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Damian Robert Nesta (Jr. Gong) Marley

Birthplace: Kingston, St Andrew Parish, Jamaica
Immediate Family:

Son of Bob Marley and Cindy Breakspeare
Husband of Private
Father of Private and Private
Half brother of Cedella (Ciddy) Marley; Ziggy Marley; Stephen Robert Nesta (Ragamuffin) Marley; Sharon Marley; Private and 8 others

Occupation: Musician, Singer, Artist, Music artist, Deejay, rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer
Managed by: Private User
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About Damian Marley

He is a reggae artist who has won three Grammy awards. Damian is the youngest son of Bob Marley.

Damian was two years old when his father Bob Marley died; he is the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. Damian's nickname Junior Gong is derived from his father's nickname of Tuff Gong. Marley has been performing since the age of 13. He shares, along with most of his family, a full-time career in music. Unlike his brothers and sisters, however, his musical specialty is "toasting", a Jamaican vocal technique that is a predecessor to rapping.

His 1996 debut was Mr. Marley,. His second release, Halfway Tree was released in 2001 and received the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. His third album, Welcome to Jamrock was released in September 2005. Welcome to Jamrock centers on poverty and politics in Jamaica. Marley stated that Welcome to Jamrock is about hope and that he wants to continue to spread that throughout his music. At the 2006 Grammy Awards, he won Best Reggae Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for Welcome to Jamrock. He is the only Jamaican reggae artist in history to win two Grammy Awards on the same night. He is also the only reggae artist to win in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category at the Grammy Awards. Welcome to Jamrock was considered the best reggae song of the decade by the New York Times. On May 17, 2010, Marley released Distant Relatives, a collaborative album with Nas. The album title is inspired by Nas and Damian’s relationship, but also their shared African ancestry, which is a common thread throughout the album.

Born as Damian Marley, he was nicknamed "Jr. Gong" in honour of his legendary father, Bob "Tuff Gong" Marley. He has 12 siblings total; 10 on his father's side and 2 on his mother's side. Damian was two years old when his father died, killed by the spread of melanoma to his lungs and brain, at 36 years of age. Marley has been in the music business since he was a child. He is a Rastafarian and his music reflects both his beliefs and the Rastafari guiding principles of one love, one planet, and freedom for all nations. While he travels and tours the better part of the year, his home base is split between Kingston, Jamaica and Miami, Florida. He has a younger half brother Christian and a half sister Leah from his mother Cindy. He is also a leading icon in the Caribbean.


   * 1996: Mr. Marley

* 2001: Halfway Tree
* 2005: Welcome to Jamrock
* 2010: Distant Relatives (with Nas)


alternate birth day was 7/21/1980

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Damian Marley's Timeline

July 21, 1978
Kingston, St Andrew Parish, Jamaica