Damian Marley
Jamaican musician
Damian Marley
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley is a Jamaican reggae artist who has won three Grammy awards. Damian is the youngest son of Bob Marley. Damian was two years old when his father Bob Marley died; he is the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. Damian's nickname Junior Gong is derived from his father's nickname of Tuff Gong. Marley has been performing since the age of 13. He shares, along with most of his family, a full-time career in music.
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Damian Marley Responds To Controversy Over New Video 'Nail Pon Cross'
The Huffington Post - 6 months
Damian Marley’s reputation for raising awareness against social and political discourse has once again taken center stage with the release of his latest single, “Nail Pon Cross.” The Grammy award winner released the video for the track on Aug. 16, which is the lead single from his forthcoming album, “Stony Hill,” according to a press release for the song. The provocative music video shows Marley ― who is the youngest son of Reggae legend Bob Marley ― along with a young black man, a Muslim man, a Latino and a police officer being crucified on what appears to be a telephone pole.  More...
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Shaggy and Friends: Creating Smiles and Saving Children's Lives
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Shaggy performs live at The 2014 Shaggy and Friends Concert in Kingston, Jamaica. Photo: Sleek Magazine Take a minute and think: If you were blessed with the gift of fame, how would ensure yourself a positive meaningful legacy? Celebrities are often able to enrich causes with unprecedented publicity, credibility and donations. Driven by some emotional connection, many celebs drive passionate campaigns to effect big change, ensuring a better tomorrow for others. Years ago, U2's Bono was urged to publicize the horrors of extreme poverty affecting various parts of Africa and Sean Penn is known to have dedicated himself to relief and rebuilding efforts on the ground in Haiti. I'd like to share the story of how one very famous man is helping to create a world class public health facility for children in Jamaica, while shaping a legacy that brings smiles to many faces just by the mention of his name. Just over 10 years ago, Orville Richard Burrell, better known to the world as Shaggy ...
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OK! Exclusive: Kat Dahlia On the Pop Song That Makes Her "Bawl In a Corner" And Her "Ghetto" Headlining Tour
Ok Magazine - about 3 years
Bored of those same ol’ jams on your iPod? Good, because after one listen to Kat Dahlia‘s music, you’re going to finally stop listening to that Beyonce album on repeat and take a listen to this instead. I caught up with Kat, an up-and-coming hip-hop artist signed to Vested in Culture/Epic Records, who has lots things in the pipeline for the first few months of 2014. Like what, you ask? A music video premiere, a debut album, her very first headlining tour… Photos: 10 Pop Songs Originally Written for Other Artists Keep reading to see what Kat told me exclusively about all three of the above things, what kind of crazy relationships have inspired her songs, why she’s beyond obsessed with “Say Something” by A Great Big World (her cover of the song is below!) and her plans to someday have a real live tour bus: Poll: Vote For Your Favorite New Song of the Week OK!:  You just shot the music video for your new single, “Crazy.” What can fans expect from it? Kat Dahlia: The video we shot ...
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Peter 'Souleo' Wright: Homophobia in Hip-Hop
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When I was growing up, rap's raw sound drew me in, but its repugnant attitudes toward women and the LGBT community left me feeling torn. I love hop-hop but dislike what it has sometimes stood for. Famous rappers and their fans have called me ugly names with no fear of reprisal, and some of my favorite emcees have dropped lyrics that are downright hostile toward who I am: an openly gay, "Generation Y," African-American male. Still, I've never lost faith in hip-hop's power to inspire and uplift. As an activist curator I'm often drawn to the more conscious aspects of hip-hop culture as source material. "Motown to Def Jam," which ended its month-long run in Harlem last week, is my most recent exhibition linking the art world to the world of music. It pays visual homage to the humanist output from four legendary record labels, including Def Jam, an easy target for homophobic assumptions. Over the past three decades, hip-hop has become an important element in every American' ...
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Celeb birthdays for the week of July 21-27
Yahoo News - over 3 years
July 21: Singer Kay Starr is 91. Movie director Norman Jewison is 87. Actress Patricia Elliott ("One Life To Live") is 71. Actor Edward Herrmann ("Gilmore Girls") is 70. Actor Leigh Lawson ("Tess") is 68. Singer Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) is 65. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau ("Doonesbury") is 65. Comedian-actor Robin Williams is 62. Singer-guitarist Eric Bazilian of The Hooters is 60. Comedian Jon Lovitz is 56. Actor Lance Guest ("Lou Grant") is 53. Singer Emerson Hart of Tonic is 44. Country singer Paul Brandt is 41. Actress Ali Landry is 40. Actor Josh Hartnett is 35. Reggae singer Damian Marley is 35. "American Idol" runner-up Blake Lewis is 32. Drummer Will Berman of MGMT is 31. Keyboardist Johan Carlsson of Carolina Liar is 29. Actress Vanessa Lengies ("Stick It," ''American Dreams") is 28.
