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Island musics collides in Honolulu

    By Joanna Georgiev. June 11, 2013 - 7:55 pm


Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Jo Mersa & Christopher Ellis kick of their tour at WCC in Kahalui, Friday, June 14; they island hop to Oahu on Sat. June 15 at  Kaka’ako Waterfront Park.

Eagerly awaiting the chance to come perform and visit Hawaii, Jamaican reggae artist Wayne Marshall says that Hawaii is his most anticipated stop on the Set Up Shop Pacific Coast tour spanning from Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. Marshall is touring with Damian and Stephan Marley.

Marshall’s passion for music was ignited at a young age. He realized his deep appreciation for music.

“I used to be so touched by the music as a kid, a kid who was supposed to just be thinking about toys and basic mathematics and English,” he said. “I was always captivated by songs that I heard.”

In high school, Marshall’s friend pounded beats on the school desks while he sang. Marshall compiled an arsenal of original music.

“My friends encouraged me and pushed me to take my stuff on the road…it’s now been 13 years since I decided to dive straight into the music industry,” he said. “During this time I have been blessed to travel and perform all over the world.”

Marshall’s music is eclectic- piecing together sounds of hip-hop and reggae. He doesn’t limit himself to one particular genre and likes to build off of his predecessors and other artists he admires.  “My music reflects the Jamaican culture and reflection of dance, Jamaican sunshine, wood and water…the vibes are very similar to the island life I have seen in photos and videos of Hawaii,” he says.

Recently, Marshall has been devoted to the Marley-Owned Label, Ghetto Youth International founded by Bob Marley, which recently released a collaborative album ‘Set Up Shop Vol. 1’ featuring various Ghetto Youths International Artists.  The album peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart as well as the U.S. and Japan iTunes Reggae Album chart. ‘Set Up Shop Vol 1’ also landed the # 2 spot on iTunes Reggae Album chart in the United Kingdom.

Marshall promises that the hard work from the group will not stop there, and to look out for plenty volumes in the years to come. Marshall plans to release his GYI debut album TRU Colors this summer.

Marshall feels honored to work with the reggae heavyweights. “Working with the Marley’s is like somebody from England meeting the royal family.  It’s beyond inspirational, especially when you know who they are and what they do.”

“The Marley’s are one of the hardest working artists in reggae music. They have inherited so much but still do so much to establish themselves as individuals,” Marshall said. “They could have easily just chilled and lived off the legacy of their father but no that’s not them.”

Marshall describes his journey with the Marleys as an exhilarating reggae boot camp. In the past week, he has spent his days in the studio practicing for the shows ahead and can’t he can’t wait to give Hawaii a good show.

In between shows Marshall promised to take a breather and enjoy his time in the islands. He’s eager to try some local grinds. “Damian always says to me that you never know a culture fully until you try their foods.”

Brace yourself for a wave of feel good reggae vibes.

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