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Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley is a Jamaican reggae artist and the youngest son of iconic reggae musician Bob Marley. Damian was two years old when his father 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, Tuff Gong.
Damian Marley is back on the road, promoting his newly released Stony Hill album. The native Jamaican recently told an intimate crowd at a listening session at Los Angeles’ NightBird Studio that his focus on the 18-track project was laser sharp this past year as he ground out the recordings in the West Coast city and Miami. He also revealed why this album is very personal to him. “Stony Hill is a place in Jamaica where I grew up, so it’s kind of paying homage to my upbringing,” he shared in a recent interview.
J Boog is a singer who fuses reggae with R&B, hip hop, and rock. He was born in Long Beach, California, but primarily raised in Compton. Of Samoan ancestry (his father was a tribal chief in his neighborhood), Boog’s first influence was his sister, who sang and played piano. When she got a book of Bob Marley’s classic songs, Boog began singing along and his music career evolved from there. Raised on an eclectic musical diet of classic reggae, West Coast hip hop, vintage R&B, and a dash of hard rock, Boog gravitated to the laid-back attitude. His latest album is Wash House Ting, released last fall.
Photo Credit: Damian Marley