Guyana Independence Weekend Celebration with Damian Jr. Gong Marley 

Photos and feature by Empress K for Reggae Reflection. 

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The First Annual Food, Arts and Music (FAM) Festival was held  at the Providence Stadium in Georgetown, Guyana featuring Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley on Saturday 5/26/12  – celebrating Guyana’s 46th Year of Independence and Jr. Gong’s first appearance in Guyana. 

The FAM Festival was organized to recognize the diverse music and culture of the Guyanese people with various local, regional and international performances slated for both Saturday, 5/26 and Sunday, 5/27


Jr. Gong was the headliner for Saturday 5/26.   Backed by his own Empire band, their set kicked off about 11:30pm and included Ghetto Youths International Artistes Black am I and Wayne Marshall.   Damian performed songs from all three of his own albums as well as song selections from ‘Distant Relatives’, his collaborative album with Nas. His 2011 single  ‘Set up Shop’ was performed early in the set while his latest single  ‘Affairs of the Heart’ was reserved for later on. Receiving  an enthusiastic response from the audience when he asked the fans “If they love Bob Marley?”, he performed ‘Could You Be Loved‘ before an encore of ‘Get up Stand up’ and saving his well known and loved anthem ‘ Welcome to Jamrock’ for the final song of the evening.  Performing for about 2 hours, Damian made this a memorable moment  to mark the grand occasion of Guyana’s  46th Independence celebration. 

Damian Marley  – Live and Direct from Guyana (Click on photo to enlarge)

Damian Jr. Gong Marley live in Guyana – Affairs of the Heart

Special Moments behind the scenes and in  the crowd (Click on photo to enlarge)

A few photos in Guyana (click on photo to enlarge)

                                       Guyana  –  Did you know? 

  • Guyana Guyana is located in South America bordering Suriname and Venezuela. Guyana is one of the few caribbean countries that is not an 


  • Guyana was originally colonized by The Netherlands. Later, it became a British colony and remained so for over 200 years until it achieved independence on 26 May 1966.*
  • Guyana is the only English speaking country in South America.*
  • Georgetown is the capital and largest city in Guyana with an estimated population of 239,000+.*


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