Marley boys rock cruise

Observer senior reporter

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

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The spirit of reggae king Bob Marley was palpable aboard Independence of The Seas on the Ocho Rios leg of the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise on Monday.

Five of the icon's sons took the stage to deliver a scintillating performance which showcased their own repertoire, woven with anthems of their famous father.

Ziggy, Stephen, Ky-Mani, Julian and Damian all showed their individual strengths to more than 3,000 passengers aboard the vessel docked in the Ocho Rios pier.

The 90-minute performance kicked off with their father's ganja anthem, Kaya, with Ziggy on lead vocals.The brothers then took turns delivering his Rastaman Vibration, So Much Trouble, Heathen, Misty Morning, Running Away, Rebel Music, a spirited I Shot the Sheriff, militant Get Up Stand Up, and a smooth Satisfy My Soul.

So similar are the voices of the siblings, it was difficult to discern who was singing lead at times.

Ziggy's Justice was the perfect segue into to Damian's song of the same name. Julian's Boom Draw fit perfectly alongside Stephen's Medication. Then when they performed Exodus, it was only natural that Damian's Move would follow.

The Marleys brought the house down with Could You Be Loved, which provided a perfect cap for the set.

They were preceded by Jesse Royal, who delivered a tight entertaining set.

The Marleys were followed by Jah Cure, who again outdid himself and entertained thoroughly.

It was up to deejay Bounty Killer to close proceedings. He did just that at 3:00 am with a workman-like performance.

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