Amidst their Ghetto Youth’s International “Set Up Shop” tour, Stephen Marley has released a new single titled “Bongo Nyah” which features guest appearances by Spragga Benz & Damian Marley. Plus Julian Marley has been added to GYI Tour!
Ghetto Youths International is the family-owned record label incorporated in 2002 by Bob Marley’s sons Julian, Stephen and Damian. The entity allows the brothers to work closely with each other on musical collaborations and release a catalog of works featuring a new crop of artists as well as their own material.
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The GYI – Set Up Shop tour kicked off on June 14th in Maui, Hawaii and will end at The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA. The tour is in support of their recent Set Up Shop Vol. 1 Compilation that was released back in February on the Ghetto Youths imprint. The 14 track compilation features Jo Mersa, Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis, Stephen Marley, Julian Marley, Damian Marley and more!
The album peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart and 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.
The Ghetto Youths movement will continue this summer with solo projects from the next generation of Jamaican reggae stars. Dancehall artist and songwriter Wayne Marshall is set to release his GYI debut album TRU Colors and new EPs will follow from Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis (the youngest son of legendary Jamaican vocalist Alton Ellis) and Jo Mersa (the second-generation offspring of Bob Marley and eldest son of Stephen “Ragga” Marley).
Stephen “Ragga” Marley’s new studio album is also slated for release this year.
In the meantime, enjoy the latest single “Bongo Nyah” courtesy of Stephen Marley, featuring Spragga Benz & Damian Marley.
Set Up Shop Upcoming Tour Dates:
June 21 @ Cuthbert Amphitheater. Eugene, OR
June 22 @ Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. Boonville, CA
June 23 @ Avila Beach Resort. Avila Beach, CA
June 25 @ Belly Up. Solana Beach, CA
June 26 @ Belly Up. Solana Beach, CA
June28 @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Sound Waves Pool Stage. Las Vegas, NV
June 29 @ Santa Barbara Bowl. Santa Barbara, CA
June 30 @ Hollywood Bowl. Los Angeles, CA
July 2 @ Belly Up . Solana Beach, CA
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Article By: Mike Patti
Photo By: David Norris