An angel told me, Jah is hearing our prayers each day, regardless of our faith, and even though so many of his children stray, our good deeds are never wasted. So believe it, or not you’re special in your own way, and your existence is a must! Are lyrics from Damian Marley’s 4th studio album titled “Stony Hill.” The youngest veteran of the legendary Marley family delivers love, vibes, and Rastafari to a crowd of roots, rock, reggae, and dancehall fanatics.
The “Stony Hill Tour” with both nights being sold out at New York City’s Irving Plaza, was a clear indication that music for the conscious mind is alive and thriving.
A rebel with a cause, artist Kabaka Pyramid is the opening act for the “Stony Hill Tour.” He empowers fans with a song titled “Can’t Breathe,” which focuses on bringing awareness to a governmental system, that keeps its people stressed, depressed, and oppressed, so much that they begin to feel suffocated and hemmed in. His musical rendition of “Ring The Alarm” by Tenor Saw, fueled a fire within the audience, that a collective “ Bap Bap Bap” accompanied by two fingers in the air, could be seen, and heard throughout the building. Effortlessly showing lyrical skillfulness, Kabaka Pyramid connected with spectators, and encouraged fans to sing along with him, making his performance their own.
With Damian Marley being the executive producer of Kabaka Pyramid’s forthcoming album “Contraband,” he is sure to leave a distinctive mark on this genre of music.
A lively, colorfully dressed Emcee, with an excessive amount of Rastafarian pins, buttons and beads approached the stage at Irving Plaza “Are you ready!?” He shouts to the crowd, “Yeahhhhh,” they hollered back. “ Ladies and gentleman, I proudly present to you, all the way from
Kingston Jamaica, Damian Jr Gong Zilla Marley.”
The crowd erupts with whistles and handclaps. Starting his show by chanting to the most high, Damian Marley sets the precedent for what was to come. He humbled fans with songs like “So A Child May Follow” and “Nail Pon Cross,” these tracks invoke listeners to, search within themselves, lead by example, and to refrain from being quick to judge. Performing his father’s classic hit “Is This Love” the spirit of Sir Bob Marley, entered the atmosphere and took over the show. When he performed “Welcome To JamRock” live, you understood why rap greats like Jayz & Nas hold him in high regard. The “Stony Hill Tour” is a complete package of rejuvenation for the mind, body and soul, equipped with background dancers, that are full of vigor and vitality, a flagman who stands firm, waving you into each song, and one undeniably talented musician, carrying the Marley legacy on his shoulders, like his heavy locks. Damian Jr. Gong Marley has rooted himself into the intricate music mainframe while creating his own pathway within a musical dynasty. “Stony Hill” the album & tour is Damian Marley’s road to Zion, and he treads it well. Jah Rastafari!
Words by, #OhhSoValid