Ziggy Marley Sings a Lifetime of Experience
|As Ziggy Marley emerged from the depths of darkness backstage, a brilliant light shone through as he made his way to the Guvernment’s centre stage in Toronto. African sounds brought forth applause, cheers, and welcome greetings from the fans gathered to catch a glimpse of reggae royalty. The first-born son of the late, great, Robert Nesta Marley, quickly got people ‘Into the Groove’, of his sophomore-solo album, Love Is My Religion. Guiding the populous on an enlightening journey through time and space, Ziggy revisited tracks Bob once sang and shared his perspective, his side of the story. Songs like ‘Forever Loving Jah’, evoked images captured on film, of a time when he was merely a young boy on stage with his father, watching, singing, and dancing as the Reggae icon evolved and later was crowned King. Ziggy carries on this legacy, in his own words, in his own way.
Ziggy continues to share music indigenous to life, evolutionand struggle through word, sound and power. A spirit of unity, a spirit of oneness resonated through his words, through the music, through the vibe. Attentive and alert the crowd longed for every word cheering in appreciation and later calling him back for an encore.
Thankful to be blessed in such presence…
Ziggy drew ‘Shalom Salaam’ from his debut-solo project, Dragonfly, prior to leading us through the jungles that have kept people from their dreams. Sharing poetically crafted lyrics, Ziggy delivered ‘A Lifetime’ of music and messages in a couple of hours allowing the audience to venture to a place of melancholy, a reality check if you will, to hear messages of politics and injustices throughout the world. ‘Justice’ was questioned, reminding people of the innocent lives of Marcus Mosiah Garvey and Steven Biko. From here we ventured through another meditation, the same “Concrete Jungle” his father once warned about…
…and still “no sun will shine…”
Spirits of warriors and revolutionaries seemed present in the powerful drumming patterns and in the words of ‘Be Free’ and ‘Still the Storm’. Accompanied by his seven piece band and two songbirds, Ziggy’s messages “I don’t condemn, I don’t convert” were conveyed during ‘Love is My Religion’, the final track of his regular set. Upon returning to the stage, he picked us up in what appeared to be a distant land, where the sounds of the drummer and the bassist were effervescent and felt through every cell in one’s body… Again hypnotic rhythms captivated the audience during ‘Looking’ and his final piece ‘Africa Unite’. Ziggy Marley, like his father before him also writes songs of freedom, songs of redemption, songs of love, and songs of religion; a personal religion, better described as a way of life, a way of living. This is what we as RasTafari call livity.
This concert was anAfrica calling, “me wan’ go home!” Set my people free-with a hint of Tupac, Paul Simon, and Peter Gabriel rolled into one-Ziggy-Marley-kinda-vibe. Make love your religion…spread the word and spread the love… For more information on Ziggy Marley and Love is My Religion visit www.ziggymarley.com
Special thanks to REMG for another great presentation and particularly Lisa Louie for being thorough and to Dawn Langfield (www.langfieldentertainment.com) without whom you would not be reading these words. [Note from Dawn: Many Thanks Teresa!]
I leave you with a natural mystic, felt throughout the night; I leave you with the words of a son, written to and for his father, entitled ‘Keep on Dreaming’ and I livicate them to you and to everyone who has ever lost someone, particularly to a loved one I’ve lost recently…
Keep on Dreaming [David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley]
When you left me, I didn’t cry, but my heart was heavy
Source: Sweet T aka Teresa Castellucci