Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, steps out in his own right with the release on September 19th of his killer new single ”Welcome To Jamrock”. Released on Island Records and featuring a sample from Ini Kamoze’s “World A Music”, the track has been exploding out of US radio and looks set to give Damian a massive hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
Damian Robert Nesta Marley a.k.a. “Junior Gong”, was born in Kingston, Jamaica on July 21st, 1978, the son of Bob Marley and Jamaica’s 1977 Miss World Cindy Breakspeare. Damian began performing as a child as the vocalist for a group called The Shepherds. The group was comprised of other well-known reggae artist’s children including Shiah Coore (son of Third World guitarist Cat Coore) and Yashema Beth McGregor, the daughter of Freddie McGregor and Judy Mowatt. After The Shepherd’s disbanded Damian turned his vocal talents to deejaying (the Jamaican equivalent of rapping). In 1993, his debut single “Deejay Degree” was released on Tuff Gong Records, the label founded by his father. In 1995 Damian recorded the track "School Controversy" for the "Positively Reggae" compilation, the proceeds from which went to Jamaica's Leaf of Life Foundation, an organization which assists children who are HIV positive. Although he was still a teenager, Damian was selected as the "Positively Reggae" spokesperson.
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