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Welcome to Jamrock

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

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The emergence of another Marley son, Damian, as a hit-making force is one of the surprise music stories of 2005. At least one critic has called his “Welcome to Jamrock,” a doomy roots-style proclamation, the reggae song of the decade. Its namesake album is equally striking, varied both in music and mood. Damian fashions affectionate odes to women (the bouncing dancehall track “Beautiful,” the languid “There for You,” the old-school party reggae jam “All Night” with brother Stephen) while also issuing warnings of social trouble (“Pimpa’s Paradise”) and straight-up commands to dance (“Move!”). Jamrock is a strong sign of a continuing Marley dynasty, as well as the work of a man following his own imaginative path. This edition contains a bonus live version of the title tune.

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Neo-Purist Need Not Apply

Recognize a revolution will you please! Jr. Gong is not his father, neither is Julian. Ziggy.... maybe. But you so called reggae lovers need to understand that reggae is not just Bob Marley. Mr. Marley is roots and culture, so is Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, etc. Bounty Killer, Elephant Man are dance hall, Capelton is the educator / the prophet. Morgan Heritage are spiritual leaders, so on and so on. Jr. Gong, Mr. Broadway, Julian, Tanto and Metro, Devante, Mr. Vegas, Mr. Dutty Rock Sean Paul, These cats are lighting it up with a new sound a new fusion that takes the best of what you have to make gumbo. And if you have never had real gumbo, then miss me with that “but it’s not Bob Marley” crap! Mr. Marley is true roots and culture to never be duplicated. Do not judge to the master but add to the movement! Mo’ fire to those who regulate the sound of reggae. We must have freedom to cross all borders. Keep rockin' Jr. Gong!

Jr. Gong maturing

Danceable tunes ( Hey Girl, Move!,) solid roots reggae (We're Gonna Make It, There for You) and dancehall riddims all combine for a massively solid experience from the youngest offspring of the legendary Bob Marley. Masterful samples of papa's work (Move! Pimpa's Paradise). Lyrics and style on dancehall tunes are tasteful, contemporary and moving. Jr Gong's voice has matured as well compared to earlier works, at times the resemblance to his father is spooky. The highlight for me is All Night, a popish dance tune with a hook that will stick in your head "all night". This is the best new reggae album in a decade.

Not my thing

This record was recommended to me by a friend of mine and fellow musician... but I can't say that I've really enjoyed it much. While the arrangements are interesting and the muscianship is top-notch, this is basically a hip-hop record, not a reggae record. If you're looking for reggae that leans more towards the roots style, this record will probably offend you. If you're into the more aggressive dancehall-hiphop style, then you'll probably love the record-- as I've said, he's not lacking in talent or musicality: the grooves are solid, his vocals are strong and the arrangement/production is good. But the songs themselves were not the kind of reggae that I enjoy.

Biography

Born: July 21, 1978 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Damian Marley was only two when his father died, but the youngest of the Marley sons must have learned something. At the age of 13, he formed his first band, the Shepherds, which also included the son of Third World's Cat Coore and the daughter of Freddie McGregor; the group even opened up the 1992 Reggae Sunsplash festival. By 1994, Damian was working on his own solo project, and with the help of his father's label, Tuff Gong, he recorded Mr. Marley. Also lending a familial air to the sessions was...
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Welcome to Jamrock, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, Dancehall
  • Released: Sep 13, 2005

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