Damien Marley and Nasir Jones

August 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Nasir Jones performing at the "Distant Relatives" tour in New Jersey

“To come together and do some music on behalf of Africa. That is really what the whole thing’s about…” Those words from the mouth of Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley synopsize the appeal of “Distant Relatives” for me. Since I first heard about the collaboration between hip hop artist Nas and reggae/dancehall artist Jr. Gong, I’ve been waiting for a chance to see them perform. That chance comes August 30th when they bring their Distant Relatives Tour to the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. AFROfusion TV’s trendy host Khadia – a huge fan of both – already got a chance to see them when they performed in New Jersey. Needless to say she took some pictures with her phone, and you can view some of them here. The tour has been given high marks by most critics so far, and that’s not surprising. Both artists are at the top of their game, both are extremely skilled lyricists. But who better to hear such good and conscious lyrics and music from than these two. Nas, son of Jazz trumpeter Olu Dara. Damien Marley, son of Bob. “Africa must wake up…” he sings. As if in continuation of his father’s own lyrics: “…cause Jah children they wanna come home, yeah!” Amen to that. Stay tuned for more… tomorrow night is just hours away!!!

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