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Etan Thomas: Celebrities Inspire a Fatherhood Movement
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
Since the release of my book Fatherhood Rising To The Ultimate Challenge last year, I have traveled the country to encourage young people who they can be anything they want to be in life no matter what their circumstances. It always amazes me how much hearing that message from an athlete or rapper or actor they recognize resonates with them. It's the reason why I started a fatherhood movement and connected with a wide a range of men to give personal accounts about responsibility, triumphs, struggles and what it takes for young people to succeed. This fatherhood movement has been rapidly growing. What's reaffirming to me is that the young men who we encounter want to do something with their lives -- they want to make the right decisions, they want to have an impact on the world. They just are looking for guidance. That fact is sometimes lost on many who still see young people as the scourge of society. But at a recent fatherhood panel during the NBA All Star Week ...
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Snoop Dogg: Obama Deserves Another Term
Huffington Post - over 4 years
At a Friday afternoon press conference in Toronto, the rapper Snoop Dogg took time out from promoting his new film, "Reincarnated," to weigh in on the U.S. presidential election. "They need to give Obama four more years, man," Snoop told an audience of mostly amused reporters. Referring to Obama's predecessor, President George W. Bush, who started two wars and left office during a financial crisis, he added, "I mean, Bush fucked up for eight years, so you gotta at least give [Obama] eight years. He cleaned half the shit up in four years, realistically. It ain't like y'all gave him a clean house. Y'all gave him a house where the TV didn't' work, the toilet was stuffed up -- everything was wrong with the house." Snoop, whose new film chronicles his efforts to establish himself as a credible reggae artist during a month-long trip to Jamaica (where he acquired the name Snoop Lion), also gave Obama credit for eliminating Osama bin Laden. "Then he went and knocked down the mos ...
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Jerell Tongson: Nas Won: A Celebration of Life at Tammany Hall
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Tuesday night at Tammany Hall capped a whirlwind 24 hours for the legendary Queensbridge emcee Nas as he released his 10th studio album Life is Good (Def Jam). Coming off of Moet dinners with Jay-Z, a show at Rucker Park, and a huge wave of television appearances (ESPN, Letterman, Colbert and 106 & Park, respectively), the man was impossible to escape. All this was capped off with a special concert that for a select group of people in the know in celebration of what projects to be the number one album next week on the Billboard Charts. The capacity crowd eagerly packed the venue in hours before the show started, hyperbolically talking about the album, making sure to have a stake one way or the other. After digesting the album for a day (or in The Internets time, a week or two), this is what we know for sure. This is a clear-headed, back-to-basics approach for Nas; removed away from the heavy whips and chain imagery of Untitled and the soapbox-ery of Hip-Hop is Dea ...
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Mike Ragogna: The Motherlode: A Conversation With Jessica Stavely-Taylor, Plus JP's Video Exclusive and 2012's Gathering of the Vibes
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation With Jessica Stavely-Taylor Mike Ragogna: Jessica, can you tell us the story behind The Staves' new EP The Motherlode? Jessica Stavely-Taylor: Well, the story is that this is our second EP. It's just been released here in the States, which we're very excited about. "The Motherlode" is one of the tracks that's going to be on our album when it comes out later this year. We wrote that song a while back, and it's a little bit different from our other songs; it's a bit less introverted and less about ourselves and our own experiences. That song actually tells the story of another character, which is something that we don't normally do when we're writing. There are also two other songs on the EP, "Pay Us No Mind" and "Wisely And Slow." MR: Can you tell us about the origins of The Staves, it being comprised of you and your sisters? Like, have you always sung together? JST: As a matter of fact, we'd always sung together, ever since we were very tiny. Our p ...
