Excerpt: Ziggy Marley has been busy creating his own path as well as protecting his father's legacy and helping to manage the Bob Marley estate. The five-time Grammy winner continues to make his mark in the music world with his latest release,
Excerpt: LA.com: You had a lot of great feedback from the concerts, especially in Los Angeles. Do you have plans to write new songs in the near future?
Ziggy Marley: Yes -- that is what I'm doing right now. I'm in my studio working on songs. This is a laboratory for me where I experiment and mix different things until I find a song that I'm satisfied with. And hopefully people will like that song, too. You know? So I'm in the lab right now working on different formulas.
Excerpt: LA.com: Tell us about your product , Ziggy Marley Organics?
Ziggy: It's coconut -- (from) organic coconut kernels. It's the world's first flavored coconut cooking oil. We have hemp seeds, which is another world's first because we roasted them. It's roasted hemp seeds in the shell. It's not out of the shell, so it's in the shell. And those are also flavored. Again it's non-GMO
Excerpt: Ziggy Marley comes from musical royalty. His parents are Bob and Rita Marley, who, with the Wailers, brought Jamaican reggae from the Kingston ghettos into the mainstream. Being the eldest son of musical icons has rubbed off on Ziggy. At age 44, he's already had a musical career spanning three decades, receiving five Grammy awards in the process. Marley has also acted, most memorably portraying Ernie the Rasta Jellyfish in Shark Tale. He has also grown his family's Tuff Gong label into a worldwide enterprise, created the Marijuanaman comic book, and is active in many charities.
Excerpt: What made you want to start an organic food line?
I love good food and it's been a big part of my culture growing up. I'm from Jamaica. We have very special foods there. I'm a food person, so when the idea arose, it was natural, really. I like healthy food. I know the difference between eating good and bad food because I've eaten both. When I eat well I feel a life energy; after eating badly I feel sluggish and lousy. So I'm conscious of this, especially when I'm performing and I'm on the road. Food is a very important part of that. That love and knowledge of it is very natural.
Excerpt: Let's talk about the hemp seeds. Do you think that people are going to buy them because of Ziggy Marley and your lifestyle, which is connected with marijuana culture?
Sure! Any way you want to take it. I have a comic, Marijuanaman, and my song "Wild and Free" is all about hemp. This is part of my circle. If people get turned on to hemp seeds because of my affiliation, that's fine with me. Because in the end, hemp seeds are really nutritious. They work well with our bodies. It's who I am, not just music and food. It's books and comics. I'm trying to express myself fully and truthfully. There are a lot of things in me that still have to come out.
Title: No More Glory Days
Excerpt: IF there are reggae fans who believe the music will one day return to its classic period of the 1970s, Ziggy Marley is not one of them.
In an interview for the latest issue of Spinner magazine, Marley said it is foolhardy to think the music his father Bob Marley and contemporaries like Jimmy Cliff made 30-odd years ago can be replicated.
Excerpt: "When you look at his and my father's generation, that whole generation, when reggae music was something new for the rest of the world, it will not compete ever again in history. It's been done," said Marley.
Excerpt: There comes a time in adulthood when you are faced with the challenge of passing on your years of knowledge to a child. The struggle of getting our kids to think we know what we’re talking about is universal. We want them to think the music, styles and slang from our generation is cool, and it’s not usually an easy task.
Fortunately, Cedella Marley, oldest daughter to Bob Marley, singer/songwriter, designer, entrepreneur and humanitarian extraordinaire, has fought the good fight for generations to come. Ms. Marley has added author to her list of titles, creating children’s books that communicate the messages of her father’s music so simply and eloquently that even the most stubborn five year old will be holding a vibe after reading. Her works like Three Little Birds, One Love and her most recent title, Every Little Thing, use lyrics from some of Bob’s best-loved songs to communicate some of the values her family was raised with.
We had our resident children’s book expert, LargeUp contributor and kindergarten teacher Emily Shapiro, chat with her about her books, among other topics. Aside from her many obvious talents, Cedella is extremely insightful about how to best support and enlighten our youth. We highly recommend spreading the love and buying one or all of her books for a child in your life this holiday season.
LargeUp: I’m a kindergarten teacher in New York and I use your books in my classroom, so I’m really interested in speaking with you about them. But I wanted to start by hearing about your journey into writing.
