Wednesday, 7 September 2016

REDEMPTION SONG: Striking visuals, powerful message anchor Damian Marley’s controversial “Nail Pon Cross”

IT IS FINISHED: Marley's latest clip is a deep, sometimes disturbing, visual statement.

“Let he that is without sin cast the first stone.” – The Bible

There’s a man being chased by an angry mob; a young woman mercilessly hounded by stone-throwers and a Rastaman (among others) hoisted on a light-post that seems to be a stand-in for a Crucifixion cross. 

Those are just a few of the striking images that leave a lingering impression after watching the clip for Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley’s “Nail Pon Cross,” the lead-off single from his upcoming and much-anticipated album, tentatively titled Stony Hill.

It’s a provocative, expertly shot music video that only needs some dialogue to work as a bruising short film.

In classic Junior Gong style, the song explores humanity, prejudices and human nature, while the video, which will surely ruffle feathers in conservative Christian quarters, wades deep into classic Biblical territory, referencing the Crucifixion, the condemnation of the woman caught in adultery, and all kinds of morality thrust under the microscope.

In playing the Rastaman on the ‘cross,’ perhaps it was Marley’s intention to highlight the similarities in the sort of persecution that Christ endured during his brief sojourn on Earth compared to what modern man has to face – while widening the conversation to encompass themes of race and class and colour and preferences.

For the most part, the video’s content arrestingly and fittingly illustrates the song’s message which, at its core, is centred on persecution, prejudices, right over wrong, and the dark and dangerous shades in between.


> HAVE YOUR SAY: What’s your take on the video – tasteful or too much? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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