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Ziggy Marley

Friday, June 15, 2018, 2:00 AM

with Naomi Wachira
An open mind naturally attracts inspiration. Ziggy Marley remains receptive to the countless muses and magnetic flurries of creativity surrounding him on his musical journey. In 2014, he fully embraced a distinct freedom while working on his fifth solo offering Fly Rastawhich received the 2015 GRAMMY Award for Best Reggae Album. Maintaining that mindset, he went one step further on his 2016 self-titled sixth full-length album, for which Marley was just awarded his 8th GRAMMY.This is a continuation of the Fly Rasta ideology and philosophy, he explains. I learned so much during that process. Now, Im taking this mindset and fulfilling a larger dream. I learned how to be more free and not to hesitate when it comes to exploring musical ideas. Theres a big difference lyrically. With my new record, I wanted to address my feelings about whats happening outside of myself and in the world, how I see what I see, and solutions I have in mind. Its very confident and direct. My fingerprint is on it more deeply. The world needs this message.In 2015, Ziggy began crafting ideas for what would become his latest body of work in his bedroom and home studio. For the first time, he didnt discard any ideas; rather he put everything down admitting, Theyre all connected, and it opened up the scope. Incorporating that spirit of exploration, he began to look outward at the landscape around him. As the globe cries in pain on a daily basis, he wrote about something everyone can relate to.This album is about the struggle of humanity, he goes on. Im not singing about my own struggle but that of the human familywhich I feel a strong connection to. I found myself emotionally and consciously affected by the plight of our species in general. Were all family. We cant let ego be the driver; truth has to be the driver. We have to help each other.Diving headfirst into the music, he built the perfect sonic foundation for this message. The first single, Weekends Long, tempers a timeless reggae beat and island instrumentation with a chantable refrain carried by Ziggys instantly recognizable delivery.Its about so many different things, he says. It gives reasons why you should laugh instead of cry and why you should live instead of die. Music is a good tool for that. Its a song of hope and revival for those who are losing hope. If you dont want to go that deep, you can follow the tune and have fun with it. Elsewhere, Love Is A Rebel offers up a different kind of call-to-arms. When I was growing up, rebellion meant violence, he recalls. Revolution entailed forcibly and physically overthrowing a government. In this day and age when everything is skewed towards division, love is actually the rebellious thing to do. It isnt to pick up a gun and fight. Everyones doing that. Love is the rebel.Heaven Cant Take It provides a vivid perspective, spotlighting Ziggys storytelling in the process. Im a spiritual person, he admits. My father speaks about it more than I do, but we come from the same place, and were messengers in this time and age. Were conduits of higher forces. I wanted to paint a picture that heaven is telling us, Enough killing. Theyre going crazy up there. Heaven cant take it anymore. It needs to stop.This year, Ziggy chose to introduce the world to his music in a different fashion altogether, premiering two new songs from the album in a recent episode of the CBS hit series Hawaii 5-0. Additionally, he exercises his on screen acting chops for the first time in the same episode, as the character Bones, a recurring role written specifically for him.I was reluctant at first because Im a shy person, he smiles. I eventually opened up to the experience. It was a nice break from working on music. I went down to Hawaii. There was a lot of love because Hawaii loves reggae and my family. It gave me an entirely new perspective when I returned to the studio.He also found the perfect cross-section between his company Ziggy Marley Organics and the music.

Cost: $39.50 - $99.50
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