Ju­lian Marley up­beat about new set

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT - RICHARD JOHN­SON

ON Mon­day night, the up­per deck of the cruise liner In­de­pen­dence of the Seas rocked to the mu­sic of the sons of reg­gae su­per­star Bob Marley.

Sib­lings Ziggy, Stephen, Ky-mani and Damian were joined by Ju­lian, Bob Marley’s ninth child and fifth son. The Bri­tain-born Ju­lian is cur­rently deep into prepa­ra­tions for the re­lease of his fourth stu­dio al­bum.

“It’s called As I Am and it’s coming out this Jan­uary. It’s up­ful, it’s an up­beat al­bum Ev­ery song is dif­fer­ent. Hip hop feel, roots feel, and we have some funk, a lit­tle dance­hall and we have cou­ple fea­tures, Bee­nie Man, Spragga Benz and more. We did two videos, in­clud­ing Hey Jack which is coming up soon, it’s a new sin­gle and I’m ex­cited about that one. Cool In Ja­maica will be an­other one coming up soon. So all the tracks are ex­cit­ing,” the 42-year-old told the Ja­maica Ob­server fol­low­ing the per­for­mance with his broth­ers.

This al­bum comes 10 years af­ter the the re­lease of his last project, the Grammy-nom­i­nated Awake re­leased in 2009. Marley said the new project rep­re­sents more of what and who he is to­day.

“It’s a new day; a new age. Ba­si­cally, ev­ery­thing is just brand new. Brand new sound; just true in­spi­ra­tion day by day. For me, more up­beat, more tempo, and you have to lis­ten it to feel it. It’s called As I Am, which is say­ing that each song rep­re­sents some­thing with me. Each song is dif­fer­ent which shows my love for dif­fer­ent gen­res of mu­sic and dif­fer­ent sounds.”

Speak­ing of the per­for­mance on board the ves­sel. Marley agreed that it was some­thing spe­cial for the sib­lings and ex­plained a bit of the process in­volved in putting it to­gether.

“It was elec­tri­fy­ing for me; easy­go­ing and re­lax­ing too be­cause I’ve got my broth­ers singing so you get more time fi dance, more time fi rock and come een, so it was nice. It’s al­ways fun with our broth­ers and a pow­er­ful thing too. We re­hearse a few things but most of it is feel­ing. We all know the songs so it’s like ‘you... you sing then me sing next’ and so it de­pends on the flow so it’s a nat­u­ral flow.”

This Marley sib­ling also weighed in on last Thurs­day’s an­nounce­ment that UN­ESCO had granted reg­gae a cov­eted spot on the United Na­tions’ list of global cul­tural treasures.

“That is a re­al­ity that we know that we should re­spect our her­itage. Some­times we are home and we don’t re­spect our own and the whole world re­spects it. So we give thanks for the ap­pre­ci­a­tion and for show­ing that reg­gae mu­sic is still the peo­ple’s mu­sic right around the globe.”

Marley had to cut the cruise short, leav­ing the ves­sel im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the per­for­mance on Mon­day night in or­der to meet con­trac­tual per­for­mance obli­ga­tions in Mex­ico, where he is set to per­form with the Up­ris­ing Band this week­end. Once that is out the way, it’s straight into pro­mo­tions for the al­bum, get­ting all the sin­gles and videos out and start­ing a tour of the United States in Fe­bru­ary.

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