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Ziggy Marley

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David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley (born October 17, 1968, Trenchtown) is a Grammy-winning musician. He is the oldest son of Rita and Bob Marley, the legendary singer. His mother Rita called and baptised him David, but his father Bob nicknamed him “Ziggy” in reference to his childhood nickname. Born in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica, Marley learned how to play guitar and drums from his father.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Ziggy Marley first sat in on recording sessions with his father’s band, legendary troupe Bob Marley and the Wailers, when he was ten years old. Joining with his three siblings to become The Melody Makers, Ziggy crafted his own soulful sound blending , , and .

After their first two albums, Play The Game Right (1985) and Hey World! (1986), The Melody Makers earned their first Grammy (Best Reggae Recording) for Conscious Party (1988), an album produced by Talking Heads Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth which included the hit songs “Tomorrow People” and “Tumbling Down.”

Subsequent albums included the Grammy-winning One Bright Day (1989), Jamekya (1991), Joy and Blues (1993), Free Like We Want 2 B (1995), their third Grammy winner Fallen is Babylon (1997), Spirit of Music (1999) and Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers Live, Vol 1 (2000), which featured some of their biggest hits as well as a cover of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved.”

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