Real Talk: Jo Mersa Marley sums up the music business


June 02, 2016
Jo Mersa Marley
Errol Crosby Jo Mersa Marley, grandson of Bob Marley.
Errol Crosby Jo Mersa Marley looks at the murial of the Marley's generation at the Bob Marley Museum.

This week, I wrap up my interview with Jo Mersa Marley. Last week, we got personal, so this week, we discuss business. His music is his business.

Renee: Who are some of the persons that you look up to in the music business?

Jo Mersa Marley: I have nuff persons that I look up to in the industry. From my family members to nuff legends and icons of dancehall and reggae and nuff other genres. Ninja Man, Super Cat, Shabba Ranks, Coco Tea, Beres Hammond, Jah Cure, Sizzla Kalonji, nuff nuff artiste. Me look up to many artistes.

Renee: If I were to peruse your playlist now, who are some of the persons I would find on it?

Jo Mersa Marley: Super Cat, Professor Nuts, it would have some Chronixx, Popcaan, Nichodemus, Queen Ifrica, Kelissa. I have a whole heapa artiste on my playlist.

Renee: If you could perform with someone from the past, who would that be?

Jo Mersa Marley: That hard enuh. A nuff people me woulda perform wid. To be quite honest, more than likely, my grandfather. I would've performed with him. It is such a transcending moment for I, the first time I even performed with my father, then with my uncle Damian, then touch the stage with uncle Ziggy and uncle Ky-Mani and uncle Julian. It is a very magical moment man. So I would've wanted to experience that moment with grandpa as well, the same way I experienced it with grandma Rita. I would love to experience that.

Renee: If not music, what other career path would you have taken?

Jo Mersa Marley: Maybe a lawyer. Somehow, I would still have to be fighting a good fight.

Renee: What is your greatest achievement to date?

Jo Mersa Marley: My first born child that is my greatest achievement.

Renee: What do you think is the best thing about being a Marley?

Jo Mersa Marley: The best thing about being a Marley ... the best thing in general is life so I just give thanks for life.

Yes indeed, we have to give thanks for life. It's on that note, that I say, peace out. June is 'shaping' up nicely. We have some interesting guests, but until next time, keep it real.

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