Stephen Marley Highlights Cannabis Culture at Kaya Fest
At 44 years old, Stephen is now older than his father lived to be, and he’s settled comfortably into the family legacy. Since starting out with the family band the Melody Makers, he’s had a decades-long career working both as a solo artist and behind the scenes as a producer and featured player. Most recently, he was on a track with fellow Miamian Pitbull called “Options.”
His latest project is Kaya Fest, a reggae festival in Bayfront Park featuring performances by island favorites such as Sean Paul, Lauryn Hill, and Inner Circle. Along with the entertainment, however, will be an exhibition about cannabis culture. A free symposium on marijuana education is scheduled for Friday, April 21, the day before the festival and the day after Marley’s birthday (which just so happens to take place on 4/20). It’s this aspect of the event that he’s most excited about, and he hopes it will help change the misconceptions some people have about the plant.
Most attendees, however, will likely be there for the main event: All five of the musical Marley brothers – Stephen, Ziggy, Julian, Damian, and Ky-Mani – will take the stage together for the first time in two decades. According to Stephen, the second-eldest brother, it wasn’t due to any familial strife that the five failed to perform together for so long. It was more about scheduling.