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My roots are the main thing: Bob Marley's son

Nirmika Singh, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 22, 2012
First Published: 14:17 IST(22/12/2012) | Last Updated: 18:22 IST(23/12/2012)

The past few months have witnessed some of the most celebrated artistes and bands from across the world making their stage debuts in India. From Metallica and Slayer to Guns N' Roses, Santana and Swedish House Mafia, the flag bearers of almost every popular genre toured the country, enthralling eager crowds. The trend continues with Julian Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley, who will headline Live From The Console - a two-day music festival to be held in Goa on December 29 and 30.

He talks about music, carrying forward his father's legacy, and his plans during his visit to India.

For reggae fans in India, you're the guy carrying forward your father's legacy. As an original artiste, how challenging is it to live up to expectations?

Though I am my own person, I am greatly a part of my father and forefathers, and so we are all channelling one spirit. For me, my roots are the main thing. But we have many influences, and I bring what I have to offer to the world as an individual. Though we grow from the inspiration of all our forefathers, in my heart, the music comes from my father. That means spreading the message, the love and the spirit.

What are you looking forward to the most during your visit to India?

I have always wanted to come to India to perform and to experience its people and the vibes. I look forward to spreading the messages of reggae to all of our brothers and sisters in India.

Is there any Indian artiste you like/follow, or would like to collaborate with?

I am a lover of music in general. I connect to natural music in all genres, including jazz, classical, blues, hip-hop and dancehall. I listen to everyone and no one in particular as long as it is good music. I am open to collaborating with other artistes as long as we are on the same page. I look forward to being inspired by the musicians and sounds of India.

What are you currently working on?

I have started work on a relatively new project, which is in its early stages: the label (Ghetto Youths International) will be releasing a compilation album in early 2013 that will feature myself, as well as other artistes signed to the Ghetto Youths Label.

Any other cultural experiences you'd like to indulge in in India?

I look forward to meeting  people, experiencing the culture and curried snapper.

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