Damian “JR.Gong” Marley has announced that he will be treating Jo’Burg fans to a show at The Groove Live formerly known as The Bassline in Newtown on Friday the 26th of May at 19:00.
Damian’s hit single “Welcome to Jamrock” was listed as one of the Top 100 Songs of the Decade by Rolling Stone, and at the 2006 Grammy Awards, he won Best Reggae Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for Welcome to Jamrock. Damian is the only Jamaican reggae artist in history to win two Grammy Awards on the same night. He is also the only reggae artist to win in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category at the Grammy Awards. The New York Times called Welcome to Jamrock the “best reggae song of the decade.”
Welcome to Jamrock led the pathway to Damian’s critically acclaimed collaboration with Nas for 2010’s much lauded album “Distant Relatives” – a project which explored the relationships between reggae, hip-hop and Africa. The album title refers not only to the bond between the artists, but the connection to their African ancestry, which inspired the album both musically and lyrically. USA Today referred to the album as a “potent and often provocative collaboration” and by Rolling Stone as “an Afrocentric winner.” The album debuted at Number 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and Number 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Rap Albums and Reggae Albums charts, with Billboard heralding the album as “a dynamic hybrid.”
After Jo’Burg Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley will travel to Zakifo which happens at Blue Lagoon Beach, Durban on the 26, 27, 28 May 2017. He performs on Sunday the 28th at 8pm at the festival that over the three days features Thandiswa Mazwai, Ray Phiri, Bongeziwe, Baloji, Petite Noir, Bombino, Jojo Abot, The Soil, Nova Twins, Tiggs Da Author and more. A full event breakdown is available on www.zakifo.com
On May31 he performs in Nairobi Kenya. June 3 sees him take to the stage at Sakifo Festival in Saint Pierre Reunion. On the 4th of June he’s in Pailles, Mauritius and June 6 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Log onto http://www.damianmarleymusic.com/ for more information.