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Ziggy Marley brings voice of love to Penn’s Peak

Friday, September 14, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON Special to The Press in Focus

As a son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley’s concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 16, is set to bring his message of love to the stage with songs about social, political and personal topics.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica and the eldest son of Bob Marley, Ziggy and his siblings, Stephen, Cedella and Sharon, formed Ziggy and the Melody Makers in 1981 after their father died.

The first song the siblings recorded, “Children Playing In The Streets,” was written by their father. Their 1988 album, “Conscious Party,” received a Grammy.

Ziggy Marley’s first solo album, “Dragonfly,” was released in 2003.

“Creatively, everyone wanted to do something different. It wasn’t something we even really planned. It happened naturally,” says Marley of going solo.

Royalties from “Children Playing In The Streets” were donated to the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Marley started the foundation, U.R.G.E. (Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment), which supports education, health and the environment in an effort to improve the communities where children live. He has four children with his wife, Orly Agai.

“We started to form this organization for the legality of it to make sure the money is used right, but we have always been involved in charity. We focus on children and adopt schools and other organizations that focus on children. We try and do good with it. It’s small, but we’ve been doing it for many years and are proud of it,” Marley says.

Marley’s “Love Is My Religion,” released in 2006, received the Grammy award for Best Reggae Album.

“I don’t vote for myself so I don’t attribute my wins to anything. I don’t think of them as being the stamp of approval or the goal of achievement. It is not part of my consciousness, I attribute it to those who vote. They like it so they vote for it,” says Marley of his music business accolades.

“My father inspired me as a child, but so did my mother and grandparents. My father particularly taught me about humanity and how music can help bring change. Unselfishness, charity. These are the types of things that inspired me as a child in being around him,” says Marley of his father.

“Love it the ultimate spiritual expression. Love is the ultimate action. Love is what the idea of God is. The belief and philosophy of God is love.”

Of the concert, Marley says, “They can expect to hear a message within the music and dance if they want to dance and be a part of the community. This tour and show about expressing ourselves in this congregation in one voice. And the music is a part of that voice.

“We need food for energy, but the mind needs to be fed. We want people to walk away with food for the mind, both spiritually and mentally.”

Tickets: Penn’s Peak box office, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe;;; 800-745-3000