Nas and Damian Marley 2010 tour dates + Distant Relatives

Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley Announce Official Tour Dates For Their Groundbreaking 'Distant Relatives Tour' Set To Kick Off May 21st in Arcata, CA

Nas and Damian Marley

Tour Includes Performances at Bonnaroo and Gathering of The Vibes

Tickets For All Dates On-Sale April 2nd

New Studio Album Distant Relatives Set To Drop May 18th

Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley have announced the official tour dates for their groundbreaking "Distant Relatives Tour," set to kick off May 21st in Arcata, CA.

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The tour will follow the May 18th release of their highly-anticipated collaborative studio album, Distant Relatives (Universal Republic), and will include performances at Bonnaroo, June 11th and Gathering of The Vibes, August 1st.

The pair recently performed at the annual music festival SXSW in Austin, TX, as well as WMC's Ultra Music Festival in Miami this past weekend.

They will also make one more special performance on May 2nd at West Palm Beach, FL's SUNFEST before kicking off the tour.

Nas and Damian Marley - Distant Relatives

Opening for Nas and Damian during their landmark tour is Nigerian-born singer-songwriter Nneka, who recently introduced her sound to the America earlier this year through her US debut release, Concrete Jungle. In addition to announcing tour dates, Nas and Damian have released the official album cover (featured here on, which was shot by Nabil Elderkin and designed by Nesta Garrick.

Watch Distant Relatives Interview (VEVO @ SXSW) video - Nas and Damien Marley talk about their upcoming project together from SXSW 2010:

OFFICIAL 2010 tour dates:

(Dates and information subject to change.)

May 2010

May 2nd West Palm Beach, Fl Sunfest
May 21st Arcata, CA Arcata Community Center
May 22nd Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater
May 23rd Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo
May 25th Oakland, CA Fox Theater
May 26th Santa Barbara, CA University of California, Santa Barbara
May 28th Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
May 29th Las Vegas, NV The Joint
May 30th Valley Center, CA Harrah's Rincon - Open Sky Theater
May 31st Los Angeles, CA UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival

June 2010

June 2nd Santa Fe, NM Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
June 8th Houston, TX House of Blues
June 9th Austin, TX Stubb's Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater
June 11th Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music Festival
June 12th Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
June 13th Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
June 27th Brussels, BE Couleur Cafe Festival
June 28th Paris, FR Paris Hip Hop Festival

July 2010

July 1st Arendal, NO Hovefestival
July 3rd Cologne, DE Summerjam
July 4th Gdynia, PL Heineken Opener Festival
July 6th Copenhagen, DK Vega
July 7th Hultsfred, SE Hultsfred Festival
July 9th Frauenfeld, CH Openair Frauenfeld
July 10th Montreux Vaud, CH Montreux Jazz Festival - Miles
July 11th Rotterdam Holland North Sea Jazz
July 13th Hamburg, DE Stadtpark
July 14th Munich, DE Tollwood Festival
July 16th Manchester, UK Manchester Academy
July 17th Dublin, IE Tripod
July 20th Hammersmith, UK Hammersmith Apollo
July 23rd Gräfenhainichen, DE Splash Festival
July 31st Brooklyn, NY Williamsburg Waterfront

August 2010

August 1st Bridgeport, CT Gathering of The Vibes Festival

* Stay Tuned to as More Tour Dates Will Be Announced*

**Africa Dates To Be Announced This Summer**

Tickets on-sale April 2nd and can be purchased at all TicketMaster outlets

Featuring the signature instrumentation and musicianship of Damian with the hard-hitting beats and lyrics of Nas, the album title, Distant Relatives, refers not only to the bond between the artists, but the connection to their African ancestry, which inspired the album both musically and lyrically.

Nas and Damian trace hip-hop's roots to Africa, where the genre originated as a vital form of cultural expression and was then transported by the slave trade to the Caribbean and the American colonies. It blossomed a half century ago in the dance halls of Kingston, Jamaica, and soon migrated to the park jams and recreational centers of New York City, where the culture became known as hip-hop. This evolution forms the basis of the Distant Relatives project.

The partnership between the two artists is sure to amaze with an album encompassing 14 tracks including the highly buzzed about first singles "As We Enter" and "Strong Will Continue". Distant Relatives was produced by Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and also features several guest appearances including Lil Wayne, who appears on the track "Generation," K'NAAN on "Africa Must Wake Up" and "Tribal War," and Stephen Marley on "Leaders" and "In His Own Words."

For performance dates and more information including an EXTENDED VIDEO TRAILER about the album, project, and tour, please go to

About Universal Republic Records

Universal Republic Records, launched in 1995 by Monte and Avery Lipman, has quickly evolved into one of the most successful new labels of the last decade. A division of Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, Universal Republic is home to a diverse array of superstar artists as well as innovative imprints and digital business ventures. It is comprised of Universal Republic and Republic Nashville Records, and is in partnerships with Big Machine, Cash Money, Lava Records and Downtown Records, among others. The company's roster boasts such chart-topping artists as Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, Enrique Iglesias, Amy Winehouse, Colbie Caillat, Lil' Jon, Hinder, 3 Doors Down, Owl City, Godsmack, Jack Johnson, Damian Marley and Chamillionaire, among many others.

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