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Topic: Family


Title: Cedella Marley on the Musical 'Three Little Birds,' Bob Marley's Legacy and the Marley Brand - Speakeasy - WSJ

source:wall street journal

Excerpt: The new musical “Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds,” written by the late reggae musician’s eldest daughter, Cedella, will open at the New Victory Theater in New York on Feb. 7, one day after what would have been his 69th birthday.

Excerpt: “This is going to be the best birthday ever for dad,” Cedella Marley said. “There will be a lot of children around celebrating.”

Title: Stephen talks music and soccer

source:miami times

Excerpt: Stephen Marley is a man of few words.

When asked what it's like to follow in the footsteps of his famous father, Bob Marley, a man who comes as close to deification as our popular culture will allow, Stephen replies with only a sentence fragment:

Excerpt: "The Fruit of Life is a natural extension of the root," Stephen says, "it features more collaboration work with some of the best hip-hop and reggae artists." Those collaborators include big names such as Wyclef Jean, Rakim, and the Roots' Black Thought. There is also the already-released song "Bongo Nyah," featuring his brother Damian and dancehall deejay Spragga Benz.

Title: Unity in Africa

source:pm news

Excerpt: Nana Rita Marley, Widow of late Jamaican reggae artiste, Bob Marley, has urged Africans and black people in the Diaspora to promote unity on the African continent.

Excerpt: “An ardent part of Bob Marley’s dream was ‘Africa Unite’ and, we must join hands and hearts to keep unity across the African continent, the Diaspora and the entire world. One heart, One strength, One soul and One God for us all, ” Nana, said.

Title: Ziggy Artist Scholarship

source:pasadena now

Excerpt: LAMA College for Music Professionals (LAMA) President Tom Aylesbury today announced a new Ziggy Marley Artist Scholarship to be awarded annually to the most deserving applicant for LAMA’s music degree programs.

Excerpt: “It is a great honor for LAMA to offer our incoming students such a prestigious scholarship in Ziggy Marley’s name,” says Alyesbury. “It is fitting that Marley, joined by Jobson, will be our guest for LAMA’s inaugural #LetsTalkMusic series. Both are extremely successful and passionate about music, and will provide an invaluable learning experience for our students and alumni.”

Title: Cedella Talks Bob's Legacy

source:chicago defender

Excerpt: For Cedella Marley, keeping her father's legacy alive is a full-time job.

The daughter of music legend Bob Marley is the author of multiple children's books inspired by her dad, the designer of a fashion brand named for the Wailers album "Catch a Fire," and CEO of Tuff Gong International, an organization he founded to support creativity. She's also worked with her brothers to launch Marley's Beverage Company, featuring a new line of relaxation beverages. The aptly named Marley's Mellow Mood recently kicked off Marley's Music Uprising, a competition that will offer the winning band (LA's PapaFish) a recording session with Stephen Marley at Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston, Jamaica.

Excerpt: What's the best advice you got from your father?
He always said to be true to yourself. I think a lot of people, when they see the family ... apart from probably five out of my seven brothers having dreadlocks, and we all wear a lot of denim, the religion wasn't really forced on us and to wear our own hair in a certain way wasn't forced on us. Dad always said just be true to yourself and everything else will just fall into place.

Excerpt: What did he teach you that you'd like to impart to your own children?
Believing that you can do anything, but again, it's going to take work. Nothing is going to drop in your lap. If you want something, you're really going to have to work toward that goal. And it's all doable. But you're going to have to work for it.

Title: Rohan and Lions

source:jamaica gleaner

Excerpt: Rohan Marley seems to be about much more than that, however, as he is now an ambassador for Protecting African Lions (PAL), a foundation/campaign to raise awareness and start protecting the decreasing population of African lions.

Excerpt: "The lion is much more than an element of the environment. It is a symbol of strength for nations around the globe. We must unite to protect these magnificent creatures that have blessed our earth with so much beauty and power. It is my honour to serve as an ambassador for PAL and work as one to conserve their future," reads a statement from Marley on

Title: Q & A with Ziggy


Excerpt: Where most people are used to seeing Ziggy Marley? Onstage. Where you’ll find him this week – in the kitchen. Well, to be fair, he’ll be onstage cooking at the Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, which kicks off Thursday. Will the five-time Grammy Award-winning and Emmy-winning musician, actor, artist, activist and humanitarian be sweating it as he adds chef to his many titles with back-to-back appearances come Saturday morning? Heck no! He’s dealt with double emergency airplane landings all in one day. This’ll be a piece o’ cake.

Title: Ghana to honour Nana Rita

source:jamaica observer

Excerpt: RITA Marley, widow of pop icon Bob Marley, will be made an honorary citizen of Ghana on August 3, that country's Independence Day.

