Ziggy Has See Some Nice Shows In His Day, But A Few Stand Out From The Rest

Just yesterday Ziggy Marley dropped his first live album in 12 years, Ziggy Marley In Concert (Boomshots premiered a track from it last week.)  Ziggy has worked plenty of stages in the twenty-seven years since the first Melody Makers album was released, Play the Game Right. The show on the album, recorded in Boulder Colorado, was a benefit to support the non-GMO movement in Colorado. “It was a very exciting night and it was a good show,” he recalls. “People were into it and we were into it. It was nice vibes.” Read More After The Jump…

In case you don’t know, GMOs are genetically modified seeds. Ziggy’s show was part of a movement to keep public land from being used by agro-pharmaceutical companies to sow these freaky seeds in these. Ziggy also happens to be the founder of Ziggy Marley Organics, a GMO-free product line including flavored coconut oils and hemp seed snacks, available in over 500 stores nationwide.

If you want to catch Ziggy’s live set, your best bet may be to cop the album. He says he’s not sure when he will be touring next. “I’m gonna kind of take it easy this year, up to next year. I’ve been experimenting with some graphics, using the comic book and adding voices to it. I’ve been putting it up as like a six-minute clips with art and voices. I did one already and I’m working on the second one. It’s called “Marijuanaman.” It’s on my Facebook and Twitter pages so you can see the first one up there. I’ve been doing that and I’ve been working on some songs and working on some music for next year, so I’ve been keeping creative. I’ve been working in my garden, picking tomatoes and planting some stuff.”

We thought it would be cool to ask him about the best live shows he’s ever seen. “OK, let me think back,” said Bob Marley’s number-one son when we called him on the phone. “Let me see…” After a long thoughtful pause, he broke it down like this. “I’ve been to a few shows, like there was this U2 show… But these 3 were pretty special experiences.” Click through the gallery above to read about each one.

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Fela Kuti Live in Chicago

Ziggy: “I went to Chicago to do some rehearsals and was working with a band over there. Fela Kuti came to town and I went to check that out—that was an experience! That was really cool. Yeah mon, he had the queens and everything.

Boomshots: I Three is not enough for that man. Fela needed, like, I Fifty!

Bob Marley & The Wailers "One Love Peace Concert"

Ziggy: Well, two of my father’s shows are definitely on there. One of them was the ‘One Love’ concert. This concert was held during a political civil war in Jamaica between opposing parties Jamaican Labour Party and the People’s National Party. The concert came to its peak during Bob Marley & The Wailers’ performance of “Jammin’,” when Marley joined the hands of political rivals Michael Manley (PNP) and Edward Seaga (JLP).

Boomshots: Was the ‘One Love’ concert the one when they were trying to keep him from performing? When they attacked him?

Ziggy: No, that was ‘Smile Jamaica.’

Boomshots: So ‘One Love’ was after that?

Ziggy: Right. When he got shot, he left. After that, he came back and did the One Love Peace Concert [on April 22, 1978, in the National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica].
That was a concert where Michael Manley and Edward Seaga, the two politicians, came together. That concert was special with all that tension and activity that was going on. Me and my brother Stephen, we danced. We went up on stage on that show too.

Bob Marley & The Wailers Live In Zimbabwe

Ziggy: The [other] show was when my father was in Zimbabwe. That was a great experience for me, politically. These were two political shows because of the circumstances.
Boomshots: Right. In both Jamaica and Zimbabwe there was a big struggle going on, right?
Ziggy: Yeah mon.
Boomshots: So what do you remember about Zimbabwe in particular?
Ziggy: In Zimbabwe, for me it was my first time to Africa. I was a child. Being in Africa, the things we saw was like my father’s music was a part of the movement, a part of the revolution. There was an idea about what music is and what our music meant for the people.
Boomshots: Didn’t your father actually pay to bring the band… like he made sure to be there for that event, right?
Ziggy: Yeah, it was very important for him. He had that song called “Zimbabwe” too.
Boomshots: Yes, exactly. “Every man have a right to decide his own destiny.”