Damian Marley – Jamaican reggae and hip-hop singer
Damian Marley’s full name is Damian Robert Nesta Marley. He was born on 21 July 1978 in Kingston, Jamaica. His nickname Jr. Gong shows his relationship to the legendary reggae musician Bob Marley, who was his father. Bob died when Damian was just two years old. The singer was brought up by his mother, Cindy Breakspeare, who was titled Miss World in 1976.
Damian’s road to fame began when he was just 13 years old. He formed his own band Shepherds, which in 1992, performed at Reggae Sunsplash Festival. Besides Marley, the lineup included Freddie McGregor and Cat Core. However, the group didn’t stay together long. It fell apart in the 1990’s.
The label Tuff Gong, created by his father, helped Damian become successful. In 1996, he released the debut LP, Mr. Marley. It consisted of just 12 songs. "Trouble Featuring Stephen Marley", "Love and Unity", "Old War Chant", and "Kingston 12 became popular. The album reached the 2nd spot of Billboard’s Reggae Albums Chart.