Jr. Gong coming for some righteous sounds

Three-time Grammy winner Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley is coming to Cayman. 

The feted singer of hits including Welcome to Jamrock and Affairs of the Heart is a master of reggae, hiphop, dub, ragga and fusions of all styles, having worked with a number of top class performers including brother Stephen, Nas, SuperHeavy and the exciting 2012 performer with red-hot producer, Skrillex. 

Damian’s nickname of Junior Gong is derived from his father Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong nickname and the youngest son of the ultimate reggae legend is a mighty performer in his own right. 

The concert takes place at Camana Bay’s Festival Green on Friday, 1 March, and is notable for plenty of local acts also showcasing their skill. 

Mr. Notch, Stuart Wilson, Rennie Conolly and Local Motion 345 take the stage alongside Damian Marley and will put across a tight and tuneful vibe and certainly will show that Cayman’s artists are strong as ever. 

The concert is arranged by YoungBlood Productions and Jean-Eric ‘Notch’ Smith says that he wanted to bring some ‘unity to the community’ before the upcoming elections. Music is love, he sagely observes. 

“The concert will give the entire Cayman Islands community- locals, expats and tourists alike time to come together for one night and enjoy our Island united under the stars regardless of nationality or political affiliation,” Notch tells us. 

Damian Marley was born in 1978 to dad Bob and mother Cindy Breakspeare, who was Miss World 1976. Damian has been a performer since the age of just 13, when he was in a band with Freddie McGregor’s daughter and the son of Cat Core of Third World. They called themselves the Shephards and opened 1992’s Reggae Sunsplash festival. 

Damian signed to Tuff Gong and released his debut, Mr. Marley, in 1996 which featured brother Stephen and was notable for its DJ approach. Halfway Tree followed in 2001, which stayed on the Billboard top reggae albums chart for 158 weeks and won Best Reggae Album in 2002. 

Arguably it was 2005’s Welcome to Jamrock, taken from the album of the same name, that really brought the artist into the limelight. The track is a politically-charged state of the nation observation about Jamaica, the inner cities and ghetto life. It reached No. 13 in the UK singles chat and 55 in the United States Billboard Hot 100. 

Best Reggae Album and Best Urban/Alternative Grammies followed for that album, which quickly went gold in the United States for sales of over 500,000. 

In 2010, Distant Relatives was released. This collaboration with Nas was notable for the fact that the proceeds of the LP went to building schools in the Congo. 

The next year saw Damian work with Mick Jagger on SuperHeavy with single, Miracle Worker, released that June. In 2012, the collaboration with Skrillex came about and the song Make it Bun Dem was featured in 2012 computer game. Far Cry 3. 

Gates open at 6pm with showtime at 9pm.  


Ticket information
Pre-paid: $35 for general admission, $50 for bleacher seating, $80 for Limited VIP. 
They are available at all Reflections stores, Funky Tangs and J&M.
For further information and group tickets please call 517-7797 or 929-3630. 

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