Excerpt: "We are thrilled to see the Ghana Government recognising the tremendous contribution Nana Rita has made to Ghana socially, as well as economically. This is a historical day for those of us from the diaspora."

Excerpt: The Marley family have lived in Ghana for almost 20 years. Rita Marley has been involved in numerous charity projects, as well as operating a recording studio and helping to organise the Africa Unite concerts.

Title: Interview with Ziggy

source:origin magazine

Excerpt: MP: What is it that inspires you the most?

ZM: God. The answer is God. What inspires me is the universe. It’s hard to explain. That would be the most appropriate answer. That would be the best answer at this point in time.

Excerpt: MP: What is love to you?

ZM: Love is many things also. But love is mostly action. Love is cheering and sharing and compassion, and giving and receiving. Love is an action thing more than a word thing, that brings comfort or joy, or relief to anyone or anything. Animals, the planet, a person. Many different ways of expressing itself. Love is a positive effect. Love can never have a negative effect, only a positive effect. That would be the revelation of love. If you have a question of whether this is love, think about the effect.

Title: Ziggy Marley delights Victoria music fans

source:times colonist

Excerpt: Ziggy Marley’s first-ever concert on local soil was a music fan’s delight.

Forget about limiting the good vibes to reggae music. Marley’s set on Thursday had a little bit of everything going for it, from feel-good rhythms to sun-kissed singalongs. Genres didn’t enter into the equation on this night.

Excerpt: It just got better from there. To be fair, the Bob-isms were obvious from the get-go. Ziggy sounds an awful lot like his dad, and though he is without his father’s world-changing charisma, there’s a timbre to his voice that is unmistakably Marley.

He wasn’t alone on his fantastic voyage: Singer Tracy Hazzard joined in on the songs Changes and Justice, while guitarist Ian Coleman carried the chika-chika leads with a steely presence.

Title: Ziggy: Music with a message

source:times colonist

Excerpt: The eldest son of reggae icon Bob Marley continues to forge ahead, touring and recording in hopes that his music will inspire audiences. “I let it unfold naturally,” Marley, 44, said over the phone this week during a tour stop in Calgary. “But part of me wishes I could find a place, a true place, in the world where the influence of it is seen in a practical way. We sing about peace, and I wish I could sing peace and love and there would be peace and love in this world. We still have a lot of work to do.”

Excerpt: “Music is a very influential tool, but because of how the industry [works] — radio and all the other media — it is not always easy to get across the music that we do, our ideas, our messages, to the popular media. That’s why we’re touring. Touring and being on stage is a real way to get our message across.”

Title: Ziggy Marley gets in the groove

source:the star phoenix

Excerpt: Ziggy Marley's last name is part of a musical legacy. His father Bob's songs are known all over the world and are still on high rotation more than 30 years after his death. But for his eldest son, the legacy is less about music and more about being a good person.

Excerpt: "The music side of it is something that if you have it in you, you do it. But the real legacy is trying to be human beings who care for other human beings. That is what I saw from my parents," the Jamaica-born singer said in an interview.

Excerpt: "We try for something that is kind of spiritual and get people grooving, dancing, feeling good and also giving them something to think about with the words that we're singing," he said. "If they want to experience something in addition to being entertained then it is a good experience. They can see something different, feel something different, hear something different and get food for their brains."

Title: Ziggy Wins Emmy

source:jamaica observer

Excerpt: Marley, a four-time Grammy winner, picked up an Emmy for his song I Love You Too! from the Disney Channel’s animation 3rd and Bird at the Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Awards held in Los Angeles

Excerpt: “I didn’t even know I was nominated,” said the 44-year-old Marley. “When somebody mentioned to me that I won an Emmy, I was like ‘What’s that?’. It’s not like the Grammys when you know you are nominated and there is a lot of buzz around that... so I never expected it, but it feels good.”

Excerpt: “For the Emmy to acknowledge and recognise us in this form is something new for us, and is definitely a step forward,” Marley said.Marley, along with his siblings, has appeared on American children’s TV series Sesame Street as well as voiced a character for the animated move Shark Tale.

Title: Stephen's Revelation Part II

source:jamaicans music

Excerpt: Dubbed Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, Stephen explained to Rolling Stone Magazine that "Revelation Part 2 is the growth. The root is there, and we're looking at the leaves and the branches and the stem and different veins and all these things," he says. "I knew that conceptually it was not going to be a reggae album."

Excerpt: Featuring ace deejay Spragga Benz along with younger brother Damian over an enchanting Nyabinghi-influenced-Hip-Hop-fuelled beat, the single plays true to a bongo nyah's nature (a long-standing term relating a Rasta man to that of a gangster) while drawing hints of Little Roy's late1960's smash hit of the same title.

