Reggae royalty remains meek

 Ziggy Marley, son of the legendary
Bob Marley, is currently gearing up to release “Dancehall Originators Volume
1,” a project on which he is playing the executive producer role.

Mr. Marley on Wednesday, 17 March
spoke with the Caymanian Weekender about the project and other upcoming
undertakings as well as life in general.

He explained that the ethos behind
the Dancehall Originators album was bridging the gap between the youth of today
and the history of reggae.

“It is our hope that we can let the
new generation know about the history of the music. They need to have an idea
about where it is all coming from,” he noted.

He added that the offering would
showcase the creativity of some of the most highly celebrated reggae acts such
as Chaka Demus, Yellow Man, Buju Banton and many other reggae music stalwarts.

“During the 1980s, when a lot of
this music was coming out, there was no Internet and so only a small portion of
diehards or native Jamaicans were exposed to these artists, songs and sounds.

“We are hoping to give those who
did not have exposure to the music at that time a reference of that substance
they can relate to,” he said.

He added that the richest resource
was heritage should be known.

Mr. Marley has high regard regard
for the ambassadorship he was now vicariously responsible for by way of his
father’s legacy.

The last project released by Mr.
Marley was a children’s album titled Family Time.

He said this was a way of
communicating with children on their level and an “education” for him in how to
be basic.

As far as the lyrical process for
Mr. Marley, he said he tries to remain open minded, as there are a lot of
things going on both consciously and subconsciously and you are really “expanding
your own realisation. The creative process is important man,” he chuckled.

In addition to Dance Hall
Originators, Mr. Marley is also lending his voice to a full length animation
feature and says this is just another way of having dialogue and discourse with
people who do not necessarily listen to reggae music.

He added that the business of music
was changing and artists were not just musicians but commodities. He said this
was a slight bother to him but he was not along just for the ride and so was
not attaching himself to any expectation but rather accepting the destiny in
front of him.

“I don’t need to be worried about
anything. I just have to give thanks,” he remarked.

He said that what makes musicians
remain relevant were their live shows.

He maintained that the test of true
artistry is performance and making sure it is not always a “manufactured
thing”.

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