DAMIAN MARLEY ADDS EXTRA DATE FOR
RESPECT JAMAICA 50 FESTIVAL
Triple Grammy award-winning Reggae artist Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley is to headline back-to-back shows at London’s IndigO2. Huge demand has led to the scheduling of an additional show on Friday 27 July to accompany his existing performance on Thursday 26 July as part of the Respect Jamaica 50 Celebrations. The youngest son of Bob Marley will be delivering his trademark blend of Dancehall Reggae to thousands of fans with hits like ‘Welcome To Jamrock’, ‘As We Enter’, ‘Affairs Of The Heart’ and ‘Set Up Shop’. Damian will be performing alongside his brothers Stephen & Julian plus other special guests.
Rob Hallett, President of International Touring atAEG Live, said: “the response to Damian Marley’s original show was so overwhelming we simply had to add another date. This country has always had an incredible passion for Jamaican music and it’s fantastic that we can offer fans another chance to catch one of the biggest stars around”. Respect Jamaica 50 will be celebrating 50 Years of Jamaican Independenceat The O2 and its multiple venues including IndigO2 as The Arena is transformed into a Caribbean oasis with over 50 Artists taking centre stage.
The two-week extravaganza - July 25 to August 6 - will include a multitude of legendary Jamaican Singers, DJs, Writers, Comedians, Actors and Poets showcasing the cultural depth and diversity of the nation. All key Olympic Events will be screened live to ensure none of the action is missed. Supported by the Jamaican Government, Respect Jamaica 50 will add a taste of Caribbean flavour to what’s set to be a great summer for Jamaica.
Other Artists confirmed for the two-week O2 Arena showcase include Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Jimmy Cliff, Junior Murvin, Shaggy, Tappa Zukie, Mutabaruka, John Holt, Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Toots & The Maytals, Young Toots, Horace Andy, Morgan Heritage, Raging Fyah, Yellowman, Dennis Alcapone, Benjamin Zephaniah, U-Roy, The Abyssinians, Winston Reedy, Mad Professor, Mighty Diamonds, Leroy ‘Heptones’ Sibbles, Marcia Griffiths, Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Johnny Clarke, Derrick Morgan, Max Romeo, Jah9, Sir Lloyd Coxsone, Michael Prophet, Gaylads, Bob Andy, Fatman Hi Fi and Jah Shaka Sound System.
For more information visit: www.respectjamaica50.co.uk
JAMAICA TAKES OVER THE O2 ARENA
TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE
Over 50 Acts including Damian Marley, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Jimmy Cliff, & Junior Murvin Performs
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence, The O2 Arena and its multiple venues including IndigO2, transforms itself into a Caribbean Oasis as over 50 Artists takes Centre Stage as part of Respect Jamaica 50. The two-week extravaganza - July 25 to August 6 - showcases a multitude of legendary Jamaican Singers, DJs, Writers, Comedians, Actors and Poets highlighting the Cultural depth and diversity of this esteemed nation.
Supported by the Jamaican Government, Respect Jamaica 50 adds a touch of Caribbean flavour to what’s set to be a great summer for Jamaica! Among the Musicians flying in to the capital is triple Grammy award-winning Reggae artist Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley (Bob’s youngest son) bringing his trademark blend of Dancehall Reggae with hits like ‘Welcome To Jamrock’ and ‘As We Enter’. Junior Murvin joins him with his 1976 international hit ‘Police And Thieves’, that had cemented his place in Reggae history. Another decorated artist is Dub veteran Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry who has worked with the likes of Bob Marley & The Wailers. Perry is considered one of the Godfathers of the scene with over half a century of music under his belt. Jimmy Cliff will also be wowing the crowds with breakout hits like ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’ and ‘Sitting In Limbo’.
