Ziggy Marley excited that Bob loved comics
For Grammy award-winning reggae artiste Ziggy Marley, the oldest son of reggae icon Bob Marley, his recent discovery that his father was an avid reader of comics made him so pleased, he could hardly contain his joy.
It was one of the simple, yet deeply impactful things that Ziggy found out while filming the Marley75 documentary interviews, which are part of the yearlong celebration to commemorate the reggae icon's 75th birthday.
"Some of those stories I had never heard before. Some simple things, like the fact that my father's first love was farming, not music. And then Bread ([Lloyd McDonald) tell me 'that Bob did love comics. But me love comic too! And I even still have some of them. But I never know that my father did feel the same way 'bout dem," a pleased Ziggy told THE WEEKEND STAR. "Wha! Nobody can't chat to me now. My father did love comic. Me take after him."
It means a lot to 52-year-old Ziggy to 'tek after him father' and he makes it known that he treasures family. In 2010, his album Family Time won Best Musical Album For Children at the Grammy Awards. Ten years later, Ziggy has released the follow-up, More Family Time. Ziggy said he was inspired by his four-year-old son Isaiah and put it into music form.
Released on September 18, the album debuted at number one on the US Current Reggae Albums chart on the week of its release.
Ziggy features some of his celebrity friends on More Family Time, among them Angelique Kidjo, Alanis Morissette, Ben Harper, Busta Rhymes, Lisa Loeb, Sheryl Crow, his brother Stephen, Tom Morello and Jamie Lee Curtis, reading her new book.
"They are all people whose music I enjoy and I asked them and they all said yes. I didn't have to persuade anybody to do it, and maybe that's partly because it has to do with children and also because I asked. I am not a person who ask people to do things for me. That part is never easy. But it all turned out well. The music is uplifting and positive," Ziggy shared with THE WEEKEND STAR. His children Judah, Gideon, Abraham, and Isaiah also make special appearances, along with his puppy, Romeo.
A portion of proceeds from More Family Time will benefit Ziggy's charity, URGE, which supports the education, social development, and overall well-being of the Chepstow Primary School and the One Love Youth Camp, both in Jamaica.