‘Jr. Gong’ Marley rocks National Stadium at first ever FAM Fest
Guyanese came out in their thousands on Saturday night to witness Damian Jr. Gong Marley, the son of the late reggae icon Bob Marley, perform at the National Stadium for the inaugural “FAM” Festival. Marley gave a solid performance which not only proved that he was an artiste, but an exceptional entertainer like his father.
Saturday night’s show got off to a relatively early start since promoters were eager to finish by midnight. Local artistes kick started the programme and had the crowd upbeat before the climax of the show. Local reggae group ‘First Born’, along with Alabama all gave great performances, but it was ‘Mystic’ who really stood out.
Mystic, whose real name is Romeo Nermal, and hails from Port Mourant, Berbice, is one of the fast upcoming artistes out of the Brutal Tracks Studio, and is certainly one to watch.
After the local talent was showcased, it was time for the foreign artistes to take to stage.
As the rain drizzled slightly, Marley’s band was on stage warming up.
His introduction to the stage brought pure excitement as the crowd screamed, ready to be taken away by Marley’s smooth voice.
Everyone was singing along with Marley as he belted out some of his popular songs such as ‘Affairs of the heart’; , Road to Zion, and ‘As we enter’; ‘Strong will continue’; ‘Land of the promise’; ‘Still searching’, ‘Halfway Tree’ and others.
It would not have been a true reggae show if Marley did not show respect for his father by singing a few of his hits.
Songs such as ‘Is this love’; Three Little Birds and ‘Exodus’ sent the crowd into a frenzy. Everyone was hyped, and Marley was obviously enjoying the vibe from the crowd.
Marley briefly invited Jamaican artiste, Wayne Marshall who sang one of his popular songs ‘Messing with my heart’ and ‘Good Love’.
It was shortly after 01:00hrs and Marley was still singing.
After singing one of his father’s signature songs ‘Stand up for ya rights’, Marley thanked the crowd for coming out.
However, he returned later for an encore, declaring that he could not leave without singing one of his biggest songs ‘Welcome to Jamrock’. This was the last song of the evening which brought the curtains down on the first night of FAM. The show was undoubtedly a major hit which had patrons fully satisfied.
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley has won three Grammy awards. He is the youngest son of Bob Marley. He was two years old when his father, died.
Damien is the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976.