The Legend Behind Ziggy Marley
The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter recently hosted an exclusive screening of Marley, a film documenting the life and global impact of legendary artist and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Bob Marley. 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.
"[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."
Born David Marley in Kingston, Jamaica, Ziggy Marley learned how to play guitar and drums from his father and sat in on Wailers recording sessions at the early age of 10. In 1979 Marley, along with his sister Cedella, brother Stephen and half-sister Sharon recorded "Children Playing In The Streets." The quartet subsequently named themselves Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers and issued their debut LP, Play The Game Right, in 1985. Marley earned three GRAMMYs with the Melody Makers, the most recent coming in 1997 for Best Reggae Album for Fallen Is Babylon. As a solo artist he's received two GRAMMYs, the latest coming in 2009 for Best Musical Album For Children for Family Time. Marley's most recent release, Wild And Free, was released in 2011 and peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Reggae Albums chart.
Aside from executive producing Marley, Ziggy Marley also stars in the film, which also features his mother Rita Marley, GRAMMY winner Jimmy Cliff, Cedella Marley, producer/industry executive Chris Blackwell, and archived footage of Bob Marley.
"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]."