Hailing from a family of musicians, and who also garnered praise in the form of The Melody Makers, Damian Marley has also embraced his roots by following in the footsteps of his father by pursuing a career in reggae music that began in 1996 with the release of Mr. Marley.
The lyrical content of his work until now, and especially the album “Welcome to Jamrock” which was released in 2005 was very similar to the music that his late father, Bob Marley, created. This album took note of the poverty and the politics that is a part of the Jamaican culture and centred around the theme of hope that Damian wanted to continue to spread through his music, much like his father had done.
The applause was nothing short of sensational as Damian became the only reggae artists to win two Grammy awards on the same night, while receiving accolades from The New York Times in touting the title song ‘Welcome to Jamrock” to be the biggest reggae song of the decade.
In recent times, Damian has released another album that celebrates his African ancestry called “Distant Relatives”, while also playing live with a slew of popular musicians apart from his family members who also pursue full-time careers in music themselves.
And if that’s not enough, he has the distinction of being one of the few musicians who has a football club named after him, FC Zion, and has reached iconic status amongst his generation for his contribution to reggae music in the Caribbean.