"You don't think that my music is real reggae music?" he retorts gruffly. When he is reassured that this, of course, is not the case, his voice softens. "Look, of course you have people like Burning Spear, Bunny Wailer, those of my father's generation.... But look, 50 Cent sampled Bob Marley's music and got a lot of airplay. The remix with Biggie is getting a lot of love in the urban community. There's different ways of helping the music to grow and branch out," he explains. Young Marley is continuing the trend of making roots reggae more radio-friendly. His next single will be a duet with Bobby Brown, titled "Beautiful."
This weekend Damian will pay homage to his father before an eager audience. The festival's admission price has even decreased a little, down to $23 plus four cans of food. Marley is planning on giving a stellar performance. "I'll bring the energy as usual. You can look forward to all of the brothers to come through and give you the same standard that you know the family always bring. It's a show we do for years now, so the people know what they come to see."
Damian Marley will put on a blazing show
Saturday, February 25. Admission is $23 plus
four cans of food brought to the festival. Call
305-358-5885 or visit www.ticketmaster.com