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Interview: Ziggy Marley.

December 1, 2019

Ziggy Marley is a reggae legend. He is the eldest son of Bob Marley. His newest album is Fly Rasta. Ziggy recently discussed Fly Rasta, how his life and career are one and the inspiration he draws from his father. For more info on Ziggy Marley, check out

How old were you when you first got into songwriting? How’d that
happen for you? I mean, obviously, you’ve been surrounded by music
your entire life. When did you first start writing your own material?
It was a song about a girl. I think I was about 10 or 11. That was the
first time, but then after that, I don’t know. I’m not an intellectual
songwriter, so I don’t know when it really started, to tell the truth.
All of the sudden, I’m just writing songs.

Do you feel that songwriting is just something that just comes to you
naturally? What inspires you lyrically?
For this last album, things that I went through. I wrote songs about
stuff that I went through. You write something that you got, but we
have to get everybody tuned to it. The song is not just about you, but
other people can relate to it.

Absolutely, you want to make something that connects with many
different people.
Yes, yes.

Your family has been about writing music about themes. Your dad, he
made music that connected with so many different people. Growing up,
what inspired you the most about your father?
I think it was his toughness, you know?

His toughness and leadership role. I think that really inspired me.

Absolutely. Within your own music, you’ve used your music to make so
many positive things happen. With this album, Fly Rasta, what was the
first song you wrote for it?
It’s probably “I Get Up.” It was the first thing that came to me after
the injury. I injured my knee in soccer and went through some other
difficult things. I come out of it and I get up.

Absolutely. You make music that helps to keep people inspired. That’s
what it’s all about.
Yeah, hopefully, yeah. Somebody is touched by a lyric and it will be
good for that. Motivate people who’ve gone through some difficulties,
you know?

Yeah, absolutely. A lot of people make music and it’s disposable. You
don’t make disposable music. You make music that hits people hard and
that’s why you on a totally different level. Do you follow a certain
writing process? Do you start with lyrics first or melody first? Is
there a certain way you go about it?
There’s no process. However it comes, it comes. I can’t have a
process. It grows naturally.

How often do you find yourself writing songs?
It depends on the season. It’s just like winter, summer, spring, fall,
orange season, mango season, I have writing seasons.

Absolutely. You’re always involved in so many different projects too, beyond music. What are some of your new projects you’re working on?
I have some stuff that’s already been done, because right now I’m just
focusing on Fly Rasta. We have a couple of books that we’ve put out
already. One is the Marijuana Man comic book. The next one is I Love
You Too, a kid’s book. Hopefully, I can expand my creativity in some
film and then some more book stuff. The Internet and these things, it
gives me another real estate to try other creative endeavors. Anything’s possible.

Yeah. You’re such a creative force that it knows no bounds. Whatever you apply yourself to, you always put your own slant on it.
Yeah, sure.

I’m sure coming up, your dad taught you to look at things in a different view point, right?
No, we just grew up that way. I think some things are innate, some even before I was born. It’s a part of who I am. There are certain traits within us that are not taught, it just is.

Yeah, It’s something that’s just natural. What advice would you give
to artists just starting out? What have been some of the biggest
challenges you’ve had to overcome in your career?
My career, it’s not a thing. It’s alive, you know? The thing with me
is that my life and my music are connected. My career is not separate
from my life. It’s not like I have my career and I have my life. It’s
all one thing. The challenges we face in life are the challenges we
face in careers. It’s the same challenge, it’s the same thing. It’s
all one thing. The challenges of other people who criticize or don’t
believe in what you’re doing. The internal challenges that you face
yourself. Sometimes you are not sure. It’s all of these types of
things that happen in life, it’s a part of it. Advice to up and coming
people is try to be true to who you are. That’s a good lesson for life
and career.

The Reggae Vibes of 77 Jefferson at the Riot Room

January 15, 2017

77 Jefferson at the Riot Room, 1/13/17

77 Jefferson recently hit the Riot Room with their reggae vibes. The local band has a big national following. Groove out on these quality vibes!


Dancehall Forever: How I Became Passionate About Reggae-Dancehall.

December 13, 2015
Damian Marley

Damian Marley at Crossroads KC.

Like most people, Bob Marley was my first introduction to reggae. His impact on music and viewpoint is on a whole different level. However, being in New Orleans really helped ignite my passion for reggae-dancehall. NOLA has long had a strong reggae scene.

The first time I walked into Reggae Night, upstairs at the Dragon’s Den, people’s lifeless bodies were being carried down the stairs from overheating. It was an intense scene for sure, but I knew it must be one heck of a party. The Wednesday night DJ sets spun by DJ T-Roy are about hot, sweaty dancehall mayhem. It was always great to see what gets the crowd hyped up. Those old school Buju Banton tracks would always get the crowd moving. “Good Body” always hit really well.

Thursday nights at the Blue Nile, also hosted by T-Roy) start out on the more chilled out reggae tip. The dancehall vibes get turned up at the party goes late into the night. I made it to the end of reggae night once. It wrapped up at 6 am.

Being a fan of reggae-dancehall can be conflicting sometimes. The lyrics can be uplifting, thought-provoking and positive. However, at times, the lyrics can be really slack, disrespectful and trashy. This can sometimes happen within the same song.

To me, a lot of the beats and production in reggae-dancehall seem much fresher than in other genres. Many artists freestyle their verses over the riddims, which is always great to see and adds to the energy of the song. It’s interesting to see what different artists do with the same riddim. How they put their own spin on the track and what lyrical themes they address.

Attending reggae nights in NOLA also sparked my interest in DJing reaggae-dancehall. It’s a lot of fun to mix and great to see how people respond to the tunes. You can listen to my mixes here.

The quality vibes created by reggae-dancehall are unparalleled. The energy and joy is so infectious and wonderful.

Here are some of my favorite tracks:

Pressure “Love and Affection”

Jah Cure “Sticky”

Vybz Kartel “Go Go Wine”

Richie Spice “Di Plane Land”

Collie Buddz “Come Around”

Mavado “So Special”

Buju Banton “Champion”



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