Title: Women honour Rita

source:jamaica gleaner

Excerpt: Famed artiste and humanitarian Rita Marley has been honoured with the International Women's Forum (IWF) Leading Light Award for 2013.

Excerpt: "She has made it her mission to combat hunger and poverty by promoting youth empowerment, economic investment and health-care education on the African continent," said IWF President Deedee Corradini.

In a glowing tribute to the widow of reggae legend Bob Marley, Corradini said the IWF has another definition of Rita Marley.

"She is the leading light who brings hope to the world through individual acts of commitment, dedication and contribution," she said.

Title: Ziggy Talks about his Roadtrip

source:i am rogue

Excerpt: Ziggy Marley: I started getting back into bikes, and I like dirt bikes, I like adventure bikes. I did some off road riding and then I started exploring off road riding and adventure riding. I watched the series that David worked on with Ewan McGregor called Long Way Round. So when the idea came to do a trip someone said, “Call David because he did the trip with Ewan and this is right up his alley.” We met David and David is cool, he's a friend. We kind of vibed right away with each other, because it's not like a professional relationship it's more of a real friendship relationship. So that worked well.

Excerpt: Marley: Yeah, I mean music has its journey to go through and it’s a creative thing. For me personally I'm adventurous, not only in the world of motorcycle but also in the world of music. For me music is a great adventure that I hope to turn new people on to. Music is a constant creative thing that you have to keep the journey alive.

Title: Julian's Australia show sold out!


Excerpt: "I look forward to finding out more about Cairns and its special vibes and bonding with the people." Julian said that while his legendary father passed away while he was quite young, he tried to carry his spirit with him until today.

Excerpt: Above all, Marley said he wanted to bring positive vibes to the people of Cairns for his first Far Northern show, supported by two of Australia's biggest champions of the reggae movement - Natalie Pa'apa'a, of Blue King Brown, and the Far North's own, Zenith performing in a special duo format.
"Reggae music is tailor-cut to uplift," he said.

Excerpt: "Spiritual upliftment with no divisions. 'Get Up Stand Up For Your Rights', because we are all equal.
Pushing positive messages is the perfect vehicle to get to the heartbeat of all people."

Title: Damian wins IRAWMA award

source:caribbean 360

Excerpt: Proving yet again to be a chip off the old block – or in this case a strike off the old gong – Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, son of the legendary Bob “Tuff Gong” Marley, did his iconic father proud when he snagged the Entertainer of the Year award at the 32nd annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at the Coral Springs Centre for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday.

Excerpt: Marley, who also bagged Best Crossover Song for “Make It Bun Them,” his collaboration with electronic artist Skrillex, was also one of three artists who took home two awards each

Excerpt: The Marley Family picked up the Royal Ambassador of Reggae World Music title

Title: Tuff Gong goes on the record

source:jamaica observer

Excerpt: The Tuff Gong Group of Companies will observe International Record Store Day on April 20 at its Marcus Garvey Drive complex.

Excerpt: "We are excited to participate in International Record Store Day because it's all about celebrating the relationship between music and the people who love music. The support of both our retail and wholesale clients is valuable to us, and this day is for them to come and enjoy," said the label's publicist, Myshjua Archibald.

Title: Ziggy Marley's Coco'Mon and Hemp Rules

Excerpt: Ziggy Marley has been busy creating his own path as well as protecting his father's legacy and helping to manage the Bob Marley estate. The five-time Grammy winner continues to make his mark in the music world with his latest release,

Excerpt: You had a lot of great feedback from the concerts, especially in Los Angeles. Do you have plans to write new songs in the near future?

Ziggy Marley: Yes -- that is what I'm doing right now. I'm in my studio working on songs. This is a laboratory for me where I experiment and mix different things until I find a song that I'm satisfied with. And hopefully people will like that song, too. You know? So I'm in the lab right now working on different formulas.

Excerpt: Tell us about your product , Ziggy Marley Organics?

Ziggy: It's coconut -- (from) organic coconut kernels. It's the world's first flavored coconut cooking oil. We have hemp seeds, which is another world's first because we roasted them. It's roasted hemp seeds in the shell. It's not out of the shell, so it's in the shell. And those are also flavored. Again it's non-GMO

Title: Ziggy Marley Debuts Food Line at SoBeWFF

source:miami times

Excerpt: Ziggy Marley comes from musical royalty. His parents are Bob and Rita Marley, who, with the Wailers, brought Jamaican reggae from the Kingston ghettos into the mainstream. Being the eldest son of musical icons has rubbed off on Ziggy. At age 44, he's already had a musical career spanning three decades, receiving five Grammy awards in the process. Marley has also acted, most memorably portraying Ernie the Rasta Jellyfish in Shark Tale. He has also grown his family's Tuff Gong label into a worldwide enterprise, created the Marijuanaman comic book, and is active in many charities.

