Ziggy Marley
Ziggy Marley
Tuff Gong
CD / LP / Digital Release
May 19, 2016

Track list
  1. Start It Up
  2. Weekend's Long
  3. Ceceil
  4. Amen
  5. Heaven Can't Take It ft. Stephen Marley
  6. Better Together
  7. Butterflies
  8. We Are More
  9. Love Is A Rebel
  10. Marijauanaman
  11. We Are The People
  12. I'm Not Made Of Stone
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Ziggy Marley is the eldest son of Bob Marley and Rita Marley. At an early age he started a musical career. In 1979, Ziggy and his siblings Sharon, Cedella and Stephen formed the Melody Makers and made their recording debut with "Children Playing In The Streets". The band released several albums and were successful all over the world. In 2003 Ziggy went solo with his debut reggae-pop album "Dragonfly". The 2006 release "Love Is My Religion" carried on the reggae-style pop sound and the lyrical themes established in "Dragonfly". The album won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. 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 2014 he came up with "Fly Rasta". It won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in February 2015, but was a slight disappointment for reggae fans who expected a more authentic reggae set. His latest self-produced offering is a set with 12 tracks... and it's a genuine reggae album, but with subtle 'pop' vibes to appeal to a broader audience!

Check out his own words: "This album is about the struggle of humanity, I'm not singing about my own struggle but that of the human family, which I feel a strong connection to. I found myself emotionally and consciously affected by the plight of our species in general. We're all family. We can't let ego be the driver; truth has to be the driver. We have to help each other."

The vibrant chanting opening tune "Start It Up" calls for "someone to start up a revolution" and "burn down the walls of poverty". Wicked track! The first single "Weekend's Long" was recently featured on an episode of "Hawaii Five-0". He also appeared in the episode "Ka Pohaku Kihi Pa'a" playing the character Bones. Bones is portrayed as a Jamaican undocumented immigrant. The song, embracing freedom, features the sounds of pan drum thus carrying us away to sun-drenched beaches. "Ceceil" is something different. A pounding riddim, reminding us of the Two Tone style of the late '70s. "Amen", with its rich arrangements and great horns that add a powerful touch to the song, brings back good memories of his father's music. Awesome tune! Stephen Marley joins him on the key tune "Heaven Can't Take It", a ballad about the badness in our world. "They killing for money, power, religion, colour" "Enough killing. They're going crazy up there. Heaven can't take it anymore. It needs to stop." Towards the end of the song they sing the chorus line of their father's tune "Zion Train".

The second part of the album focuses on love. Check out "Love Is A Rebel", pointing out that Love is the 'new' rebellion, in contrary to an aggressive revolution. "Better Together" refers to the love between two people, but also the love between all human beings, it's so much better to get together! "Only Love Can Win The War"... "Butterflies" is a standout tune, in the spirit of his father's tunes. Heavy rotation tune! The poppy tune "We Are More" is decent, but not outstanding. The swinging piece "Marijauanaman" deals with the positive impact of smoking herb, so light it up! Reminding us that we are people - "not corporations, not crayons in a box, not donkeys and elephants" - who have the ability to make a change. Nice slice of music! The album rounds off with a noteworthy song called "I'm Not Made Of Stone". It starts as a ska-esque riddim, goes over to reggae and then back again.

Glad that Ziggy has returned to his reggae roots with this album... Enjoy!