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AHH Stray News: Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T.’s First Week Sales Projections; Nicki Minaj’s “Roman Reloaded” Goes Gold; Cypress Hill Release New Dubstep EP
All Hip Hop - over 4 years
(AllHipHop News) Analysts are projecting that major label debuts from both Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T., who released their albums this past Tuesday (June 5), will move between 40,000 and 45,000 units. Curren$y’s The Stoned Immaculate and K.R.I.T.’s Live From the Underground have both received stellar reviews however the lack of radio promotion and singles have visibly resulted in the lack of sales for both Warner Bros. Music and Def Jam. Album sales in general were down nine percent from the same week last year according to HDD. Following a week of non-stop media resulting from her no-show at Hot 97′s Summer Jam concert this past weekend, Young Money artist Nicki Minaj’s sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, has been certified gold with over 508,000 copies sold since its release two months ago. The album has produced the singles “Right By My Side” with Chris Brown, “Beez In the Trap” with 2 Chainz, and “Starships” which has already sold over two million digital singles worldwid ...
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Exclusive: Kid Frost’s Kid, Scoop Deville, Cooks Up “The Recipe” for Dr. Dre & Kendrick Lamar
All Hip Hop - almost 5 years
West Coast-based producer, Scoop Deville, is one of the hottest producers in the rap game right now, but none of this is by accident. As the son of rap veteran Kid Frost, Scoop has grown up in the business and has learned the ropes of the industry from his father and his close associates. Last month, AllHipHop.com sat down with Kid Frost and got his amazing story, which included the raising of his record-producing son. Now, we return to Kid Frost’s studio to get the story from Scoop Deville right on the heels of his biggest record to date, “The Recipe,” by Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre. In this two-part interview, we go in-depth with Scoop Deville to get his full story and to give the readers an insight in to his life and the music that he creates: AllHipHop.com: I heard that you just recently came back from Jamaica and that you collaborated with the Marleys. What brought you out there? Scoop Deville: One of the records that I did for Dr. Dre had Damian Marley on it, and he found ou ...
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Prince Harry Inspired To Become Reggae DJ After Meeting Bob Marley's Widow
MTV News - almost 5 years
By Zachary Swickey Yes, you read that correctly. In a story more reminiscent of the ’91 comedy “King Ralph,” where American John Goodman becomes King of England, UK’s The Sun is claiming that Prince Harry is now interested in becoming a music DJ – specifically of the reggae variety following a particularly moving meeting with Bob Marley’s widow on a recent trip to Jamaica. The Sun reports that the young royal has been stockpiling a huge vinyl music collection of reggae records from “specialist online stores.” The publication also states that Harry has been receiving helpful tips and lessons on how to mix records properly from his DJ friends. “Harry has always been interested in music, but Jamaica was a real eye opener. He started looking into reggae as soon as he got back to the UK,” the of-course-unnamed source revealed. Marley’s widow, Rita (who was also a member of his vocal backing group, the I Threes), also uknowingly played a part. “Meeting Rita Marley was a great ...
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Mick Jagger gets first hosting gig at ‘SNL’ finale
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
NEW YORK — Mick Jagger will test his comic chops later this month as host of the Saturday Night Live season finale. The Rolling Stones frontman has been a musical guest twice before on the long-running NBC show, and the network said Thursday he will perform musically on the May 19 finale. But he has never been host before, a job that usually requires participation in several comic skits. The Rolling Stones mark their 50th anniversary as a band this year, but have yet to announce any activities to commemorate the occasion. Jagger last year put out a disc as part of a group called SuperHeavy, which also included reggae singer Damian Marley and former Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart.
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Let's Get Together And Feel Alright
Clash - almost 5 years
'Marley', the new documentary—premiered in Kingston last week and now released to the world—shows just how large one particular issue was in Bob Marley's music (and life), even till after his death: race. Marley's decision to aim for success in rock music instead of the U.S. black music scene caused producer Chris Blackwell (who prompted it) to be vilified by other members of the Wailers, even to the point of calling him "Whitewell." And the film sheds new light both on Marley's father— a white Jamaican who got the black daughters of plantation workers pregnant—and on the love affair between the result of one of those pregnancies and a future Miss World. Speaking at the premiere of the new film, the first ever with backing of the Marley family, Neville Garrick (longtime friend and artistic collaborator to Bob Marley and the Wailers, who designed their album covers and live staging) told me "the essence of Bob Marley" was that "through the colour of him skin he get p ...
