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Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley announce UK dates (2010)

Nas  and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

Story by Jack Foley

NAS and Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, whose hugely anticipated collaborative studio album Distant Relatives is released on Monday, May 17, 2010, have confirmed two major UK dates in July.

The hip hop and reggae legends will be performing with a full live band at Manchester Academy on July 16 (priced £25) and London’s Hammersmith Apollo on July 20 (priced £25 standing/£30 seated).

Tickets are now on sale from all the usual outlets.

Featuring the signature instrumentation and musicianship of Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley with the hard-hitting beats and lyrics of Nas, the album title refers not only to the bond between the artists, but the connection to their African ancestry, which inspired the album both musically and lyrically.

The album itself encompasses 14 tracks, including the first singles As We Enter and Strong Will Continue, which the duo premiered on the SOS Haiti Telethon benefit last month.

The album was produced by Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley and also features several guest appearances from Lil Wayne, who appears on the track Generation, K’NAAN on Africa Must Wake Up and Tribal War, and Stephen Marley on Leaders and In His Own Words.

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