Jo Mersa Marley

Birth Name: Joseph Marley

Date of Birth: March 12, 1991

Place of Birth: Kingston, Jamaica

Date of Death: December 27, 2022

Place of Death: Miami-Dade County, Florida, U.S.

Ethnicity: African-Jamaican, German, one eighth English

Jo Mersa Marley was a Jamaican singer. He was the son of Kerry-Ann Smith and Jamaican-American musician Stephen Marley, and the grandson of reggae singer and songwriter Bob Marley.

Jo was a nephew of singer Ziggy Marley and dancer Carlene Smith (also known as Dancehall Queen Carlene), and a half-nephew of entrepreneur and professional football player Rohan Marley and DJ, singer, lyricist, and rapper Damian Marley. He was a cousin of musicians Bambaata Marley and Skip Marley, and a half-cousin of model and singer Selah Marley and singer and songwriter YG Marley.

Jo’s mother is said to be the daughter of a Jamaican father and a German mother.

Jo’s paternal grandfather was Robert Nesta Marley (the son of Norval Sinclair Marley and Cedella Editha Malcolm). Bob was born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica. Norval was born in Jamaica, and was the son of Albert Thomas Marley, who was English, and of Ellen Ann Bloomfield. Cedella was black, and was the daughter of Omeriah/Amariah Malcolm and Alberta/Albertha Willoughby/Whilby.

Jo’s paternal grandmother was singer Rita Marley (born Alpharita Constantia Anderson; the daughter of Leroy Anderson and Cynthia “Beda” Jarrett). Rita was born in Cuba, to Jamaican parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Jo Mersa Marley (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogies of Jo’s paternal grandfather, Bob Marley –

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