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Reggae Festival Announces Headliners
Newport Patch - almost 5 years
On the heels of announcing its headliners for the new Newport Blues & BBQ Festival, the Newport Yachting Center event venue and marina continues its hit parade of diverse summer entertainment on the waterfront with the announcement that tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 20th at 10 a.m. for the 3rd Annual Newport Waterfront Reggae Festival to take place Saturday, August 11 the from Noon to 10 p.m. The Festival will feature reggae legends Barrington Levy and Junior Marvin, as well as Bushman, Taj Weekes & Adowa and the Mighty Mystic and The Thunder Band. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 the day of the Festival and can be purchased online at www.newportwaterfrontevents.com or by calling the Newport Yachting Center Box Office at (401) 846-1600. There is no reserved seating for the Festival. Flexible general admission allows concert attendees to come and go during the day and night. The Festival gates will open at Noon and the schedule will be as follows: Courtyard Fest ...
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FEST 2012 just around the corner
The DePaulia - almost 5 years
Mark the calendar, because May 14 is the Big Reveal for FEST 2012. The DePaul Activities Board is working hard to keep the excitement going throughout students at DePaul. According to Lizmarie Palomo, the FEST Coordinator, DAB is currently in the middle of the contracting process for the artists. Previous artists that have performed at FEST include Chromeo and Wiz Khalifa. DAB is concerned about student interest in FEST 2012, so they have hosted other smaller events in preparation. They have had three promotion events titled “Fest Forum” where students have been able to participate in artist surveys, get free goodies, and give their own opinion on FEST. The student survey for musical artists included Lupe Fiasco, Snoop Dogg, Damian Marley, Cage the Elephant and Janelle Monae. “This year, we are trying to make FEST a time for fun, dancing, letting loose and making memories,” said Palomo. FEST is held each year in the Lincoln Park Campus Quad, and events wil ...
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Boston native Victor Pontes-Macedo, aka MC Exposition, dead at 31
Blast Magazine - almost 5 years
Boston native Victor Pontes-Macedo, better known by fans and bandmates as MC Exposition or “Expo” and frontman of Long Beach-based hip-hop group Audible Mainframe, died of stomach cancer on Thursday. He was 31. As noted on the band’s official website, Pontes-Macedo’s career with the six-member hip-hop group Audible Mainframe began in Boston in 2003. The group performed with many big name groups including LMFAO, Damian Marley, Slick Rick and Biz Markie. Their first album reached 14 on the college charts. Pontes-Macedo himself was a two-time Boston M.I.C. Award winner (Best Underground Artist and Best Underground Hip Hop Band). Before the group migrated to Los Angeles in 2006, they had collected a number of awards, including the 2006 Mass Industry Award for “Best Underground Act” and (for Pontes-Macedo) “Best Underground Emcee”. They won both the 2004 “Battle of the Bands” competition hosted by Boston’s 107.3 FM WAAF and another in California, put on by Long Beach’s The District Wee ...
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Can Bruno Mars' <i>Hooligans</i> Take Home Grammy Gold?
MTV News - about 5 years
MTV News takes a look at the history of Album of the Year nominee Doo-Wops &amp; Hooligans. By Jocelyn Vena &lt;P&gt;Bruno Mars showed he was more than just B.o.B and Travie McCoy's hook guy when he dropped &lt;a href="/news/articles/1649280/bruno-mars-doo-wops-will-take-fans-on-journey.jhtml"&gt;&lt;i&gt;Doo-Wops &amp;amp; Hooligans&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/a&gt; back in October 2010 &amp;#8212; and he's got an Album of the Year nomination at Sunday's &lt;a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/grammys/"&gt;Grammys&lt;/a&gt; to prove it.&lt;/P&gt;&lt;P&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;div class="player-placeholder right" title="Bruno Mars Becomes a 'Big Boy'" id="vid:680389" width="240" height="211"&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;/P&gt;&lt;P&gt;With an ear for vintage-sounding details and a love for a good melody, Mars unleashed an album that would spawn megahits and make the Hawaii native (and for ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Damian Marley
  • 2010
    Age 31
    On 17 May 2010, Marley released Distant Relatives, a collaborative album with Nas.
    More Details Hide Details The album title refers not only to the bond between the artists, but the connection to their African ancestry, which inspired the album both musically and lyrically. They have previously collaborated on "Road to Zion", on Marley's Welcome to Jamrock album. The album joins two different flavours of music with Marley's dub-rock aesthetic and Nas' flow. Damian and Stephen produced much of the album. The proceeds of this album will go to building schools in the Congo. The album debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 57,000 copies. It serves as Nas's tenth top-ten album and Marley's second top-ten album in the United States. The album also entered at number four on Billboards Digital Albums, and at number one on its R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Rap Albums, and Reggae Albums charts. Internationally, Distant Relatives attained some chart success. It entered at number 33 on the European Top 100 Albums chart. In the United Kingdom, it debuted at number 30 on the UK Albums Chart and at number four on the R&B Albums Chart. In Canada, the album entered at number 9 on the Top 100 Albums chart. In Germany, it debuted at number 38 on the Media Control Charts.
