Tuff Gong is the brand name associated with a number of businesses started by Bob Marley and the Marley family. 'Tuff Gong' comes from Marley's nickname, which was in turn an echo of that given to founder of the Rastafari movement, Leonard "The Gong" Howell.

Tuff Gong
Parent companyMarley Family
FounderBob Marley
Distributor(s)Island Records
Republic Records
Country of originJamaica/United Kingdom/United States
Official websitehttp://www.tuffgong.com/

Record labelEdit

Tuff Gong is a record label formed by the reggae group The Wailers in 1970. Before 1981, the label used the facilities of Federal Records recording company in Marcus Garvey Drive.[1] The first single on the label was "Run For Cover" by The Wailers. After 1973, the Tuff Gong headquarters was located at 56 Hope Road, Kingston, JamaicaBob Marley's home. The location is now home to the Bob Marley Museum.

The Tuff Gong label is distributed by Universal Music through Island Records.

Tuff Gong is the official Caribbean distributor of Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, and Disney Music Group.[2]

In Rockstar Games and Rockstar North's Grand Theft Auto IV, Tuff Gong Radio is based on the record label and is featured as one of the many fictional radio stations featured in-game. The station is dedicated to playing songs associated with Bob Marley, including tracks by his sons Stephen Marley and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley.

Recording studioEdit

The Tuff Gong Recording Studio

Tuff Gong is a full-service recording studio located in Kingston, Jamaica. In 1981, Bob Marley's wife, Rita Marley, purchased Ken Khouri's Federal Records recording studio, the island's very first pressing plant, and the company subsequently moved from 56 Hope Road to 220 Marcus Garvey Drive, where it continues to operate.[3]

Tuff Gong includes a recording studio, mastering room, stamper room, pressing plant, cassette plant, wholesale record shop, booking agency, as well as offices for Rita Marley Music and Ghetto Youths International.

Tuff Gong International studio is one of the largest Caribbean studios and features the second-largest live recording space on the islands. Artists, musicians, producers and tourists travel from around the world to visit the facility that birthed songs such as "No Woman, No Cry", "Trenchtown Rock", "Stir It Up", "Catch a Fire", "Redemption Song", "Buffalo Soldier" and "Could You Be Loved".

A longtime resource for Jamaican musicians, Tuff Gong has been the location of recordings from Rita Marley, Capleton, Sly and Robbie, Shaggy, Bounty Killa, Lady Saw, Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, I-Wayne, Beenie Man, Jimmy Cliff, and many others.

International music stars, such as Snoop Dogg, Sinead O'Connor, Kenny Chesney, Lauryn Hill, Self Defense Family, and Tiken Jah Fakoly[4] have chosen the studio for both its recording resources and its history.

A renewed international interest in Jamaican music has led to studio being used by a younger generation of artists, including Major Lazer.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Vinyl-heads rejoice! Marley's Tuff Gong label is reopening its pressing plant in Kingston". Press Reader.
  2. ^ "Warner Music Group Signs Licensing Deal With Legendary Label Tuff Gong International". Warner Music website. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Vinyl-heads rejoice! Marley's Tuff Gong label is reopening its pressing plant in Kingston". Press Reader.
  4. ^ fr:Coup de gueule (album)

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