Gongzilla claps a lyrical gun salute in his hardcore reality tune, “Roar Fi a Cause” about the rules, laws and codes of conduct that govern life pon di ends—and the lionheart street soldiers who enforce them. Now the star is set to share this cause with Nairobi this May 2017.
*Article update on 17th may 2017, The venue for the concert has been confirmed by the organisers and Damian Marley to be The Carnivore Grounds, Nairobi.
It is clear to anyone listening that the Marley siblings are determined to affirm their commitment to the advancement of their father’s legacy of advocacy for social justice through music. Junior Gongs’ work on the topic is well established; and now with his latest first solo album debut on the horizon, Junior Gong aka Damian Marley is set to thrill his fans in Nairobi this month.
Although posters indicate he will perform in Carnivore, Damian confirming the concert on his website has indicated he will perform in KICC on 31st May 2017. Organizers of the concert, Head Cornerstone Entertainment have confirmed the venue will be at The Carnivore Grounds. Head Cornerstone is responsible for the Queen Ifrica and Capleton show that went down last year.
His tour in Africa kicks off in Zakifo festival in Durban South Africa, then a pit stop in Nairobi before heading to Shashamane (Ethiopia), a favorite stopover spot for Jamaicans of the Rastafari faith in paying homage to Emperor King Selassie.
“I know many reggae fans love and respect “Junior Gong” and will be anticipating for the dates to be set. The organizer of the said concert is believed to be the Youth Ministry arm of the Government and they were responsible for flying in Queen Africa and Capleton last year,” notes Kenyan Vibe.
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Damian Robert Nesta Marley, also known around the world as “Junior Gong” and more recently as “Gongzilla” was born in 1978 to parents Bob Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976.
At the age of 13, Damian began performing in a group called “The Shepherds” which comprised of Shiah Coore (son of Third World guitarist Cat Coore) and currently a member of his band, and Yashema Beth McGreggor, daughter of reggae singers Freddie Mcgreggor and Judy Mowatt and then began touring with his brothers, Stephen, Ky-Mani, Julian and Ziggy.
By 1996, Damian had already made his stamp as a different kind of Marley when he released his first solo album “Mr. Marley”, a heavily dancehall-influenced album produced by his brother Stephen Marley. His second album “Halfway Tree” was released in 2001 by a major record label and showcased Damian’s unique gift for blending dancehall, reggae and hip-hop styles. This album won Damian much recognition and remained on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Charts for 158 weeks and earned him his first Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2002.
His new first solo album is set for release on 21st July 2017 and featured revolutionary tracks like Nail Pon Cross, Livin’ It Up, Roar Fi a Cause, among many more.
This will be his first performance in Nairobi.
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