Damian Marley, who has just completed his worldwide tour with rapper Nas (to promote their album Distant Relatives) has joined The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart and Indian film composer A.R. Rahman for collaboration on an album to be released in September 2011.
According to RollingStone.com, the group has been secretly recording its debut album over the past 18 months. Mick Jagger explains, “It’s different from anything else I’ve ever been involved in. The music is very wide-ranging–from reggae to ballads to Indian songs in Urdu.”
According to Urbanislandz.com, Dave Stewart, who resides in Jamaica, is the mastermind behind the formation of the group. Stewart said he called Jagger in hopes of starting an experimental fusion group. Jagger asked Marley, Stone, and A.R. Rahman to join the group, banding together in Los Angeles, California, to begin writing songs.
Stewart said, “We didn’t know what the hell we were doing,” said Stewart. “We were just jamming and making a noise. It was like when a band first starts up in your garage. Sometimes Damian would kick it off and then Joss would sing something on top of it. We might have a 22 minute jam, and it would become a six minute song. [. . .] We’re experimenting at the moment and just taking it day by day.”