Ahead of the commencement of the 30th Olympiad, Grammy award-winning artist, Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley delivered a massive showcasing at London’s O2 on Thursday, July 26. His appearance was associated with the ‘Respect Jamaica’s 50th” tour in London.
Subsequent to his dazzling of the overwhelming amount of supporters at the venue, there has been a blast of raving reviews via the internet. Internet reviews support the review from the London Evening Standard newspaper stating that “Bob's son steps out of his father's shadow bringing a relentless energy to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence.”
The night began at 9:30 p.m. in the busy London city and had its audience members captivated till the event’s very end with performances from the talented members of the Ghetto Youths International family. The opening acts included reputable performances from Christopher Ellis, and Wayne Marshall. Then, it was time for Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley to take the stage.
The hard-core Reggae artist was seen “bouncing away to a bass-heavy reggae rhythm” after the band warmed the hearts of the audience members with a smooth rendition of Bob Marley’s Sun Is Shining. The 90-minute set was filled with rich representations from each of his albums, bringing forth many favourites like Hey Girl, Beautiful, Land of Promise, and many more.
Damian, in nearing his set’s close, invited his brothers, Stephen and Julian Marley to join him on stage. The three jammed as Damian continued to deliver his high-level performance, also reeling out his ‘real’ sound and lyrics in Welcome to Jamrock.
He concluded the outstanding set paying tribute to his father through song, by chanting the lyrics of Bob Marley’s hit, Could You Be Loved, which also saw Marley sister, Cedella, join the three Marley men on stage.
Earlier this year, he flipped the switch and released a love song, Affairs of the Heart, which has planted itself in the minds of its listeners, like Bob Marley’s Turn Your Lights Down Low. In following Jr. Gong’s career, it is possible to see growth and development in all aspects.
Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley has been stirring up the reggae music airways since the release of his debut album, Mr. Marley, in 1996. The artiste is best known for his timeless hits It Was Written, Half Way Tree, Welcome to Jamrock, Road to Zion, The Mission, and has steadily been evolving.