He is a Trinidadian reggae artist. His first major international hit was “Ganja Farmer” which was released in 2006 and became an international reggae classic, known and played worldwide. Marlon later went on to release more popular reggae hits such as “Fit and Strong” (2006), “Ganja Cowboy” (2011), “Babylon Brutality” (2015), and more rInterview with the Ganja Farmer, Marlon Asherecently “Mama Say” (2019), “Reggae Music” with Anthony B (2019), “Family Love” (2020), and “Use Me” (2021). He was awarded the COTT award (Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago) in 2019 for best reggae dancehall artist.
In his youth he was a member of the Mount Ararat Spiritual Baptist Church Choir and later on he embraced the Rasta faith and is a pioneer of the Trinidadian reggae movement. He has toured with other roots reggae artists such as Sizzla, Slightly Stoopid, Maxi Priest, Beenie Man, Capleton, Fortunate Youth, Pressure Busspipe, Matisyahu, Katchafire, Kottonmouth Kings and even the American R & B Sensation Boyz II Men. Marlon did nine dates on the Slightly Stoopid’s 2019 amphitheater tour. He has toured the US, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Canada, Africa and Europe. He paved the way for other Trinidad artists (Jah Melody, Khari Kill, I-Sasha, Jah Bami and more)
He has been steadily recording. He released two billboard top ten albums in 2019, one was “Rebirth” with Vas Productions. This album includes features with Anthony B, Slightly Stoopid and Pressure Busspipe. This was his third full studio album. The other 2019 release was a various artist collaboration album called “Life Of A Ghetto Youth Chapter 2” on which Marlon did two songs. His earlier albums include “Unconditional Love” (2006), “Illusions” (2015) “Life of A Ghetto Youth” (2017). Marlon does 12 of the 18 songs on this collaboration album. Life of a Ghetto Youth Chapters 1 and 2 raise awareness for gun violence and the hardships of Caribbean ghetto living. For this project Marlon helped raise $30,000 for victims and survivors of gun violence in Trinidad and Jamaica.
He also has multiple collabs on recordings with some of the biggest reggae artists in the world including Sizzla, Anthony B, Slightly Stoopid, and many more launching his career to the next level, increasing his exposure and fan base worldwide.
Reggae Festival Guide (RFG) caught up with Marlon Asher (MA) to find out a few things:
RFG: How did you get your start in being a performer?
MA: I traveled with a DJ by the name of Black Chariot and he give me a chance to sing one song every time he played.
RFG: How old were you when “Ganja Farmer” became a runaway hit and how did this affect your daily life?
MA: I was 29 and had to leave my daily job to accommodate all the radio interviews and shows I was getting.
RFG: How did you spend your time during the pandemic?
MA: Mostly trying to keep me and my family safe, and making music every chance I got!
RFG: What projects are you currently working on and what/when can fans expect?
MA: Currently working on my new album as well as the life of a Ghetto Youth 3.
RFG: What shows do you have planned for the summer of 2021?
MA: I will be direct support For Don Carlos at Truckee Reggae Festival, August 20th, Truckee, CA. I also have some guest appearances with Slightly Stoopid. The schedule is just starting to get busy again.
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