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Ghetto Youths Int'l 'Set Up Shop' in North America

Stephen (left) and Damian Marley performing at the 2nd annual Life Fest, Peace and Love Concert, held at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, on Saturday, May 1, 2010. - File

The Grammy Award-winning Marley brothers, Damian and Stephen set up shop on a two-week North American tour featuring Ghetto Youths International (GYI) in June.

The tour is in support of the recently released compilation Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Vol. 1 and sees the artistes performing in five American states, including Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada.

Ghetto Youths International Crew, along with Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley, will kick off their tour on Friday, June 14 at the Republik Music Festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Centre in Kahului, Hawaii, before heading over to Kaka'ako Waterfront Park in Honolulu.

Stephen Marley joins the crew on Wednesday, June 19 at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington. The Marley brothers and the Ghetto Youths International Crew close out the tour on their third sold-out date on Tuesday, July 2, at Belly Up in Solana Beach, California.

The Republik Music Festival is a one-day reggae celebration in its third staging and will feature the Ghetto Youths International artistes for the first time. In previous years, American musicians including Matisyahu and Throwdown have graced the stage, and this year will have artistes representing reggae's birthplace, Jamaica.

Set Up Shop is a 14-track compilation featuring the talented GYI artistes including Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis, third-generation Joseph 'Jo Mersa' and Daniel 'Bambaataa' Marley, and Marley brothers Stephen, Julian and Damian 'Jr Gong'.

The album, which was released in February, peaked at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album chart and iTunes Reggae Album Chart in the United States and Japan, as well as the # 2 spot in the United Kingdom.

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