Cedella Marley: From Melody Makers time, I’ve always written songs or choruses. I had forgotten when I wrote The Boy from Nine Miles… that was almost 10 years ago. It’s something that I’ve always loved to do, and something I grew up doing.
LU: There are so many of your father’s songs that have incredible messages for children, how have you gone about choosing the songs to turn into books?
CM: I want to be able to relate the lyrics to them without changing it too much, so with every book I’ve done, I’ve kept the spirit, and just make a few changes because it’s for younger readers.
LU: There are so many that need to be shared this way.
CM: “Smile Jamaica,” “Lively Up Yourself,” “High Tide” and some Melody Makers songs could be perfect [as children’s books]. If I was to really sit down and think about it I would probably find between 20 and 25 songs not just from Daddy but from Mommy’s repertoire too, and the Melody Makers.
LU: You autographed [the book] One Love for my class and I brought it to school on your father’s birthday. I thought this is the coolest thing ever: I’m going to read them an autographed copy of One Love on Bob Marley’s birthday. I was playing his music all day and I pulled it out, and the kids weren’t really that excited. I was much more enthusiastic than they were. But the amazing thing is that, after we read the book, they totally understood the message in it and were able to explain how they followed the same principles in our school, and other things that we could be doing to spread love. That was a really special experience. I used it again in my classroom because a lot of our school’s community was affected by Hurricane Sandy. We did some community service projects and One Love was a perfect book to guide that. So thank you.
CM: No, thank you!
LU: The book has a very strong message. What do you want children to take away when they read it?
CM: I think every child will find someone who looks like them or a member of their family. So it’s relatable. “Little C” was really able to get people together. In Jamaica we say “Puss and Dog can get together, why can’t we love one another.” In the book, she has the chocolate lab, who was Bobby, who was our pet for 17 years and she really brought everyone together to build up the community. It’s like my mother always used to tell us: “Together you are stronger, as brothers and sisters, and friends and family.” I really want to large up Vanessa Brantley-Newton, who did the illustrations. It was easy for me to write it but to collaborate with someone who can really make these characters believable and lovable and liveable [was important] as well.
Excerpt: As for the sound, Marley plans to stay within reggae, "paying respect to the roots but always pushing the envelope of trying to create something new -- which is basically impossible. But to try to do that brings a lot to it. Just having that intention in your head brings a lot of creativity and brings some interesting ideas and interesting chords and arrangements rather than saying, 'Alright, let's just go in to do what we [have] always done and what has been done before. I try to make my music interesting to me first, then hopefully other people will find it interesting, too."
Excerpt: What made you decide to go live for this album?
During the last couple of tours and shows we were having a good time and a good vibe and I wanted to document that so that’s why. And I plan to take a break next year. I want to do some gardening and some other work.
Excerpt: What else are you working on?
I’ve got “Marijuana Man,” which is a graphic comic I put out. And I’m doing some webisodes. I’m using artwork, it’s not fully animated yet but there’s voices and that sort of stuff. So, we’re doing that and also in the next couple of months I’m doing a little kid book. It’s called, “I Love You Too.” It’s a nice little book that children and family can read together.
Title: Ziggy on Reggae and Hemp
Excerpt: Ziggy Marley believes reggae will never be what it was in his father's day, but he's doing his best to keep the genre's spirit alive. He's also doing cartoon voices for his Marijuanaman comic, has his smiling mug on a line of food products and is releasing a live record from his latest extensive tour. And it's nothing if not wild and free.
Excerpt: "When you look at his and my father's generation, that whole generation, when reggae music was something new for the rest of the world, it will not compete ever again in history. It's been done," Marley says.
Excerpt: "I've spoken to some of the other elders of the music. There is a spirituality over the generation, a magic within it that's not captured today," he says. "That's how I look at it. I'm trying to capture that thing in my music. I can be innovative, adventurous, that spirit I will try to always capture. But the root of it, that magic or that spirit, it's a little missing in the next generation. Good music is still coming out, but if we could get back that it would be much better."
Excerpt: Proving that music can literally change the world, Ziggy Marley is uniting with ten other world renowned artists on a CD designed to rid the world of a lingering disease that continues to disable children – polio.
Excerpt: The CD, End Polio Now, features a global collection ofsongs performed by Rotary’s celebrity polio eradication ambassadors from the music industry. Spanning nine countries these artists have donated their tracks to support the fight to end polio. All proceeds from End Polio Now will go directly to Rotary International’s polio eradication campaign.
