Thursday, June 9
Showtime: 7:30 PM
Chautauqua AuditoriumSold Out
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 Rasta” — which 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 out on Tuff Gong Worldwide May 20, 2016.
“This album is about the struggle of humanity. I’m not singing about my own struggle but that of the human family — which I feel a strong connection to. I found myself emotionally and consciously affected by the plight of our species in general. We’re all family. We can’t let ego be the driver; truth has to be the driver. We have to help each other.”
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.
Throughout the course of his three-decade career and 16 albums, Ziggy has built a music legacy worthy of his legendary family name. With seven Grammy Awards and an Emmy to his credit, the humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer continually progresses at every turn. Ziggy’s musical history dates back to ten-years-old when he would watch his father Bob Marley record in the studio. His eight-album catalog with the Melody Makers encompasses three Grammy Awards and countless sold out shows. In 2011, he released his graphic novel debut, “Marijuanaman.” In 2012, he launched Ziggy Marley Organics, which quickly became a leader in GMO-free coconut oils and hemp seed snacks available in 1000 stores.
As he embarks on a world tour in support of “Ziggy Marley,” he brings his message directly to the people.
“Everything happens when it’s meant to happen,” he leaves off. “That’s how my career has been since the beginning. Each project is inspired. There are metaphysical and universal things at work in all of our lives. It’s natural and organic. This album is another one of those moments. The message came to me. It’s here at the right time, and I’m ready to share it.”