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After the release of his well-received EP “Comfortable” in 2014, Jo Mersa Marley took some time to work with some of the giants in the music in honing his sound.
Scoring features on tracks such as “Light It Up” on Morgan Heritage’s Grammy Award-winning album “Strictly Roots,” Stephen Marley’s “Revelation ll: The Fruit of Life,” Jo has also embarked on working with his brother, Yohan Marley, again on Brickell, according to Ronnie Tomlinson, the Jamaican-born entertainment publicist with the Brooklyn-based Destine Media.
Tomlinson told Caribbean Life on Wednesday that Jo has released several singles, such as “Nothings Gonna Harm You,” “Everlasting feat Minj” and “Point of View feat Damian Marley.”
“Now, six years after his first EP, Jo Mersa releases his sophomore EP, ‘Eternal,’” Tomlinson said.
She said the seven-track project features the likes of Busy Signal, as well as label mates Kabaka Pyramid and Black Am I.
“This new body of work is an exciting glimpse into the potential that Joe has continued to display over these initial stages in his career,” Tomlinson said. “Based in a rhythmic roots sound, but tactfully blended with the EDM, this track provides the ideal sonic foundation for Jo’s prodigal return.
“Yo Dawg also provides a platform for the young Marley to explore his love and fascination with early dancehall alongside one of his musical brothers, Busy Signal,” she added.
As a complete body of work, Tomlinson said “’Eternal’ has a light narrative arc that is connected through the sonic progressions, and tracks like the storied ‘Guess Who’s Coming Home.’
“It speaks on a variety of topics — from growth, to justice, romance and even alternative medicine,” Tomlinson said. “Jo Mersa Marley really opens in terms of range, while maintaining an easily digestible time of 23 minutes.
“’Eternal’ is slated to be a banger for the coming summer and beyond,” she added.