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Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers

The oldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and his wife Rita, Ziggy Marley was the natural heir to the throne left vacant by his father's untimely death in 1981. Along with backing band the Melody Makers, a unit comprised of his brothers and sisters, he successfully carried on the tradition of communicating the music's message to a growing global audience, even scoring a U.S. Top 40 single in the process -- a claim neither of his parents could make. Born David Marley in Kingston, Jamaica on October 17, 1968, he received guitar and drum lessons from his father, and began sitting in on Wailers recording sessions at the age of ten. In 1979, Ziggy, his sister Cedella, brother Stephen, and half-sister Sharon all joined Bob in the studio to record the single "Children Playing in the Streets." Christened the Melody Makers, the four siblings continued playing together at family events, and even performed at their father's state funeral.

Marley was not even 17 when he and the Melody Makers issued their EMI debut LP, Play the Game Right. The burdens of becoming a second-generation star weighed heavily on the youth -- who looked and sounded almost eerily like his father -- and he allowed the record and its 1986 follow-up, Hey World!, to veer closely toward pop music, resulting in derision from reggae purists. Poor sales, combined with EMI's public desire to market Ziggy Marley as a solo act, prompted Marley & the Melody Makers to jump to the Virgin label, where they entered the studio to record their masterpiece, 1988's Conscious Party. Produced by Talking Heads' Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, the album was both a critical and commercial smash, with the single "Tomorrow People" reaching number 39 on the pop charts. The follow-up, 1989's One Bright Day, continued the Melody Makers' artistic growth; it was also their best-selling effort to date, cracking the Top 20 and, like its predecessor, winning a Grammy.

Marley & the Melody Makers resurfaced in 1991 with Jahmekya, another assured and creative effort. It sold well, edging into the Top 20, but failed to generate much radio or video airplay. Released in 1993, Joy and Blues barely charted, despite adding elements of contemporary dancehall (a showcase for Stephen's rapping skills). The latter record was the Melody Makers' last release for Virgin, and they moved to Elektra for 1995's Free Like We Want 2 B. Fallen Is Babylon followed in 1997, and scored a third Grammy. Like his father, Marley eventually emerged as a leading political voice, and was named a Goodwill Youth Ambassador for the United Nations; at home in Kingston, he also founded his own record label, Ghetto Youths United, created to spotlight the next generation of reggae talent.

In addition to the four siblings in the Melody Makers, three other Marley children -- Damian, Julian, and Ky-Mani -- also pursued careers in music. The music continued into the new millennium, as Marley released Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers Live, Vol. 1 in fall 2000. Without the Melody Makers, Dragonfly was released as his first official solo album in 2003, but its 2006 follow-up, Love Is My Religion, was the one with the hit, as the album's title track put Ziggy back on reggae radio throughout the globe. His 2009 effort, Family Time, was a charming children's album, while 2011's Wild and Free returned to the socially conscious reggae that launched his career. In 2012, he released his first comic book featuring the hero Marijuanaman, and followed it in 2013 with the live album In Concert. The diverse Fly Rasta followed a year later and featured a Melody Makers reunion thanks to guest appearances from Erica Newell plus Sharon and Cedella Marley. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Ziggy Marley I like the way that are leading the Melody Makers ,I love Good Reggae Music ,I am fan of your Fathers music so I keep up with Sons too , I really like the Marleys and the Melody Makers, Jah Bless you all keep up the good work that you are all doing, !!!!!!!!!
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Ziggy I am feeling very good about the good work that you are doing ,Keep up the good work , I know that your,Father would feel the same too, One love JAh bless All the Marley,s, !!!!
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Nice MUSIC From Ziggy Marley& The Melody Makers, Boom Shot, !!!!,
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Just saw Ziggy Marley on Additions he's just as good as his father Bob Marley was very impressed by him love he talks about social issues
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Like Father, like Son. There's truly a message in Jah Music. Love is My Religion. Peace...!!!
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1love
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Lovely song ����
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And I like here movies
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Still recieving Jahs message
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Dis song has a good beat and message mon
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Yes Ziggy Marley&Melod a k e r s good music, !!!!!
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dragonlady60 8 8
we be jammin
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Great
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BOB MARLEY WILL BE FOREVER MISS I HATE IT FOR THE KIDS TO DAY THAT REALY LISTAN TO HIS WORDS AND LERAN FOR IT THEY MISSING OUT WE AS A HOLE HAVE TO COME TOGETHER TO TEACH OUR PEOPLE IT NEVER TO LATE WHEN IT TO LATE IS WHEN WE STOP TEACHING OUR PEOPLE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE REALY FREE WE HAVE TO BRING OUR KIDS UP THE WAY OUR FOR FATHERS THOUGT US . IF THERE ANY BIG MAMAS STILL OUT THERE ???? IT TAKES A VALAGE TO RAISE A FAMILY AND THAT'S WHAT IS GOING TO TAKE TO GET IT BACK LIKE BIG MAMA ONCE HAVE I
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dragonlady60 8 8
reggae....ya mon........
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Are You Gettin Are You Gettin Are You Gettin Ja Message ?
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Real as it gets
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Just saw Ziggy last month in Dallas. Fantastic concert. He looked so healthy and fit. His father would be pleased...
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dustinhenson 3 2
Great music it is very good.
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Great personificat i o n s of nature
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JAH RASTA FARI
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Coolllll man
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dragonlady60 8 8
Makes me wanna go to the Bahamas agian!
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dragonlady60 8 8
Yes Mon......reg g a e . . . . !
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Just flow....
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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I love ziggy Marley and his songs;)����
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Rasta Fari,
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I love the Marleys. Yet Lorin Hill Said ,shed rather have her kids starve before white people buying her music. Then marries a man that's white,in him. ouch they must be hungry? Rast Fari
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Love This Song Really Good Singing Voice. Is Ziggy Marley Still Alive
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Artist are special people that create beauty. We must not judge anything or anyone. Ahh! Feels sooooooooo good to type BEAUTY TOO!! only the hip will get this! :)
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Saw Ziggy couple weeks back in KC. Great music although we could sense he might have been having a bad day, he still put on a good show.
Respect-
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michelle_mui r
Incredible artist and performer! I have had the honor of seeing Ziggy in concert twice most recently July 26 2014 in Maryland, he is very engaging and that voice...! Powerful!
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It was my pleasure to see Ziggy Marley play in Sioux City Iowa on August 5 2014 . Truly amazing! New album is Forward To Love a must have! One love.. Fly rasta
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I love this song soooo much I'm a huge marley girl!! This sounds like stephen ... Whom I very in love with
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cheri.rickar d 1 9 6 4
Hey, just imagine Bob alive to hear and see him it's so surprising the likeness they share...It just continues to surprise me.
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Any version chillaxs me :-) your father is proud...love is my religion too! You and your brothers are each unique and beautiful! All the love Marley family xxx
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askadanma
I like this song a lot lot lot
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Great song .
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Just Seen Ziggy Live in Concert the other day .....25 bucks has never gotten me so HIGH ! the Vibe was amazing and all color and kind of people young and old just dancing and feeling nice together is just priceless ! go and see him when you get the chance because JAH LOVE iS REAL and RASTAFARI shall endure forever! Bless it.
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Hi
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.

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Damn ziggy
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Hits me hard in the heart
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Damn damn dhammmm REPEAT BUTTON PLEASE just let us be able to hit repeat one time per song UGHHHH!
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Just got back from Jamaica, good music 24/7!!!
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Some nights I get in my moods....ton i g h t , well almost every night is my reggae night.....
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