggae. The new Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life emphasizes the one-drop and acoustic-orchestral side of things (check out "Now I Know") while still making room for dub, ragga, and his many famous brothers. 18+. (Photo by David Koppe)
Wed., June 29, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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