Beyond the relationships between colleagues, the bonds that music and its production have forged in the industry have transformed strangers into family. In contrast to the early days of Afrobeat, when the relationship between artist and label was mostly business-minded, the coherence between artists and labels, from the Mavins to the YBNLs, is more focused in the present. This sense of family has also existed at Marlian Records, barring the unpleasant occurrence with Mohbad, notably between Zino and Naira, the label’s head.
The mother of Naira Marley was sighted with the Marlian singer Zinolesky in a video that has people talking. Although it couldn’t be heard, Naira Marley’s mother appeared to be praying for Zinolesky in the video, and the head of the Marlian label was seen in the background smoking a rolled-up joint, seemed indifferent. Netizens have responded to the video in a variety of ways. Some have implied that Naira Marley was more interested in his joint than in the prayers, while others have defended the label head and claimed that he most likely heard his prayers before Zino.
Zinoleesky could be seen nodding as the woman continued to pray in the viral video featuring controversial musician Naira Marley, his mother, and other label walk-ons. In addition to being a member of Naira Marley’s Marlian label, Zinolesky also appears to get along well with his boss, who recently gave him a birthday celebration.
Naira Marley chose to rethink what he did and be courteous to those around him during Ramadan this year after receiving criticism on social media for throwing money at street folks in a disrespectful way a few weeks before. The musician held a wad of cash while posing for a live Instagram video outside his house with his entourage. Naira Marley handed out naira notes after counting to an extensive line of young men gathered before him. Netizens praised the act, and many implied he was back in their graces.