Excerpt: Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign raises funds to make sure every child throughout the world receives access to the oral polio vaccine. Though polio has declined rapidly since 1985, the fight isn't over and for as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected for life. Join the fight to end this disabling and potentially fatal disease. Together we can make history and create a polio-free world.
Title: Ziggy on Latest Live Album
Excerpt: EBONY: What made you want to record another live concert album?
Ziggy Marley: Well, I’ve actually been liking the things I’ve been doing and the vibe, so I wanted to share that and give people opportunity to experience the vibe that we have live.
Excerpt: EBONY: Is it difficult to live up to the Marley name?
ZM: I mean… this is a challenge. But it’s not something that we think about as a challenge. It’s a challenge because of people’s perception, but for us, we’re just trying to be true to what we’re doing and be real and respect our father’s legacy.
Excerpt: EBONY: Who inspires you and why?
ZM: Well, my greatest inspiration is… I guess people call it God. We say Jah. We know some people might say “the universe” or other things, but there is a spirituality that guides us and gives us our purpose. In my life—and I’m not speaking generally, I don’t know what about other people—but in my life this is what inspires me: this idea of purpose and service to your brothers and sisters. Music-wise, my father, Miles Davis, all of the great musicians. Marvin Gaye, too. I’ve even been checking out some classic, some Bach and some Beethoven, and studying, reading up about their music and about them. Because our music really plays a very important part in the psyche of society, and some music can do things to you that you never know.
Excerpt: Five-time Grammy winner and reggae icon Ziggy Marley is set to release his new live album Ziggy Marley In Concert exclusively on iTunes on December 18th.
Excerpt: "ZIGGY MARLEY IN CONCERT" TRACKLISTING
1. Higher Vibrations
2. Personal Revolution
3. Welcome To The World
4. Beach In Hawaii
5. Reggae In My Head
6. Jah Will Be Done
7. Forward To Love
8. Tomorrow People
9. Justice-War (medley)
11. True To Myself
12. Black Cat
13. Love Is My Religion
14. Is This Love
15. Wild and Free
Title: Marley backs Hemp
source:las vegas review journal
Excerpt: "It denies us the use of the plant and all the benefits that come from the use of the plant," Marley, 43, says. "It has medicine properties, of course."
And hemp offers economic and environmental benefits via clothes and other goods, he says.
"The demonization of it is to our own detriment," Marley says. "We are spiting ourselves by trying to always criminalize our negative connotations to this plant."
Excerpt: "Alcohol is a very violent and destructive element, but an adult can buy as much alcohol as he can drink. It's legal in this society. But what are the benefits of a can of beer?"
Marley doesn't drink.
And he doesn't have to smoke to make music.
"I don't need cannabis or alcohol to make music. My music comes from a spiritual place. It doesn't depend on marijuana. It doesn't depend on anything but God."
Excerpt: "We're on a self-destructive path as a species. And the criteria we're using to judge our success is the wrong measurement. We're measuring success by economic prosperity, instead of moral or environmental prosperity."
But he does understand why the powers-that-be deny climate change.
"They don't want to start a new thing. They want to stick with an old thing for as long as they can," he says. "And the more they hold on, the more destructive it is.
"They're going to hold on until they can't hold on anymore. So something has to give."
Excerpt: MB: Were you encouraged to pursue music as a profession?
ZM: No, I wasn't necessarily encouraged to pursue it because as I said education was first. We didn't really have to pursue it because it was in us and we had to pursue the things that weren't in us; schooling was very important.
Excerpt: MB: Who are some of the musicians, famous or not, friends of your dad's or not, who have had an impact on your music and your career, and also on your personal philosophy?
ZM: Dennis Brown, Toots Hilbert, Delroy Wilson, Fela Kuti. ... Hmm who else? Everybody! My personal philosophy is I gather information from all of the other artists but it is unique to me as my own philosophy.
Excerpt: In an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com, Marley's eldest son, Ziggy Marley, discussed his father's universal impact, discovering his own unique musical talent and executive producing the new film, Marley, among other topics.
Excerpt: "[People] see my father as being down-to-earth, cool and … like a friend," said Marley. "His personality still resonates just as his music does."
Excerpt: "The film is really a definitive piece on my father's life," said Marley. "The family was really involved in the creation of the film. All of the individuals who are in the film are people who knew Bob intimately. So you are really getting the inner-circle view of [my father]."
