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Ziggy Marley

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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Track List: I Don't Wanna Live On Mars (Single)

Comments

I want to LOVE♥ YOU !!!
shell214
I Love the fact you're taking up where your father left off
AAAAAW, GET ZIGGY WITTITT!!!!! ! ! ! ! :-D
Best in the world
Love it
jfugh
fly rasta fly
Jah
calebdog4
I love it!
MARLEY MAGIC 4EVER!!!!!!! ! ! ! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
I like raggae
Ziggy is probably the 2nd best ray gay singer
Which day? Lol day dream
Dragonfly : I LOVE TREE SONGS.
Feel that love that ONE LOVE
say iphone 5 times
pick a color
post this on 5 different songs
look under ur pillow
Damn cant do anything but smile and chill no worries in the south
slj08036
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at least 3 songs you will die in 2 day. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 144 minutes when press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works!!
dezynebc
Jah
U sound just like ur father- AMAZING I love u so much words cant explain do me a favor- DONT DIE!!!!!!!! UR SOOOOO amazing!!!!! I love u so so so so so so much'!!!!!! Read mehh bio and follow 4 a follow thx byeeeee
LOVE DA MUSIC 2 DA fullest Bob Marley is DA man. ONE LOVE
I like to watch Arthur sometimes and I like beach in Hawaii
Beach in Hawaii is the jam
treerizzo
Love reggae
madibhuddles t o n
He sings the Arthur song
One of the best songs!
love his music
Oh yea the marley fsmily anit it erie how ziggy sounds so much like his father
No one loVes Bob Marley and his family as much as I do sorry for your death Bob Marley family you had a good time whit your dad sing me and my dad love you alot miss Bob Marley if we don't LOVE u we would not all your CD and a poster you are the best love you bob marley family r.I.p. Bob Marley love taylor
Bob Marley is my hero and he is the reason why reggae is my live, reggae is my soul Ziggy, Stephen follow your fathers foot steps
Ziggy Marley looks and sings like the man himself Robert "bob" Marley and he needs to keep doing what's he is doing and R.I.P. Bob Marley!
Notorious ZIG much love and big mahalo.
Hey Ziggy Marley. Much respect. You have represented your father well. I admire your focus to keep REGGAE. the true meaning of REGGAE. Hope Trust & Faith. Our world is spiraling out of control. Inspite of what they sat. MUSIC is the Universal Language. Your DAD got it. He went Against the Grain. ALlWAYS keeping it real.
HATS OFF TO.
LOVE IS MY RELIGION.
They can't rewrite those powerful WORDS. .
Awsome Wholesome Song. Gets the mood right...
Ziggy looks like the predator
wish Bob Marley still here one love for all.
love mon got it all
Can people please stop writting nonsense like kiss your hand and din't read this kind if bullsh**! Put comments that are worth reading.
Daddy's song but still a good job. No one can touch Bob Marley though.
mhudson7770
Jah knows how hard I have tried..true Marley fans know the meaning of those words
Love is my religion!!
you have to be really insain to come on this page and put chain letters omg
Love the music keep it going like a keep moving gar 1love NOLA 4life love it
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Proclaiming Jahs message of love like
His father
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I love this song
p.rokas
I like it
Good stuff
SOOOO STONED.! DENVER CO. :-P
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