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Damian Marley to headline Respect Jamaica 50th festival

Bob Marley's youngest son will perform at a concert celebrating 50 years of Jamaican independence

Damian Marley is to headline the Respect Jamaica 50th festival in London later this month (July).

Also known as ‘Junior Gong’, the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, will take to the stage at London’s IndigO2 on July 26. It will be his first UK live appearance since his ‘Distant Relative’ shows with Nas in 2011.

The Jamaica 50th festival is billed as “a celebration of Jamaican culture to mark 50 years of independence”. Special guests at the event will include Damian’s half-brothers Stephen Marley and Julian Marley.

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Other performances at the Respect Jamaica 50th festival will come from notable Jamaican artists Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis, Black Am I and Jo Mersa.

Damian Marley released his first album, ‘Mr. Marley’, in 1996. He won a Grammy Award for his 2001 follow-up ‘Halfway Tree’ and two further Grammys for 2005’s ‘Welcome To Jamrock’. In 2010, he and rapper Nas released a collaborative album called ‘Distant Relatives’ and toured in support of it. Last year Marley took part in the SuperHeavy project with Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone and AR Rahman.

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