Hymn Marley was announced as a co-headliner for the inaugural Labor Day Reggae Splash Festival, happening on September 2nd in Miami at GROwynwood, a pop-up venue dedicated to “having fun while growing your community and your planet.” The event is being presented by Latin-leaning Rhythmic Top 40 radio station Power 96. Other acts on the bill include Southern California pop-reggae band 4th & Orange, reggae legends Inner Circle, and TV-star-turned-reggaeton-songstress Amara La Negra.
Hymn has been making inroads to the reggaeton world himself, with the release of his latest single “You Don’t Even Love Me” aka “YDELM,” which also features the artist’s younger brother Yohan Marley as a guest vocalist. To commemorate the announcement of what will be the young artist’s first live performance, Hymn released a lyric video for the new single, which gives a nod to his grandmother Rita’s Cuban roots.
Speaking with the Jamaica Observer recently from his Miami home, Hymn said the song was originally written on a one-drop reggae rhythm, but a visit to his grandmother’s house changed the project’s trajectory.
“I was in the house one day and saw a picture of an old man and woman that I had never seen before. I kinda recognized his features, as some of them were similar to mine, but this was a very old picture. She explained to me that this was my Cuban great-grandfather (her father) and his mother. My grandmother was born in Cuba so we started speaking about Cuba for a while. I then decided to put ‘You Don’t Even Love Me’ on a reggaeton beat as homage to my lineage outside of Jamaica,” he explained.
In anticipation of the upcoming performance, Hymn offered, “Fans can expect great energy and a fun set! Playing for my hometown is the best feeling. I love Miami and can’t wait to jam out with everyone.”
Hymn is the grandson of musical icons Bob and Rita Marley, and the son of multi-Grammy award winner Stephen Marley. Born in Jamaica, Hymn now calls Miami his home. His debut EP In My Head is due for release in September on the artist’s own Hymntertainment label, distributed via Tuff Gong International.