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Biography

  • Fully embracing the Rastafari culture and part of a musical dynasty, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley (born 21 July 1978) from Kingston, Jamaica is the son of legend Bob Marley and a Dancehall and Reggae artist in his own right.

    Surrounded by music from his birth with his musical legend of a father at the helm, Marley got his first taste of performing at the age of 13 performing with the group The Shephards, an amalgamation of musician’s offspring, alongside Freddie McGregor’s daughter and Third World’s Cat Core’s son.

    After the diffusion of the band, Marley went solo with the support of his father’s record label Tuff Gong and in 1996 he released his debut album “Mr. Marley”. He released his second album “Halfway Tree” in 2001, the name acting as a metaphor for the divide between the rich and the poor parts of town, a tree which bears significance to Jamaican natives and a feature on his father’s album artwork. The album earned Marley a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2002.

    Three years later came the release of his third album “Welcome to Jamrock” which eventually was certified gold in the US and included the singles “The Master Has Come Back” and “Road to Zion” which featured US rapper Nas. The album covered themes of poverty, crime and corruption, portraying a harsh reality contrary to the idyllic picture painting Jamaica as the perfect tourist attraction. In 2006, the album won both Best Reggae Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

    In 2010, Marley collaborated once again with rapper Nas, this time producing the album “Distant Relatives” inspired both musically and lyrically by their African ancestry with the album proceeds being donated to building schools in Congo. Debuting at number five in the Billboard charts, the album featured the singles “As We Enter”, “Strong Will Continue” and “My Generation.

    The following year came the revelation of the super-group SuperHeavy which Marley had been working on with Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Eurythmic’s Dave Stewart who together merged the sounds of Indian Orchestras with the essence of nature native to Jamaica. In 2011, the band released their self-titled album with the lead single “Miracle Worker”. Marley has also worked with the likes of Skrillex, Cypress Hill and Bruno Mars.