After a successful run with Nas to promote their Distant Relatives project, Damian Marley is joining another supergroup. The Jamiaca native will serve as one-fifth of the all-star quintet Super Heavy with The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart and Indian film composer A.R. Rahman.
According to RollingStone.com, the fivesome has been secretly recording its debut over the past 18 months, with plans to unleash its first album in September 2011. “It’s different from anything else I’ve ever been involved in,” said Jagger. “The music is very wide-ranging – from reggae to ballads to Indian songs in Urdu.”
The group formed after Stewart, who resides in Jamaica, 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. “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.”
There are currently no tour dates scheduled for Super Heavy, but they haven’t ruled it out. “We’re experimenting at the moment and just taking it day by day,” added Stewart. “I think if we’re rehearsing and it sounds great and people love the idea then nobody would rule out the possibility of it.”