Excerpt: What made you want to start an organic food line?
I love good food and it's been a big part of my culture growing up. I'm from Jamaica. We have very special foods there. I'm a food person, so when the idea arose, it was natural, really. I like healthy food. I know the difference between eating good and bad food because I've eaten both. When I eat well I feel a life energy; after eating badly I feel sluggish and lousy. So I'm conscious of this, especially when I'm performing and I'm on the road. Food is a very important part of that. That love and knowledge of it is very natural.

Excerpt: Let's talk about the hemp seeds. Do you think that people are going to buy them because of Ziggy Marley and your lifestyle, which is connected with marijuana culture?
Sure! Any way you want to take it. I have a comic, Marijuanaman, and my song "Wild and Free" is all about hemp. This is part of my circle. If people get turned on to hemp seeds because of my affiliation, that's fine with me. Because in the end, hemp seeds are really nutritious. They work well with our bodies. It's who I am, not just music and food. It's books and comics. I'm trying to express myself fully and truthfully. There are a lot of things in me that still have to come out.

Title: Julian Marley brings good reggae

source:the daily star

Excerpt: When Julian Marley was about to perform his seventh number of the night “On the Floor”, he stepped down from the stage and offered the audience to join him. This proved to be the key moment of the concert, as the audience who were glued to the seats until then suddenly broke free and started to dance and sing with Julian. He might have been equally surprised to see the Bangladeshis' enthusiasm and interest in reggae music.

Excerpt: And when Julian entered the stage through the right wing of the stage, he came along in a rhythmic fashion that Bob Marley was known for. There were two ladies to Julian's left to produce chorus all the time. Bob used to perform with three ladies known as 'I Threes', including Julian's step mother Rita Marley.

Excerpt: And Julian, who vowed to perform some good reggae numbers - to create love through celebrating his father's songs, in the end - left his audience fulfilled.

Title: No More Glory Days

source:jamaica observer

Excerpt: IF there are reggae fans who believe the music will one day return to its classic period of the 1970s, Ziggy Marley is not one of them.
In an interview for the latest issue of Spinner magazine, Marley said it is foolhardy to think the music his father Bob Marley and contemporaries like Jimmy Cliff made 30-odd years ago can be replicated.

Excerpt: "When you look at his and my father's generation, that whole generation, when reggae music was something new for the rest of the world, it will not compete ever again in history. It's been done," said Marley.

Title: Ziggy discusses latest Projects


Excerpt: There comes a time in adulthood when you are faced with the challenge of passing on your years of knowledge to a child. The struggle of getting our kids to think we know what we’re talking about is universal. We want them to think the music, styles and slang from our generation is cool, and it’s not usually an easy task.

Fortunately, Cedella Marley, oldest daughter to Bob Marley, singer/songwriter, designer, entrepreneur and humanitarian extraordinaire, has fought the good fight for generations to come. Ms. Marley has added author to her list of titles, creating children’s books that communicate the messages of her father’s music so simply and eloquently that even the most stubborn five year old will be holding a vibe after reading. Her works like Three Little Birds, One Love and her most recent title, Every Little Thing, use lyrics from some of Bob’s best-loved songs to communicate some of the values her family was raised with.

We had our resident children’s book expert, LargeUp contributor and kindergarten teacher Emily Shapiro, chat with her about her books, among other topics. Aside from her many obvious talents, Cedella is extremely insightful about how to best support and enlighten our youth. We highly recommend spreading the love and buying one or all of her books for a child in your life this holiday season.

LargeUp: I’m a kindergarten teacher in New York and I use your books in my classroom, so I’m really interested in speaking with you about them. But I wanted to start by hearing about your journey into writing.

Cedella Marley: From Melody Makers time, I’ve always written songs or choruses. I had forgotten when I wrote The Boy from Nine Miles… that was almost 10 years ago. It’s something that I’ve always loved to do, and something I grew up doing.

LU: There are so many of your father’s songs that have incredible messages for children, how have you gone about choosing the songs to turn into books?

CM: I want to be able to relate the lyrics to them without changing it too much, so with every book I’ve done, I’ve kept the spirit, and just make a few changes because it’s for younger readers.

LU: There are so many that need to be shared this way.

CM: “Smile Jamaica,” “Lively Up Yourself,” “High Tide” and some Melody Makers songs could be perfect [as children’s books]. If I was to really sit down and think about it I would probably find between 20 and 25 songs not just from Daddy but from Mommy’s repertoire too, and the Melody Makers.