Title: Ziggy discusses MARLEY
Excerpt: Bob Marley’s children, band mates, widow and ex-girlfriends help tell his story in the mammoth documentary covering the legendary artist’s humble beginnings in Jamaica and rise to become reggae’s first and biggest international superstar.
Excerpt: “If I’m doing a concert and I’m having a problem with the audience…I just play a Bob Marley song and I’m good for the rest of the night,” Ziggy Marley said with a laugh. “I come out and just pull like ‘Jammin” or ‘Is This Love’ and I’ve got them now. Let me go back and do some of my own stuff.”
Ziggy said he learned things about his father in the process of working on the documentary, including the fact that his father was discriminated against in Jamaica because his father was white.
Title: Ziggy on Reggae
Excerpt: "It's like a mantra, a constant rhythm and groove," says Ziggy when asked to definitely describe the 'sound' of reggae. "It repeats in a type of melodic mode."
Excerpt: "The Rasta culture, which is the dreadlocks, and the [colours] red, green and yellow is really something that is separate then reggae, it's so dominant in reggae that people think reggae and the Rasta thing [is the same thing], but everybody has their own look and feel."
Excerpt: "It's best known in reggae because we come from Jamaica, and again - my culture, the Rasta culture uses the plant as a sacrament, as a religious thing. We use it for a lot of other thing than just smoking, a lot of people probably don't know. I grew up in a house with a lot of scorpions. So, if you got a scorpion bite one of the remedies is a bottle of alcohol, with marijuana leaf, pimento seed, and all sorts of herbs in it. It's a whole thing, not just smoking."
Title: Ziggy talks hemp
Excerpt: %u201CThe herb,%u201D Marley says, warming up to a recent phone interview, %u201CCannabis, hemp, marijuana, whatever name you want to use. I was into learning more about it, and trying to understand why the world is not taking advantage of it as a natural resource. It was a big influence on the record, the idea of hemp and growing hemp.%u201D
“The herb,” Marley says, warming up to a recent phone interview, “Cannabis, hemp, marijuana, whatever name you want to use. I was into learning more about it, and trying to understand why the world is not taking advantage of it as a natural resource. It was a big influence on the record, the idea of hemp and growing hemp.”
A year later, fields of hemp are still not growing wild and free, but Marley doesn’t sound like he’s giving up. “It’s almost like a civil rights issue,” he says, chuckling at the comparison. “In the plant world, this plant is like the black people back in the day. I’m standing up for the civil rights of a plant.”
Excerpt: Or, to get back to the plant world, until there is no difference between hemp and corn or any other plant. A father of six children, Marley preaches the equality of plants to his kids in the same way he educates everyone.
“I present it as a plant that God created, that nature created, that, like everything that God created on this planet, has its uses. Everything is part of a bigger ecosystem. We play a part, the ants play a part, the bees, the worm, the fly. The cannabis plant plays a part. It’s just nature.”
Excerpt: Marley took a moment from his tour to chat with ESSENCE.com about Father’s Day, what he remembers most about his famous dad, and the most important thing he learned from him.
Excerpt: ESSENCE.com: How will you and your family celebrate Father’s Day this year?
MARLEY: Every day of our lives, our Father is with us. Every day our Father is here with us spiritually anyway. I remember him every day, you know.
Excerpt: ESSENCE.com: What’s your favorite song or album by your father?
MARLEY: It’s hard to say a favorite song of my father’s. I listen to all his stuff; a lot of the old stuff before the 70s. The album I used most was Survival during my high school years. That album brought me into the consciousness of Africa, the struggle of Black people.
Excerpt: "If food is labeled, some people might choose to eat stuff that's genetically modified," he told The Root. "They might decide they love it. But give us a choice."
Excerpt: Ziggy Marley: It's a tool for a bigger message and a bigger purpose, and it's right up my alley. For me, music, culture and food -- it's a whole-body experience. We live in the culture and we have to eat properly, and food is a part of that. Also, it's a part of how I grew up, with healthy eating and healthy food, in Jamaica.
Excerpt: ZM: At some point in time, the politicians decided this issue with the pharmaceutical guys. They decided genetically modified foods didn't need to be labeled. And the American people are sleeping and need to wake up. The problem is disguised in food products -- nice-looking hamburgers and nice-looking corn.
