It’s true- I love Bob Marley. He is the one whose music I listen to when I’m having a bad day or when I just want to calm down my mind. But another good thing about him is his son Damian Marley! His Dancehall-Reggae-R&B-inspired music caught my attention the minute I heard it and I have been a huge fan ever since. Sadly, he never seems to tour in Europe, and when he does then I’m either in the wrong country or too late with buying tickets. But when I noticed that he is going to perform at a festival close to my hometown, I didn’t hesitate long and got myself a ticket. And now the time has finally come: I have seen a Marley perform live on stage, and I couldn’t be happier. Damian’s performance was incredible and more than I have ever expected.

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Damian Marley/©Antonia Künzel

Before he appeared on stage, his band members played an instrumental version of his father’s Sun Is Shining. After that, his flag holder (is that even an expression?) came in, holding the flag of Zion followed by Marley opening up the show with Make It Bun Dem.

From No Justice to Hey Girl to the Bruno Mars collaboration Liquor Store Blues, the Jamaican-born artist also performed some of his Dad’s classics, such as War/No More Trouble or Could You Be Loved. He rocked the stage with such a dedication and motivated the enthusiastic festival crowd to celebrate with him. While many artists these days (I don’t want to mention who now) mostly sing playback and barely deliver a proper live-show anymore, I have to say that Damian Marley only had his amazing background-singers as a back-up!

So as you can probably tell after reading this, I enjoyed myself a lot and didn’t regret flying from London to Germany only to attend his show.