LU: You autographed [the book] One Love for my class and I brought it to school on your father’s birthday. I thought this is the coolest thing ever: I’m going to read them an autographed copy of One Love on Bob Marley’s birthday. I was playing his music all day and I pulled it out, and the kids weren’t really that excited. I was much more enthusiastic than they were. But the amazing thing is that, after we read the book, they totally understood the message in it and were able to explain how they followed the same principles in our school, and other things that we could be doing to spread love. That was a really special experience. I used it again in my classroom because a lot of our school’s community was affected by Hurricane Sandy. We did some community service projects and One Love was a perfect book to guide that. So thank you.

CM: No, thank you!

LU: The book has a very strong message. What do you want children to take away when they read it?

CM: I think every child will find someone who looks like them or a member of their family. So it’s relatable. “Little C” was really able to get people together. In Jamaica we say “Puss and Dog can get together, why can’t we love one another.” In the book, she has the chocolate lab, who was Bobby, who was our pet for 17 years and she really brought everyone together to build up the community. It’s like my mother always used to tell us: “Together you are stronger, as brothers and sisters, and friends and family.” I really want to large up Vanessa Brantley-Newton, who did the illustrations. It was easy for me to write it but to collaborate with someone who can really make these characters believable and lovable and liveable [was important] as well.

Excerpt: As for the sound, Marley plans to stay within reggae, "paying respect to the roots but always pushing the envelope of trying to create something new -- which is basically impossible. But to try to do that brings a lot to it. Just having that intention in your head brings a lot of creativity and brings some interesting ideas and interesting chords and arrangements rather than saying, 'Alright, let's just go in to do what we [have] always done and what has been done before. I try to make my music interesting to me first, then hopefully other people will find it interesting, too."

Title: Cedella talks Children's Books and Family

source:large up

Excerpt: LargeUp: I’m a kindergarten teacher in New York and I use your books in my classroom, so I’m really interested in speaking with you about them. But I wanted to start by hearing about your journey into writing.

Cedella Marley: From Melody Makers time, I’ve always written songs or choruses. I had forgotten when I wrote The Boy from Nine Miles… that was almost 10 years ago. It’s something that I’ve always loved to do, and something I grew up doing.

Excerpt: LU: The book has a very strong message. What do you want children to take away when they read it?

CM: I think every child will find someone who looks like them or a member of their family. So it’s relatable. “Little C” was really able to get people together. In Jamaica we say “Puss and Dog can get together, why can’t we love one another.” In the book, she has the chocolate lab, who was Bobby, who was our pet for 17 years and she really brought everyone together to build up the community. It’s like my mother always used to tell us: “Together you are stronger, as brothers and sisters, and friends and family.” I really want to large up Vanessa Brantley-Newton, who did the illustrations. It was easy for me to write it but to collaborate with someone who can really make these characters believable and lovable and liveable [was important] as well.

Title: Ziggy Marley Chats Live Album


Excerpt: What made you decide to go live for this album?

During the last couple of tours and shows we were having a good time and a good vibe and I wanted to document that so that’s why. And I plan to take a break next year. I want to do some gardening and some other work.

Excerpt: What else are you working on?

I’ve got “Marijuana Man,” which is a graphic comic I put out. And I’m doing some webisodes. I’m using artwork, it’s not fully animated yet but there’s voices and that sort of stuff. So, we’re doing that and also in the next couple of months I’m doing a little kid book. It’s called, “I Love You Too.” It’s a nice little book that children and family can read together.

Title: Ziggy on Reggae and Hemp


Excerpt: Ziggy Marley believes reggae will never be what it was in his father's day, but he's doing his best to keep the genre's spirit alive. He's also doing cartoon voices for his Marijuanaman comic, has his smiling mug on a line of food products and is releasing a live record from his latest extensive tour. And it's nothing if not wild and free.

Excerpt: "When you look at his and my father's generation, that whole generation, when reggae music was something new for the rest of the world, it will not compete ever again in history. It's been done," Marley says.

Excerpt: "I've spoken to some of the other elders of the music. There is a spirituality over the generation, a magic within it that's not captured today," he says. "That's how I look at it. I'm trying to capture that thing in my music. I can be innovative, adventurous, that spirit I will try to always capture. But the root of it, that magic or that spirit, it's a little missing in the next generation. Good music is still coming out, but if we could get back that it would be much better."

Title: Ziggy contributes to End Polio Now CD

source:end polio

Excerpt: Proving that music can literally change the world, Ziggy Marley is uniting with ten other world renowned artists on a CD designed to rid the world of a lingering disease that continues to disable children – polio.

Excerpt: The CD, End Polio Now, features a global collection ofsongs performed by Rotary’s celebrity polio eradication ambassadors from the music industry. Spanning nine countries these artists have donated their tracks to support the fight to end polio. All proceeds from End Polio Now will go directly to Rotary International’s polio eradication campaign.