Rob Hallett, President of International Touring at AEG Live, said: “Having held a lifelong affection for Jamaica and its culture, I am honoured that AEG Live, along with Jamaica 50, will be presenting the entertainment as part of Jamaica’s Official London Celebrations - 50 Years Of Independence - with the greatest array of Jamaican talent, over 12 nights, that this country has ever seen”. Director of the Jamaica 50 Secretariat, Robert Bryan said: “Jamaica is excited to be associated with AEG Live to present Jamaica 50. The Jamaica 50 Secretariat recognises this as an official celebratory event of Jamaica’s Jubilee celebrations and is delighted that such an outstanding line-up can be made available during the London 2012 Games, when we expect even more great Jamaican moments. Jamaica House, located in the 02 Arena during the Olympic Games, will also be showcasing and providing an authentic Jamaican experience in honour of this special year”.
A stunning feast of Authentic Jamaican Food & Drink will be on hand during the Festivities for everyone to enjoy. All key Olympic Events will be screened at the venues to ensure none of the action is missed including Jamaica’s hotly anticipated 100m Gold Medal run. For those in search of something light-hearted, some of the finest contenders in Jamaican Comedy will be providing the laughs at Proud2 from July 27 to August 6. Other outstanding Cultural events are Messenger: The Bob Marley Exhibition at the BME, July 24 to October 22. Visitors can explore a retrospective featuring personal memorabilia, candid photographs, old concert posters, records, music clips and archive video footage.
Other Artists confirmed include Shaggy, Tappa Zukie, Jamaican Legends Band, Mutabaruka, John Holt, Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Toots & The Maytals, Young Toots, Horace Andy, Morgan Heritage, Raging Fyah, Yellowman, Dennis Alcapone, Benjamin Zephaniah, U-Roy, The Abyssinians, Winston Reedy, Mad Professor, Mighty Diamonds, Leroy ‘Heptones’ Sibbles, Marcia Griffiths, Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Johnny Clarke, Derrick Morgan, Max Romeo, Jah9, Sir Lloyd Coxsone, Michael Prophet, Gaylads, Bob Andy, Fatman Hi Fi and Jah Shaka Sound System.
Guests can also look forward to Exclusive Merchandise, special offers for multiple ticket purchases and Surprise Performances across the Schedule of Events. All this promises to provide an exhilarating backdrop to mark a defining moment in history.
JAMAICAN LEGENDS TOUR
Ernest Ranglin, Monty Alexander, Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare on Exclusive UK Tour -
Icons of Reggae join forces to create Super-group for Showpiece Dates
The Jamaican Legends are excited to announce the dates for their unique UK tour this summer. The virtuoso union will see Jamaican legends Ernest Ranglin, Monty Alexander, Sly Dunbar
and Robbie Shakespeare
together for a short series of one-off spectaculars to celebrate 50 Years of Jamaican Independence
. The sensational quartet will be collaborating at just four exclusive dates from July 29th to August 1st in major cities across the UK. Each Artist brings with them decades of creativity and experience in creating and developing the sound of modern Jamaican music. The tour kicks off at London’s IndigO2
at The O2 Arena followed by performances in Birmingham, Manchester
Ernest Ranglin leads the group on guitar. He is best known for his session work at the famed Studio One [with legendary producer Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd] and helped give birth to the Ska genre in the late ‘50s. Ranglin’s collaborators have included a wide variety of renowned artists like Bob Marley, Monty Alexander and Jimmy Cliff. Jazz pianist Monty Alexander is known for fusing a strong Caribbean influence into his work. He has produced countless individual records; performed and recorded with artists from every musical spectrum including heavyweights Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson and many others.
Completing the quartet are the ‘Riddim Twins’ Sly Dunbar
and Robbie Shakespeare
who joined forces in the ‘70s. Establishing themselves
separately as professional musicians in Jamaica, they have played on and produced thousands of recordings. The pair had linked up with a vast array of prominent Jamaican musicians from Beenie Man to Sean Paul but, had produced for artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and Sting.
The Jamaican Legends Tour is part of the celebrations for the Respect Jamaica 50 festival. The two-week event celebrates 50 Years of Jamaican Independence in various venues at London’s impressive O2 Arena and represents one of the greatest celebrations of Jamaican Music & Culture the UK has ever seen. See above for other confirmed Artists.