Title: A Chat with Ziggy
Excerpt: Thankfully, Ziggy was able to fit in some time to for a phone call to answer questions from the entire Glittarazzi crew about his new album, the just-released Bob Marley documentary he co-produced, why he created a comic featuring pro-marijuana superhero -- and more!
Excerpt: I'm father's eldest son and in our culture that caries some responsibility and some burdens, too. So, the fact that I felt a lot of people were telling stories about my father weren't close to my father to really understand him as person and as a human being. So, I wanted to represent him in any other project that would tell his life story. A friend came and said, "You know we should do a definitive piece on Bob that expresses his life in a full way." And, I thought that was a good idea.
Excerpt: The media structure and the commercial structure is not set up in a way that is used to be the voice. Its main objective is to make money and so the voice that question refers to is contrary to that. So, you have to look for it, because it will not be given to you.
Title: Ziggy Marley a hit for 2012
Excerpt: It is only two months into the year and Ziggy Marley has hit the ground running. The Grammy-winning musician, actor, artiste, activist and humanitarian has been busy with projects spanning human rights, the environment, and entertainment.
Excerpt: Additionally, Ziggy Marley is looking forward to the debut of Marley, a documentary film on the life, music and legacy of Bob Marley, produced by Cowboy Films and Shangri-La Entertainment. The documentary will make its World Premiere at the Berlin Film festival this weekend and its U.S. premiers at the SXSW Film festival and Magnolia Pictures in March and April respectively.
Title: Who will it be?
Excerpt: With Stephen and Ziggy Marleys in contention, many pundits are already speculating it is a foregone conclusion that one of them will take it from the rest of the field comprising Shaggy, Israel Vibration, and Monty Alexander.
Excerpt: Younger of the two Marleys, Stephen, appear poised for the reggae's highest award with Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life. Produced on the Tuff Gong/Universal Republic label, the entry is the stronger of the Marleys' offering.
A win for Stephen would give the artiste/producer his third lein on the award as a solo artiste having won in 2008 with Mind Control and in 2010 with the acoustic version of the same album.
Excerpt: Stephen's brother, Ziggy's album Wild and Free is his fourth solo effort and is on the Tuff Gong Worldwide label. It has been described as his most political to date.
The overall theme of the album is a powerful one, as it propels Marley to challenge social injustice along with the political weapons of ignorance and fear.
Among the tracks on the album are title track Wild and Free, Forward to Love, Changes, Personal Revolution and Reggae in My Head.
Ziggy previously won the Best Reggae category album in 2007 with Love Is My Religion.
Excerpt: Ziggy Marley's Legends of Reggae will feature Marley sharing his unique perspective on music and culture and introducing listeners to his favourite reggae music and sources of inspiration (with some rarities), plucked from his own personal collection.
Excerpt: The show will also include music from the Marley family, including material from Ziggy's most recent solo studio album, Wild and Free, and throwback selections dating back to his days as a Melody Maker.
In addition to Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley's Legends of Reggae will feature other special guests on the show.
"It is my privilege to use this medium to honour the Legends of Reggae and to use it as a vehicle to educate and enlighten listeners," said Marley.
Excerpt: "Hearing songs from his personal collections and his conversations with the greats of reggae is something music fans will treasure, and we were honoured to launch the show on the eve of the birthday of his father, the late Bob Marley."
Ziggy Marley's Legends of Reggae will air the first Saturday of each month at 12 p.m. ET, and will be rebroadcast the next day, Sunday, at 2 p.m. ET.
Excerpt: THE name Marley continues to dominate the reggae scene and yesterday's announcement of the nominees for this year's Grammy awards continues the trend.
Excerpt: Two Marleys, Ziggy and Stephen — sons of reggae icon Bob Marley, are among five acts up for the golden gramophone in the category Best Reggae Album. Stephen is nominated for Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life, while for Ziggy it is his project Wild and Free.
In total, Stephen and Ziggy Marley have six Grammy awards.
Excerpt: The series follows the Marley brothers while in South Africa, observing them as they experience life in Johannesburg and travel to remote areas. South Africa held Bob Marley spellbound but this film discovers it through his sons’ eyes, as they share an exploration, keeping close to the heart of the country, meeting its people and encountering its wildlife.
Excerpt: While on the trip Ziggy was motivated by the prospect of performing with African musicians and the series finale sees him planning and performing a concert in Soweto. The series features Ziggy teaching local musicians to play his own music as well as his father’s classic music and rehearsing for the spontaneous performance. While on the trip Ziggy said “We are trying to perform a concert, for free, in Soweto because I want to show my respect to Soweto and the struggle. We are trying to do it on our own, guerilla style. Reggae music is free music. Like my father said nobody has ownership on it. It’s like oxygen, like the wind, like the rain”.