Excerpt: Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign raises funds to make sure every child throughout the world receives access to the oral polio vaccine. Though polio has declined rapidly since 1985, the fight isn't over and for as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected for life. Join the fight to end this disabling and potentially fatal disease. Together we can make history and create a polio-free world.

Title: Ziggy on Latest Live Album


Excerpt: EBONY: What made you want to record another live concert album?

Ziggy Marley: Well, I’ve actually been liking the things I’ve been doing and the vibe, so I wanted to share that and give people opportunity to experience the vibe that we have live.

Excerpt: EBONY: Is it difficult to live up to the Marley name?

ZM: I mean… this is a challenge. But it’s not something that we think about as a challenge. It’s a challenge because of people’s perception, but for us, we’re just trying to be true to what we’re doing and be real and respect our father’s legacy.

Excerpt: EBONY: Who inspires you and why?

ZM: Well, my greatest inspiration is… I guess people call it God. We say Jah. We know some people might say “the universe” or other things, but there is a spirituality that guides us and gives us our purpose. In my life—and I’m not speaking generally, I don’t know what about other people—but in my life this is what inspires me: this idea of purpose and service to your brothers and sisters. Music-wise, my father, Miles Davis, all of the great musicians. Marvin Gaye, too. I’ve even been checking out some classic, some Bach and some Beethoven, and studying, reading up about their music and about them. Because our music really plays a very important part in the psyche of society, and some music can do things to you that you never know.

Title: Cedella Marley discusses her new children's book

Excerpt: " 'Every Little Thing' is my adaptation of one my favorite songs sung by my father. I kept the spirit of the lyrics but made some changes for younger readers," Marley says. "I am thrilled to introduce the spirit of 'Three Little Birds' to a new generation and ensure they know that 'Every little thing is going to be all right.' "

The working mom, who lives in Pinecrest, considers herself a homebody. "I don't really get out much as work and being a mom keeps me busy," she admits. "I am an avid online shopper and foodie who loves to cook. So I prefer to hang out at home cooking some food."

Excerpt: As far as releasing some new tunes, Marley says she is waiting for the right moment. "I have been saying that for a while, because my brothers keep the pressure on me," she says. "But [for now], I will just say, 'soon come.' "

Title: Big strides for Every Little Thing

source:jamaica observer

Excerpt: CEDELLA Marley's latest book, Every Little Thing, is number one on Amazon's African-American children booklist.

Excerpt: Marley, daughter of reggae king Bob Marley, said Every Little Thing is based on her father's song, Three Little Birds.
"I have adapted the lyrics of my father to make it relevant to a younger generation including my own sons," the Tuff Gong International CEO told the Jamaica Observer in an email response.
Three Little Birds first appeared on Marley's 1977 album Exodus but released as a single by Island Records in 1980.

Title: Ziggy Marley to release live album

Excerpt: Five-time Grammy winner and reggae icon Ziggy Marley is set to release his new live album Ziggy Marley In Concert exclusively on iTunes on December 18th.

1. Higher Vibrations
2. Personal Revolution
3. Welcome To The World
4. Beach In Hawaii
5. Reggae In My Head
6. Jah Will Be Done
7. Forward To Love
8. Tomorrow People
9. Justice-War (medley)
10. Changes
11. True To Myself
12. Black Cat
13. Love Is My Religion
14. Is This Love
15. Wild and Free

Title: Marley brothers make moves

source:jamaica gleaner

Excerpt: Ghetto Youths International has cultivated and is ready to unleash an eclectic collection of young talent on to the music scene this coming fall.

Excerpt: The record label, which is run by brothers Stephen, Julian, and Damian Marley, has gathered its wealth of experience and ear for talent and has been steadily discovering, developing, and signing gifted artistes. The roster includes well-anticipated acts such as Joseph 'Jo Mersa' Marley, Christopher Ellis, Jasmin Karma, Black-Am-I, Javaughn, and experienced singjay Wayne Marshall.

Excerpt: Ghetto Youths International was founded by Ziggy and Stephen Marley in 1989. Stephen, Damian, and Julian Marley later incorporated the family-owned label. The three brothers have applied their musical talent and vast experience to developing new and different acts and styles of music.

Title: Marley backs Hemp

source:las vegas review journal

Excerpt: "It denies us the use of the plant and all the benefits that come from the use of the plant," Marley, 43, says. "It has medicine properties, of course."

And hemp offers economic and environmental benefits via clothes and other goods, he says.

"The demonization of it is to our own detriment," Marley says. "We are spiting ourselves by trying to always criminalize our negative connotations to this plant."

Excerpt: "Alcohol is a very violent and destructive element, but an adult can buy as much alcohol as he can drink. It's legal in this society. But what are the benefits of a can of beer?"

Marley doesn't drink.

And he doesn't have to smoke to make music.

