Nas and Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley Live Performance on KCRW

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Nas and Damian Marley by Jeremiah Garcia
Nas and Damian Marley by Jeremiah Garcia (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

About 150 people were in attendance when KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad hosted an intimate performance with hip-hop icon Nas and Grammy award-winning reggae artist Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley (Bob’s youngest son) last week at Producer Bob Clearmountain’s studio. It was a magical night and we’re happy to share it with you as it is now available in the archives! Garth will also be playing excerpts from the performance and a short interview on air tonight at 9pm PST.

Watch/listen to it here:

Nas and Damian’s new album, “Distant Relatives,” is centered around the theme of Africa. The pair told Garth this “passion project” was based on a mutual admiration of each other’s music and is a nod to their respective musical family trees.  They even opened up about their famous fathers.

“As a kid, he’d be traveling from country to country coming back with foreign money, showing me. He came back with money from everywhere and I noticed everybody else had jobs, 9 to 5’s, but he was kind of like his own boss and put together his whole band and he wrote songs with them and, to me, that was like a real life for me – something I could control, I could create,” said Nas about jazz musician Olu Dara. “I could create things and then go out there in front of people and show people what I created and they could relate to it. That give and take, that relationship between the music and the people – I like that. That’s what I was digging.”

Meanwhile, Marley attributes much of his success to a “firm foundation” of family. “I was obviously very young when my father passed from the flesh. So a lot of what I know of him and learned about him is from my older brothers and sisters…And otherwise, knowing what my father stand for outside of just being a musician, you know what I mean, standing up to be a rebel, a revolutionary, at the same time a humanitarian — all of these things has had a great influence on the person I’ve become, let alone, just the musician I’ve become.”

Set List

As We Enter

Count your blessings


Promise Land


Made you look



Road To Zion

Africa Must Wake Up