Nas and Jr. Gong

Posted: April 16, 2010 in dancehall, Music, entertainment, radio, reggae, roots
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New Studio Album Distant Relatives Set To Drop May 18

Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley will go on tour starting May 21 in California.  The tour will follow the May 18 release of Distant Relatives (Universal Republic) album.  They have already performed at the annual music festival SXSW in Austin, TX.  They will also make a special performance on May 2 at West Palm Beach, FL’s SUNFEST before kicking off the tour.

Nigerian-born singer-songwriter Nneka who recently introduced her sound to America earlier this year through her US debut release, Concrete Jungle, will open for the duo on the tour.   In addition to announcing tour dates, Nas and Damian have released the official album cover, which was shot by Nabil Elderkin and designed by Nesta Garrick.

Featuring the signature instrumentation and musicianship of Damian with the hard-hitting beats and lyrics of Nas, the album title, Distant Relatives, refers not only to the bond between the artists, but the connection to their African ancestry, which inspired the album both musically and lyrically. Nas and Damian trace hip-hop?s roots to Africa, where the genre originated as a vital form of cultural expression and was then transported by the slave trade to the Caribbean and the American colonies. It blossomed a half century ago in the dancehalls of Kingston, Jamaica, and soon migrated to the park jams and recreational centers of New York City, where the culture became known as hip-hop. This evolution forms the basis of the Distant Relatives project.

The partnership between the two artistes is sure to amaze with an album encompassing 14 tracks including the highly buzzed about first singles As We Enter and Strong Will Continue. Distant Relatives was produced by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and also features several guest appearances including Lil Wayne, who appears on the track Generation, K’NAAN on Africa Must Wake Up and Tribal War, and Stephen Marley on Leaders and In His Own Words. For performance dates and more information including an EXTENDED VIDEO TRAILER about the album, project, and tour, please visit

source: Headline

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