Reggae musician Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley, grandson of Bob Marley and son of Stephen Marley, has died at the age of 31.
A representative confirmed his death to Rolling Stone, but the cause was not disclosed.
Born in Jamaica and raised in Miami, Marley followed in his family’s musical footsteps and took the stage with his family’s band, Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers.
He began writing music in middle school and made his musical debut in 2010 with the release of the single “My Girl,” which he collaborated on with his cousin, Daniel Bambaata Marley.
In 2016 he collaborated with his father on a song for his album Revelation Part 2: The Fruit Of Life.
Raised by his musician father, Marley was surrounded by Bob Marley’s other children, including Uncle Ziggy and Aunts Sharon and Cadella.
Jo Mersa Marley spoke in a previous interview with Rolling Stone about how music enveloped his upbringing.
“I came home and tried to do my homework, but I ended up getting distracted and looking at the studio. You would always want to run in and out to see what’s going on,” he said.
Wanting to go his own way, he released his debut album Eternal in 2021. He had studied studio engineering at Miami Dade College.
“I’m part of the new generation of Marleys, but at the same time I’m still experimenting,” he told Rolling Stone. “My plan is to do something new with my roots.”
News of Marley’s death prompted social media tributes, including a post from Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
“My heartfelt condolences go out to Joseph’s friends and staff and to the reggae music fraternity and fans everywhere,” Mr. Holness tweeted. “His untimely death at the young age of 31 is a great loss to music as we look to the next generation.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/reggae-musician-jo-mersa-marley-dies-aged-31-42248971.html Reggae musician Jo Mersa Marley dies aged 31