Bob Marley’s eldest son awarded his third gong at Grammy Award 2015
Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley’s eldest son, was awarded his third solo Grammy Award at the annual ceremony on February 8.
Ziggy’s concept album, Fly Rasta, took home the Best Reggae Grammy at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
The 10-track album, released on April 15, got the nod over SOJA’s Amid the Noise; Sly & Robbie featuring Spicy Chocolate (The Reggae Power); Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry (Back on The Controls); Sean Paul (Full Frequency); and Shaggy (Out of Many, One Music).
The 46-year-old’s first solo Grammy came in 2007 for Love is My Religion, while his second came last year with In Concert.
He also won three Best Reggae Album Grammys with the Melody Makers, a group that included his brother Stephen and sisters Sharon and Cedella. In 2010, he picked up another for Best Musical Album for Children with Family Time.
Co-produced by Dave Cooley, who is known for his work with independent rock bands, Fly Rasta fuses reggae with rock, soul, funk and punk. For the set, Marley reassembled his sisters, Sharon and Cedella, to provide background vocals.
The album’s title track features pioneer toaster U-Roy. Marley lists it as one of his favourites.
Fly Rasta sold over 16,000 copies. But Ziggy said he was not concerned about sales.
“Is a concept album. I took the arrangement seriously and had to educate myself, as I wanted emotions in the music. It is not linear, it has hills and valleys … a melodic arc,” Ziggy Marley told reporters.
“Mi nuh watch sales. Good music, a good music. Our music is spiritual and God music. So, if it come, it come,” he added.
Jamaica’s Tourism minister congratulates Ziggy Marley on Grammy win
Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill, was among the first to publicly congratulate the singer.
In a statement, McNeill said the award was well deserved and that the win couldn’t have come at a better time.
“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Ziggy on an award well deserved,” McNeill said.
“He continues to do Jamaica proud through his excellent music. This is a significant achievement and the entire country is proud that he has won this esteemed award at a time when as a nation we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the birth of his father, reggae icon Bob Marley,” he added.