Oct 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: Damian Marley

LargeUp Premiere: Stephen Marley feat. Spragga Benz and Damian Marley, “Bongo Nyah”

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Sure, we love our culture tunes and badman tunes but, as any sound man (or gyal) knows, the most lighter-worthy, forward-inducing reggae/dancehall tunes are those that blur the lines between—and transcend— these two categories. A Bongo nyah is an age-old term describing a Rasta man who is also a gangster man, so you know with any song that uses it, you’re getting a little bit of both and, most likely, a big, big chune.

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TRU Music: Hear Wayne Marshall’s Jr. Gong-Produced Single, “I Know”

Words by Jesse Serwer—


If you didn’t know, Wayne Marshall is officially a part of the Marley family’s Ghetto Youths International family. Marshall’s single “Go Hard” appeared on the Ghetto Youths LP Set Up Shop, Vol. 1 earlier this year, and his new album TRU Colors is set to drop via the label later this summer. The deejay will also hit the road this summer with the Ghetto Youths crew which, besides him (that’s Wayne, second from right at the top), currently includes (clockwise from top left) Julian Marley, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis, Jo Mersa, Stephen Marley and Damian Marley.

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LargeUp Premiere: Damian + Stephen Marley Remix Eric Clapton

Words by Jesse Serwer—


The connection between Eric Clapton and Bob Marley runs deep. “Slowhand”‘s 1974 version of  “I Shot the Sheriff” is perhaps the most famed reggae cover of all-time, and the song that gave Marley’s music some of its earliest mainstream exposure in the U.S. To this day, it’s the only Clapton single (solo or otherwise) to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the only Marley composition to do so as well.

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PHOTOS: The Next Generation of Marleys

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo By Mariamma Kambon

Marleys, the Next Generation

Saturday’s 9 Mile Festival in Miami was a coming of age thing for the grandchildren of Bob Marley. Daniel Bambaata Marley, eldest son of Ziggy, helped warm up the crowd with a well-received early performance at the surprisingly cold and wintery event. Jo Mersa Marley, Stephen’s eldest son, joined his father and uncles Damian and Julian onstage to perform his own material during their headlining set later in the evening. The younger Marleys have performed at the annual Marley family-affiliated festival before but this year saw them take a more prominent place at the proceedings, fresh off their appearances on the new Ghetto Youths International album Set Up Shop. Volume 1.

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LargeUp Premiere: Jo Mersa’s “Comfortable” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Jo Mersa Comfortable Video

“Comfortable” is one of two tunes from Jo Mersa, eldest son of Stephen Marley, on the just-released Ghetto Youths International compilation, Set Up Shop, Volume 1. And, like Mersa’s first single “Bad So,” it’s something a break from the family tradition of cultural reggae: young Jo has a very modern dancehall sound geared towards the ladies and the club.

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Audio: Stream “Treat You Right” From Ziggy’s Son, Daniel Marley

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Ghetto Youths International’s Set Up Shop, Volume 1 is out today and, while the compilation features a whole heap of tracks from album producer Damian Marley, including the brand-new “Dem Neva Make It” and the not-so-new “Affairs of the Heart,” and a heavyweight collaboration from Stephen Marley, Buju and Akon, one of the tracks that’s got us pressing repeat comes from the next generation of Marley kids.

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