  • 2009
    Age 30
    The group began recording their self-titled debut album in early 2009 at a studio in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details They recorded about 35 hours of music, with some songs originally lasting "an hour and 10 minutes" before they were whittled down. The album was previewed at Jim Henson Studios, Los Angeles, on 30 June 2011. The band played eight of the recorded songs at the event. "Miracle Worker" was released on iTunes as the album's lead single on 7 July 2011. It is a reggae song performed by Marley, Stone and Jagger. The single entered at number 195 on the UK Singles Chart. The music video was released on YouTube on 12 August 2011. Directed by Stewart and filmed at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, the video features all five members of the band. "Satyameva Jayathe" (the national motto of India, which literally translates as "Truth Alone Triumphs") was released as the second single from the album on 9 August 2011, a week before India's Independence Day on 15 August. Composed by Rahman to have an Indian feel, Jagger sings in Sanskrit on the song, which also features Stewart, Stone and Marley. The song premiered exclusively on Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM on 9 August across twenty-two Indian cities, and Tata DoCoMo is set to simultaneously promote the song and the album on mass media. "Beautiful People" reached number sixty-four on the Dutch Single Top 100 chart.
    At the 2009 Grammy Awards news of a collaborative album between Marley and Nas was announced, when Nas told MTV reporters "Right now, I'll tell you first, I'm working on an album with Damian Marley.
    More Details Hide Details We tryin' to build some schools in Africa with this one, and trying to build empowerment. We're tryin' to show love and stuff with this album. So, the record's... all about really the 'hood and Africa also as well."
  • 2006
    Age 27
    At the 2006 Grammy Awards, he won Best Reggae Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for Welcome to Jamrock.
    More Details Hide Details He is the only Jamaican reggae artist in history to win two Grammy Awards on the same night. He is also the only reggae artist to win in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category at the Grammy Awards.
  • 2005
    Age 26
    Marley released his third studio album Welcome to Jamrock which was released on 12 September 2005 in the United States and 13 September 2005 in the United Kingdom.
    More Details Hide Details The sold 86,000 copies in its first week of release, and was eventually certified gold after selling 500,000 copies in the United States. Other notable singles from the album include "The Master Has Come Back", "Road to Zion" featuring Nas, and "Khaki Suit" featuring Bounty Killer and Eek-A-Mouse. Damian's brother, Stephen Marley, was a producer and co-writer of the hugely successful song of the same name. The lyrics to the single "Welcome to Jamrock", which was performed over a riddim produced by Sly and Robbie for Ini Kamoze some 20 years earlier, centred around poverty, politics and crime in Jamaica. While the single was controversial at home over its perceived negative viewpoint of the island, many praised the content of the song. Dr. Clinton Hutton, professor at the University of the West Indies, said of the single, "'Jamrock' uses the icon of the inner city, of alienation, of despair, of prejudice, but of hope, of Jamaican identity, to remind us of the fire of frustration, the fire of creativity, the fire of warning to open up our eyes and look within to the life we are living. And still some of us don't want to hear and to look and say enough is enough." The single reached No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 55 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was also No. 100 on the Top 100 Songs of the Decade listing by Rolling Stone.
  • 2001
    Age 22
    The album was released on 11 September 2001 and received the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
    More Details Hide Details It was co-produced by Damian Marley and his brother Stephen Marley.
  • 1996
    Age 17
    With the backing of his father's label, Tuff Gong, he released his 1996 debut album Mr. Marley which surprised many who were unaccustomed to hearing a Marley deejaying rather than singing.
    More Details Hide Details Marley released his second studio album Halfway Tree. The name "Halfway Tree" comes from his mother, Cindy Breakspeare, being from the rich part of town, and his father, Bob Marley, coming from the poor part of town, thus him being "a tree halfway in between the 'rich' world and 'poor' world." Additionally, Halfway Tree is a well-known landmark that marks the cultural center of Half-Way-Tree, the clock tower that stands where the historical eponymous cotton tree once stood is featured prominently behind Marley on the cover of the album.
  • 1978
    Born on July 21, 1978.
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