"I don't need cannabis or alcohol to make music. My music comes from a spiritual place. It doesn't depend on marijuana. It doesn't depend on anything but God."

Excerpt: "We're on a self-destructive path as a species. And the criteria we're using to judge our success is the wrong measurement. We're measuring success by economic prosperity, instead of moral or environmental prosperity."

But he does understand why the powers-that-be deny climate change.

"They don't want to start a new thing. They want to stick with an old thing for as long as they can," he says. "And the more they hold on, the more destructive it is.

"They're going to hold on until they can't hold on anymore. So something has to give."

Title: Ziggy Marley continues dad's musical, political legacy

source:bellinghan herald

Excerpt: MB: Were you encouraged to pursue music as a profession?

ZM: No, I wasn't necessarily encouraged to pursue it because as I said education was first. We didn't really have to pursue it because it was in us and we had to pursue the things that weren't in us; schooling was very important.

Excerpt: MB: Who are some of the musicians, famous or not, friends of your dad's or not, who have had an impact on your music and your career, and also on your personal philosophy?

ZM: Dennis Brown, Toots Hilbert, Delroy Wilson, Fela Kuti. ... Hmm who else? Everybody! My personal philosophy is I gather information from all of the other artists but it is unique to me as my own philosophy.

Title: The Legend Behind Ziggy Marley

Excerpt: In an exclusive interview with, Marley's eldest son, Ziggy Marley, discussed his father's universal impact, discovering his own unique musical talent and executive producing the new film, Marley, among other topics.

Excerpt: "[People] see my father as being down-to-earth, cool and … like a friend," said Marley. "His personality still resonates just as his music does."

Excerpt: "The film is really a definitive piece on my father's life," said Marley. "The family was really involved in the creation of the film. All of the individuals who are in the film are people who knew Bob intimately. So you are really getting the inner-circle view of [my father]."

Title: Ziggy discusses MARLEY

source:abc news

Excerpt: Bob Marley’s children, band mates, widow and ex-girlfriends help tell his story in the mammoth documentary covering the legendary artist’s humble beginnings in Jamaica and rise to become reggae’s first and biggest international superstar.

Excerpt: “If I’m doing a concert and I’m having a problem with the audience…I just play a Bob Marley song and I’m good for the rest of the night,” Ziggy Marley said with a laugh. “I come out and just pull like ‘Jammin” or ‘Is This Love’ and I’ve got them now. Let me go back and do some of my own stuff.”
Ziggy said he learned things about his father in the process of working on the documentary, including the fact that his father was discriminated against in Jamaica because his father was white.

Title: A Conversation with Rita Marley

source:chrity: water

Excerpt: Rita Marley chats with Scott Harrison from charity: water to discuss the charity's initiative and how it came to be.

Title: 5 Questions With Damian Marley


Excerpt: WE’RE now in the midst of the nation’s most widespread drought in 60 years, stretching across 29 states and threatening farmers, their crops and livestock. But there is another risk as water becomes more scarce. Power plants may be forced to shut down, and oil and gas production may be threatened.

Our energy system depends on water. About half of the nation’s water withdrawals every day are just for cooling power plants. In addition, the oil and gas industries use tens of millions of gallons a day, injecting water into aging oil fields to improve production, and to free natural gas in shale formations through hydraulic fracturing. Those numbers are not large from a national perspective, but they can be significant locally.

All told, we withdraw more water for the energy sector than for agriculture. Unfortunately, this relationship means that water problems become energy problems that are serious enough to warrant high-level attention.

During the 2008 drought in the Southeast, power plants were within days or weeks of shutting down because of limited water supplies. In Texas today, some cities are forbidding the use of municipal water for hydraulic fracturing. The multiyear drought in the West has lowered the snowpack and water levels behind dams, reducing their power output. The United States Energy Information Administration recently issued an alert that the drought was likely to exacerbate challenges to California’s electric power market this summer, with higher risks of reliability problems and scarcity-driven price increases.

And in the Midwest, power plants are competing for water that farmers want for their devastated corn crops.

Unfortunately, trends suggest that this water vulnerability will become more important with time.

Population growth will mean over 100 million more people in the United States over the next four decades who will need energy and water to survive and prosper. Economic growth compounds that trend, as per-capita energy and water consumption tend to increase with affluence. Climate-change models also suggest that droughts and heat waves may be more frequent and severe.

Thankfully, there are some solutions.

The government can collect, maintain and make available accurate, updated and comprehensive water data, possibly through the United States Geological Survey and the E.I.A. The E.I.A. maintains an extensive database of accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive information on energy production, consumption, trade and price. Unfortunately, there is no equivalent set of data for water. Consequently, industry, investors, analysts, policy makers and planners lack the information they need to make informed decisions about power plant siting or cooling technologies.

