Premiere: Listen to Bambaata Marley’s “Pretty Butterfly”

Premiere: Listen to Bambaata Marley’s “Pretty Butterfly”

The Marley prodigy dedicates his new single to women around the world and premieres it exclusively on VMAN.

The Marley prodigy dedicates his new single to women around the world and premieres it exclusively on VMAN.

Text: Jake Viswanath

The Marley name has proven time and time again to be a signifier for gifted artists, The latest family member to prove his musicianship on a global scale is Bambaata Marley, son of Ziggy and grandson of Bob, the reggae legend who started it all. The Jamaican singer-songwriter may have the talent in his genes, but he is determined to carve his own patch in the music world, establishing a distinct sultry yet sleek R&B-pop sound that still nods to his island roots. Judging by his first single “Deadbeat” and a spot opening for Ms. Lauryn Hill on her The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour, he seems well on his way.

Today, he premieres a new track, “Pretty Butterfly", exclusively on VMAN. Serving as the second single off his upcoming debut album UNX, the track is a jagged yet stunning soul jam with dramatic strings, tribal drums, and his raw vocals tying it all together. At the center of it all is a message of empowerment to one of the most marginalized groups in America. “I want to dedicate this record to all women, especially women of color, who are faced with discrimination in today’s social climate,” he explained to VMAN. “With so much inequality and injustice, we need to love and protect our women. This song was written to make sure our women feel beautiful no matter what.”

“Pretty Butterfly” gives us a deeper look into UNX, which stands for "the unknown." The album is Marley’s first major opportunity to showcase all the skills he was born with—and what he learned along the way. “UNX for me is a place where darkness and light are found in perfect harmony,” he said about his debut record. “It is also a place where fear doesn’t exist. Without me pushing myself to limits unknown, I would not have created this album. It’s in the darkness that you find your light.” UNX will be released this fall. Listen to the first single "Deadbeat" below.

Credits: Photography by Russell Hamilton

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