Damian Marley’s family owned record label is releasing a new compilation album, cementing the label’s commitment to exposing fresh Jamaican talent.
“Set Up Shop Volume 1” was released worldwide on Itunes on Tuesday, 26 February. The album offers 14 tracks featuring talent from the “Ghetto Youths International” line up.
Artists include Jo Mersa and Daniel “Bambaata” Marley, the third generation of Marley performers, along with other popular acts such as Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis and Marley brothers – Stephen, Julian and Damian Jr. Gong Marley. Also featured are noteworthy collaborations from the likes of Jah Cure, Bugle, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Akon, Tarrus Riley and T.O.K.
The interesting mix of artists brings an exciting mix of themes, crossing genres from dancehall to traditional roots reggae and showcasing what is no doubt a stable of high calibre talent among the ranks of Ghetto Youths International.
Fresh off the heels of his recent visit to the Cayman Islands, three-time Grammy winner Damian Marley is well represented on the album with six singles, which includes hits such as 2012 Song of the Year “Affairs of the Heart” and “Set Up Shop”, a song about being enterprising no matter what your life situation.
Stephen Marley, who has won eight Grammys contributes to the effort with the single “The Conclusion”, featuring Akon and Buju Banton. The song will also be featured on Revelation Part 2 “The Fruit of Life”.
“Move Dem” from Julian Marley and Deejay Bogle is a new track from Julian. His last album release was critically acclaimed and nominated for a Grammy in 2009.
Newcomer Joe Mersa, son of Stephen Marley, contributes the recently released “Bad So and Comfortable”. Daniel Marley son of Ziggy Marley, showcases his moving vocals with the song “Treat You Right”.
Christopher Ellis is another Ghetto Youths International artists to appear on the album. He is the son of rock steady legend Alton Ellis and teams up with T.O.K’s Bay C on the catchy “Don’t Change Your Number”. He also appears on the hit “End of Time” alongside Stephen Marley and Jah Cure.
Singjay Wanyne Marshall leads on “Go Hard”. The star studded collaboration also features Damian Marley, Aidonia, I-Octane, Assassin, Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel. The video for the songs premiered on American website worldstarhiphop.com and amassed some 3 million views in less than 24 hours.
Marshall also appears on “In Dependence”, a provocative song with Damian Marley and Tarrus Riley.
Rounding out the compilation is newcomer and roots singer Black-Am-I, who powerfully represents with “Samson Strength” and “Modern Day Freedom”.
Ghetto Youths International is owned by brothers Stephen, Damian and Julian, who have put extensive work into developing the compilation and artists.