Ziggy Marley | OC Fairgrounds | July 18


Both as the leader of the Melody Makers and later as a solo artist,


Ziggy Marley asserted his individual role as a reggae star, honoring the socially conscious values of his family's legacy while securing his own space in global music and culture. As the oldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and his wife Rita, he was the natural heir to the throne left vacant by his father's untimely death in 1981.

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Beginning in the late '80s, Marley and his younger siblings helped infuse reggae with heavy doses of vibrant pop, breaking through with their Grammy-winning 1988 masterpiece, the Chris Frantz- and Tina Weymouth-produced Conscious Party, which yielded the Top 40 hit "Tomorrow People" and was followed a year later by their biggest commercial success and second Grammy winner, One Bright Day.

Following a string of highly regarded albums in the '90s -- including the acclaimed Fallen Is Babylon -- Marley launched a successful second act as solo artist, reaching another career high with both 2006's Love Is My Religion and 2013's Fly Rasta (another Grammy winner), which featured reunion appearances from the Melody Makers. Following in his father's footsteps as a political voice and philanthropist, he later created the children's health and education charity U.R.G.E., and he has also written music for or appeared in numerous television shows, from Sesame Street to Hawaii Five-O. Marley has even recorded a couple of children's albums including 2020's highly collaborative More Family Time.

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