Excerpt: This has been the story of all of Marley’s sons, but most of them chose to make music anyway. While they may not have surpassed the father’s musical accomplishments, the Marley brothers have ensured that the family name is still held in high regard through their professional and personal lives.
Excerpt: With the show premiering on Discovery, Ziggy took time out to speak to Tonight about it.
“All three of us are fans of motorcycles and riding a motorcycle… the experience is very mental. It’s very conscious. You have to be aware and we like that, you know. We did the trip on bikes just to be open to the elements and to the people,” he explained.
Excerpt: “It was my first time to South Africa and I was kind of, I wouldn’t say surprised, but I felt very good about what I saw because before we made the trip I remember there was some sceptical news about how you need to get a vest for knife attacks and things like that because South Africa is so dangerous. So I think this film will show Africa in a light that I think a lot of people who have never been here before don’t really know of, and I think that’s good for Africa,” he said.
Excerpt: “The trip showed different sides of us I think, because look, I like roughing it, but Rohan ended up driving in a Rolls-Royce at one point. I thought we were supposed to be on bikes, roughing it, but he would rather be in a Rolls-Royce. So I gave him some attitude about that, you know, but I mean, we have differences, but we get on together well,” he said, defining the typical sibling rivalries.
Excerpt: Marley continues to dominate Billboard's reggae albums chart. The king of reggae Bob Marley and his offspring — Ziggy, Stephen and Damian -- account for four of the top 10 slots on this week's ranking.
Excerpt: The Marley name also appears at the number three slot on the chart with Stephen Marley's Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life, which has spent 17 weeks on this chart and advanced one position from its number four spot last week. This week's number four is another Marley, as Ziggy's album Wild and Free takes that spot, having been on this chart for the past 14 weeks. The Marley brand is rounded out at No 9. The original Marley, Bob, continues to chart 30 years after his death with Live Forever taken from a show at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, USA, on September 23, 1980, mere months prior to the death of the reggae icon. This album has spent 34 weeks on the Billboard reggae album chart.
source:los angeles wave
Excerpt: While Ziggy gives his music a twist in his own style, he incorporates a tint of pop while focusing lyrically on themes that are strongly familiar to fans of his father’s music — love and harmony chief among them.
“(My fans) should expect a good time and a good vibe, and words that have meaning to them,” he said.
Excerpt: “We’re not competing or playing a game or something. We just do what we do. Family is a connection,” Ziggy said by telephone, speaking in his thick Jamaican timbre. “Family is love. You have to support and understand and respect and see each other, you know.”
Some of the best lessons his father taught him and his siblings was the importance of hard work, discipline, humility and a purpose in life. His own advice to budding musicians is this: no matter what anyone does, they need to be equally true to the art and themselves.
Excerpt: “So really, music is a gift,” he said. “And the music is something that you have to put quality time into. And we try to make it better every time we do it.”
Excerpt: "I'd rather be by myself really than have like a million posse around me," Marley said in an interview at his Los Angeles home. "Some of them you don't even know what's in their hearts. You don't know who you can trust."
Excerpt: "That's why I sing that song, because I learned from what I saw as a child and decided that I would take another way," he said. "My father, we bumped heads when I was younger, much younger. ... I had different ideas that I shared with him. He didn't like them as much. He gets upset or whatever. I guess I had a strong opinion from when I was a little boy, you know."
Excerpt: "I believe that he is a good person and wants to see the best, but politics is a game. If you want to be a politician you have to play it, and you have to skirt around the truth. And you have to kind of shift things differently, so you can't really be true as a politician," Marley said. "If you did that, you are going to be out in a second. You cannot. You have to play the game. So he has to play the game. And we had hope that someone would be brave enough to change that, but it is very hard to change that."
Title: "B is for Bob" in top ten
Excerpt: 8. The Marley Legacy. Both Ziggy and Bob can count a kids' album in their canon--there's Family Time by Ziggy Marley and B Is for Bob, 12 acoustic re-imaginings of some of Marley's most beloved hits. (Sharing music is one thing; Reverb suggests you wait until Junior gets a bit older to share a family spliff).
