Saturday, 28 July 2012

OUT & ABOUT: Tarrus Riley + Rita Marley + Shaggy + Natel + Stephen Marley + Usain Bolt + Cedella Marley + Asafa Powell + Damian Marley

THE FRENCH CONNECTION: July 25, France. Fast-rising recording artist Natel is delighted to be in the company of the legendary Rita Marley, whom he met for the first time at the Garance Music Festival in Bagnols, France. The three-day festival (July 25-28) kicked off with performances by the likes of the I-Threes, Derrick Morgan, Bob Andy, Mr. Vegas and others.

KINDRED SPIRITS: July 26, England. The Marley siblings (Stephen, Damian, Julian and Cedella) on Thursday brought their trademark relentless energy to the London's IndigO2, the venue hosting the 'Respect 50' series of concerts in celebration of Jamaica's Golden Jubilee. The nightly concerts will continue through August 6.

FAMILY AFFAIR: July 26, England. Even new-generation Marley, Joe Mercer (left), was brought in on the family act, joining dad Stephen and uncles Damian and Julian for a centrestage moment under the lights. Per London's Evening Standard, the "lively" crowd thoroughly enjoyed Thursday's concert.

THE BRIGHT SIDE: July 24, England. Lighting up the room in vivid national colours, compatriots Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell have a laugh during the JAAA/JOA press conference on Tuesday at the Munrow Sports Complex on the grounds of the University of Birmingham.

SETTING IT: July 22, New York. Concertgoers who flocked to the Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on Sunday for the 2012 Grace Jerk Festival got a double dose of star power in the form of headliners Tarrus Riley and Shaggy, who shared the bill with the likes of gospel's Prodigal Son and comedic duo Ity & Fancy Cat.

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