Internationally-acclaimed Reggae artiste, Damian Marley aka Junior Gong has an optimistic outlook for the New Year following a rather successful 2011.
Marley enjoyed several accomplishments during 2011, including a completion of his Distant Relatives tour alongside hip-hop superstar, Nas as well as the formation a new super group, Super Heavy including British songstress, Joss Stone and Rolling Stones front man, Mick Jagger. Their subsequent, self-titled debut album and the success of other collaborative efforts such as Jah Army with Stephen Marley and Liquor Store Blues alongside R&B sensation, Bruno Mars rose Marley’s international stock as he continues to build a legacy somewhat reminiscent of his legendary father, Bob Marley.
Looking ahead to 2012, Damian Marley seeks to enhance his international reputation once more. In a recent interview published via the website of Reggaeville Magazine, Marley hopes to unveil new projects as well as groom some of his family members, such as Joseph and Daniel Marley, who each released singles last year.
SuperHeavy, the supergroup made up of Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, AR Rahman, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley and Dave Stewart, have posted the video for their debut single online.
The video is for “Miracle Worker”, which is the first track taken from the group’s self titled debut album, which is due out on September 19. The album has been produced by Jagger and Stewart.
The track is heavily reggae influenced, with Stone, Jagger and Damian Marley sharing lead vocals. The song’s video also features The Rolling Stones man in an extremely dashing pink suit.
Jagger has previously compared Super Heavy to The Rolling Stones, claiming:
“If you’re a Rolling Stones fan there’s definitely stuff you can relate to. Other stuff that you can’t relate to so much, maybe if you listen you’ll enjoy it. I don’t think it’s so far off the beaten track that you can’t understand it.”
Rolling Stones Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones has reportedly formed a new supergroup with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, British soul singer Joss Stone, Indian musician and producer A.R. Rahman, and Jamaican reggae artist Damian Marley, the youngest son of Bob Marley. The group have apparently been recording together for the last 18 months, but have yet to release an album or give a public performance. They are currently calling themselves Super Heavy.
The New York Post has received conflicting information as to how serious this group is. One source claims that Super Heavy have finished a record and a video and are now in the process of negotiating a deal with at least one major label. Another source, a representative for Jagger, says the group simply “thought it would be interesting and great fun to go into the studio and play some music.” According to this source, no video has been shot and there is no record label involved.
Jagger is not the first Rolling Stone to start a new band. Keith Richards, whose 2010 autobiography “Life” repeatedly rakes Jagger over the coals, formed a group called X-pensive Winos in 1987, when the Rolling Stones were on hiatus. Though the X-pensive Winos have not recorded or performed together in years, Richards has recently revealed that they are now working on a new project. The Rolling Stones have not released an album since 2005 and have not toured as a group since 2007.