Following a memorable performance at the Independence Grand Gala earlier this month and an impressive showcase at Reggae Sumfest in July, Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley is now making his way to Europe.
The Grammy Award-winning artiste will be appearing on a number of festivals before heading to studio to work on a new album that he hints can be expected next year.
"I am getting ready to go into the studio to start focusing on my next album as soon as the summer is finished. I have a few more dates, so as soon as those are done, the album will be next," he said.
Jr Gong heads to Europe for the Rototom Sunsplash in Spain, the Liverpool International Music Festival and Notting Hill Carnival on August 24, 25 and 26, respectively.
This year has been quite an eventful one for the Grammy Award-winning artiste who just finished working on producing Set Up Shop with Ghetto Youth International. Marley said that for him, making the transition from artiste to producer came naturally.
"It goes hand in hand for me because, I mean, even as an artiste, I've been producing myself for quite some time, along with my brother Stephen, so it's natural. I love evolution. We love expressing ourselves. Not all the time you express yourself through you singing a song, but you do it through creating beats or helping other people with songs. So it's just a growth musically to me," he said.
He continued, "My decision to produce other artistes came, well, because of the love of music, the love of production itself and the love of helping other people, helping other people grow. You can't really grow as a producer unless you have someone to produce."
As for balancing his appearances and tours with his career, Jr Gong said, "Sometimes it is challenging, but, I mean, what we try to do is really block off time now, so, for example, we are going to the studio. Therefore, for some time now, I wouldn't be doing a lot of shows just to be able to give me time to focus," he said.
Fans of the artiste can listen out for him on a freshly released track Bongo Nyah, a collaboration with his brother Stephen Marley and Spragga Benz featured on Stephen's new album due out by the end of the year.
Thousands flock to LIME Skool Aid
LIME Skool Aid, an annual back-to-school fair held at the Jamworld Centre, Portmore, enjoyed a massive turnout for its fourth staging on the weekend.
It was excitement from start to finish as the company spared no expense in creating an amazingly entertaining day for children and adults alike.
The event ran over two days to accommodate the support and interest from the public. The telecoms company invested over $20 million in the charity event, which has seen over 80,000 students getting assistance with back-to-school necessities over the years. Students were given medical and dentals checks as well as immunisations on spot. In addition, the children were treated to a wide array of fun activities, including Storyland, Sports Zone, water slide, reading and art and craft.
According to Carlo Redwood, VP of marketing at LIME, this is our way of giving back and alleviating some of the pressure for parents.
"In this current economic climate, there is no doubt that parents are feeling the pinch and so this is our way of providing some amount of relief from the many expenses they will face in sending their children back to school while also providing wholesome family entertainment," said Redwood.
Parents also flocked to the event to access school supplies, including books and uniforms at discounted prices, scholarships and other essential services. LIME had on offer, phone and Internet specials.
Carla Hollingsworth, brand manager, Pepsi, said that the company was extremely pleased to be a part of the event and wouldn't hesitate to jump on board next year.