When it comes to promoting African pride, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley is a global sound ambassador. He recently lent Rastaman vibrations to Jay-Z’s reworking of Sister Nancy’s dancehall classic “Bam Bam.” He even collaborated with Nas to produce an entire album centering the concerns and conscious reawakening of the African diaspora on 2010’s Distant Relatives.
But, as he tells NPR, “You can’t just be talking about Africa and not go.” So in 2017, Marley did just that by taking a musical sojourn to Africa and documenting the trip, which also retraces some of his father Bob Marley’s footsteps on the continent. “It was very important for that reason for me to actually get my feet on the soil.”
Originally a three-part doc directed by B+, Stony Hill to Addis documents the African leg of Jr. Gong’s 2017 tour preceding the release of his first solo album (Stony Hill) in 10 years. After a Tidal-exclusive debut this summer, he’s debuting the wide release of the short doc on NPR Music.