Excerpt: "I really enjoyed 'Family Time'," Marley tells Billboard.com. "But it was such a specific album for a specific reason, I just consider it in a different league than (2006's Grammy Award-winning) 'Love is My Religion.' So it's been awhile since I've done an album where I can go back to some issues and sing about some things I couldn't address on 'Family Time.' But ('Family Time') was a really good project for me, and necessary at the time."
Excerpt: "The problem with using live musicians before was it was hard for them to come in and capture what I needed," he explains. "So the whole process of doing the pre-production on my own -- putting on bass parts, putting on drum parts -- was to avoid putting that amount of pressure on a musician coming into the studio to try to figure out what Ziggy wants, or what Ziggy's sound is or what Ziggy likes. So I'd give them the sound. I'd give them a lot of the parts and they could interpret it or play it properly. I wanted it to be very organic and not over-thought or over-processed."
source:weekly comic book review
Excerpt: What’s Good: This is a book that is going to appeal to people on a very personal level. The overall story of the book comes very strongly from the Rastafarian religion and the great Bob Marley’s “One Love” mythos that we should commune with nature, love our brothers and sisters and, of course, smoke lots of marijuana to expand our consciousness. Even if you don’t practice that type of creed in your daily life, it is hard to deny a certain attraction to it. I’ve certainly been on vacation and seen those dudes in Jamaica and thought, “Those dudes seem to have a LOT less stress than I do….”
Excerpt: Conclusion: A real treat. Everyone who enjoys alternative comics and stories should treat themselves to this artistic collaboration between Ziggy Marley, Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood.
Excerpt: The comics world welcomes Ziggy Marley and his new Image Comics original graphic novel, Marijuanaman. The five-time Grammy winner and Reggae star is collaborating with notable underground illustrator and Live Artist Jim Mahfood and longtime comic scribe Joe Casey. Marley came up with the concept of the character who is an alien who has landed on Earth to “deliver an important message and at the same time save his own planet.”
Excerpt: Marley, is currently working on a new album entitled Wild and Free, which will be released alongside the graphic novel. He is a prominent environmentalist and social activist whose Reggae jams echo the ever-changing vibe of the world.
source:the daily beast
Excerpt: "Bob was a very active person and, as kids, whether it would be a pickup soccer game or on the beach to run, he would take us with him. But Bob also grew up tough, in the ghetto, so he was a fighter. He had to fight and was capable of defending himself.
Excerpt: He was known for speed and footwork. Of course, he won. He didn’t cut you no slack. No headgear, just gloves. He toughened us up, you know? He always wanted us to be tough, so he gave us that tough treatment.
Excerpt: And what I realized is that when I’m fighting, in those days, I would fight to stop fighting. But some people are fighting to really hurt you. During that fight I realized that I was thinking the same thing—I have to really hurt this person—and realized that not everyone thinks the same as you do during a fight, so if you’re going to get in a fight, make sure it’s for the right reasons.
Excerpt: The last time we spoke, he called me and he said, 'What’s up Young Bob. I have a song for you.' And his song was, 'On your way up / Take me up / On your way down / Don’t let me down.' That’s all he said. And then I used that for a song called, 'Won’t Let You Down.' "
Excerpt: 8. The Marley Legacy. Both Ziggy and Bob can count a kids' album in their canon--there's Family Time by Ziggy Marley and B Is for Bob, 12 acoustic re-imaginings of some of Marley's most beloved hits. (Sharing music is one thing; Reverb suggests you wait until Junior gets a bit older to share a family spliff).
Title: Dreadlocks and Ducatis
Excerpt: The Marley brothers are in South Africa, along with director/producer David Alexanian (who filmed Ewan McGregor’s motorcycle trips across the world in the series Long Way Round and Long Way Down) to work on a documentary entitled Marley Africa Roadtrip.
Excerpt: “It is all about South Africa, because South Africa is a leader in Africa and we want to high-light that,” says Ziggy.
Excerpt: “The World Cup is only the plate on which we are going to serve the dish; it is not the dish,” says Ziggy.
“We have to prepare the dish that we want to serve. We want to use the opportunity that Africa has now to continue moving Africa forward,” he continues.
Excerpt: Since arriving in South Africa, the brothers have found themselves warmly welcomed whether they were recognised or not and, besides the sudden drop in temperature, their journey has been a positive, eye-opening experience, with all three siblings commenting on the country’s beauty, modernity, de-velopment and friendliness.