Damian Marley to meld reggae styles in Aspen

Damian Marley to meld reggae styles in Aspen

The child of reggae king Bob Marley and 1976 Miss World Cindy Breakspeare, Marley lived in two worlds: his father’s musical realm, which revolved around downtown Kingston, Jamaica, and his mother’s well-to-do uptown existence. Halfway Tree is the name of the roundabout that separates downtown from uptown Kingston.

But the 28-year-old, the youngest son of Bob Marley, straddled a musical world as well. From his father, he got a massive hit of roots reggae, a style that emphasizes conscious lyrics, gentle Caribbean rhythms and live instrumentation. However, in the ’80s, which were the younger Marley’s formative decade, dancehall had become the rage in Jamaica. Analogous to American hip-hop, dancehall was a fiercer type of music in its lyrics and beats. Moreover, it was a style oriented to DJs and producers, heavy on sampling existing tracks.

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