Jo Mersa Marley, grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley, dead at 31


South Florida radio station WZPP posted on Instagram that it had confirmed Jo Mersa’s passing and said he died of an asthma attack, though it did not specify a location where it happened. It noted that the singer leaves behind a wife and daughter.

The Post has contacted representatives for Jo Mersa for comment.

His grandfather, who died at age 36 in 1981, was a pioneer in the reggae movement and known for songs including “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Is This Love,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” “No Woman, No Cry” and more.

Bob Marley died in 1981 of melanoma at only 36. He had 11 children with seven different women.

Jo Mersa spent his early years in Jamaica before he moved to Florida in high school. He studied studio engineering at Miami Dade College, according to a 2014 Jamaica Observer story.

He released an EP, “Comfortable,” in 2014 that included the title track.

In a 2021 interview with the Jamaica Gleaner, timed to his second EP “Eternal” — which featured Melii, Black-Am-I, Busy Signal, and Kabaka Pyramid — Jo Mersa opened up about his songwriting prowess.

“In all honesty, it depends on the vibe because sometimes you will have a tune or idea, like a whole tune is in your head but no beat, and other times, you have a beat and no tune,” he said. “That’s for me, of course. I can’t speak for everyone. Some songs I am able to finish in a night, and some take longer.”


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    • I totally understand how you feel. I do like how this article was written. It is totally normal for the reader to want to know which of Bob’s children is the father/mother.

      They are actually telling us more about Bob Marley that his grandson. He is the grandson of Bob Marley, enough said. Bob needs no introduction. The author mentioned several songs by Bob, really, the average person who is drawn to this article can most likely mention fifty Bob songs.

      Stephen Marley is the father, and if i remembers correctly Jo Mersa’s mother Kertia DeCosta Marley named him Joseph. Kertia works with a non-profit AIDS foundation in jamaica that was started by her mother.

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