Marley Family Comes Together for Kaya Festival in Southern California

Bob Marley
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Bob Marley performs live on stage with the Wailers in Voorburg, Holland in 1976.

Stephen, Ziggy, Damian, Julian and Ky-Mani are planning a family set at the two-day event, honoring Bob Marley.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley's Kaya album, Marley's sons are coming together with Fruit of Life Productions and OneRise Entertainment for Kaya Fest, a two-day all ages festival and summit to be held April 28 and 29 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California.

Organizers are calling the event "a one-of-a-kind socially conscious music and awareness experience that fosters unity, one love and peace amongst people from all over the world"

Marley's sons Stephen, Ziggy, Damian, Julian and Ky-Mani will perform together for the first time in a decade on April 28, followed the next day with a special acoustic set by Stephen Marley of the Kaya album.

Released in 1978, Kaya featured such Wailers classics as "Is This Love?" and "Sun Is Shining," and spent 17 weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart, peaking at No. 50. The album's release came at the same time as the historic One Love Peace Concert, which celebrated Marley's return to Jamaica after being exiled to London.

Also performing at Kaya is Ms. Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill, Action Bronson, Toots and Maytals, SOJA and more. Tickets start at $65 for a one-day pass, or $125 for a two-day pass. The festival was founded last year by Stephen Marley in Miami and was moved to California this year which is seeing a rapid growth in the cannabis industry following legalization in the state in 2016.

"We're always willing to come to California, whether ganja was legalized or not, we would come," Stephen Marley tells Billboard. "California is the type of place that it is, and so I think it's only right that our movement comes in the midst of this movement." 

"The vibe of Kaya is cannabis and music," he continues. "That's where you find, say, ones who align with that cause."

There will be a cannabis symposium at the event, focusing on the benefits of medical marijuana, and breakthroughs with products like Cannabidiol, as well as health sessions and wellness workshops. "It's an educate-yourself thing. Knowledge, you know," Stephen Marley says. "Get doctrine and learn different things. A lot of people don't know but there is real, real testimony. Real, real life-changing things are happening from this plant."

The festival will also include Kaya Village, featuring artists and craft vendors from around the world, and early morning yoga sessions prior to the festival. Kaya Festival will also feature performances by Bob Marley's grandkids including Skip, Jo Mersa, Bambaata and Shacia Payne.

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