The government should also invest in water-related research and development (spending has been pitifully low for decades) to seek better air-cooling systems for power plants, waterless techniques for hydraulic fracturing, and biofuels that do not require freshwater irrigation.

We should encourage the use of reclaimed water for irrigation, industry and the cooling of equipment at industrial operations like smelters and petrochemical complexes. These steps typically spare a significant amount of energy and cost. The use of dry and hybrid wet-dry cooling towers that require less water should be encouraged at power plants, since not all of them need wet cooling all the time. As power plants upgrade their cooling methods to ones that are less water-intensive, these operations can save significant volumes of water.

Most important, conservation should be encouraged, since water conservation results in energy conservation, and vice versa.

New carbon emissions standards can also help save water. A plan proposed by the Obama administration (requiring new power plants to emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour generated) would encourage utilities to choose less carbon- and water-intensive fuels. Conventional coal plants, which are very thirsty, exceed the standards proposed by the president. But relatively clean, and water-lean, power plants that use wind, solar panels and natural gas combined cycle, would meet them. Thus, by enforcing CO2 limits, a lot of water use can be avoided.

Because rivers and aquifers can span many states (or countries), because there is no alternative to water, and because water represents a critical vulnerability for our energy system, governments at all levels have a stake in working with industry to find solutions. The downsides of doing nothing — more blackouts — are too serious to ignore.

Excerpt: VIBE: Your father’s music has a spiritual tone to it, when you perform his music do you feel like you’re channeling him in any way?
Wow I don’t really think about that to tell you the truth. I’m a big fan of his music. I love to sing his music. It’s fun to me. On a spiritual level—lyrically when you listen to it—I believe the words. It’s like I’m singing something of my own because I recognize. So I just believe the words.

Title: Jamaica Best Olympic Kit

source:time magazine

Excerpt: We love these uniforms, mostly because the designers didn’t seem to be trying too hard. The vivid colors and geometric colors are so fun! Just like the Olympics!

Title: Jamaica Best Olympic Kit

source:time magazine

Title: Ziggy on Reggae

Excerpt: "It's like a mantra, a constant rhythm and groove," says Ziggy when asked to definitely describe the 'sound' of reggae. "It repeats in a type of melodic mode."

Excerpt: "The Rasta culture, which is the dreadlocks, and the [colours] red, green and yellow is really something that is separate then reggae, it's so dominant in reggae that people think reggae and the Rasta thing [is the same thing], but everybody has their own look and feel."

Excerpt: "It's best known in reggae because we come from Jamaica, and again - my culture, the Rasta culture uses the plant as a sacrament, as a religious thing. We use it for a lot of other thing than just smoking, a lot of people probably don't know. I grew up in a house with a lot of scorpions. So, if you got a scorpion bite one of the remedies is a bottle of alcohol, with marijuana leaf, pimento seed, and all sorts of herbs in it. It's a whole thing, not just smoking."

Title: Get Up Stand Up

Excerpt: On June 4, 2012, Fifty Six Hope Road Music, Ltd., the legal entity holding the trademark, publicity, persona and other intellectual property rights to Bob Marley, commenced an action in the United States District Court, Central District of California against several parties that have been manufacturing, distributing and offering for sale certain potpourri/kush products which bear Bob Marley’s name, image, trademark, persona and likeness.

Excerpt: “We have never authorized any party to sell these types of products with our Father’s image and likeness on them and are very upset to see that people are buying these products and being harmed by them. As a result we felt compelled to take action against the parties that have been illegally manufacturing, distributing and selling these unauthorized goods,” states Cedella Marley, a Director of Hope Road and Bob’s daughter.

Title: Ziggy talks hemp

source:ottawa citizen

Excerpt: %u201CThe herb,%u201D Marley says, warming up to a recent phone interview, %u201CCannabis, hemp, marijuana, whatever name you want to use. I was into learning more about it, and trying to understand why the world is not taking advantage of it as a natural resource. It was a big influence on the record, the idea of hemp and growing hemp.%u201D

“The herb,” Marley says, warming up to a recent phone interview, “Cannabis, hemp, marijuana, whatever name you want to use. I was into learning more about it, and trying to understand why the world is not taking advantage of it as a natural resource. It was a big influence on the record, the idea of hemp and growing hemp.”

A year later, fields of hemp are still not growing wild and free, but Marley doesn’t sound like he’s giving up. “It’s almost like a civil rights issue,” he says, chuckling at the comparison. “In the plant world, this plant is like the black people back in the day. I’m standing up for the civil rights of a plant.”

Excerpt: Or, to get back to the plant world, until there is no difference between hemp and corn or any other plant. A father of six children, Marley preaches the equality of plants to his kids in the same way he educates everyone.

“I present it as a plant that God created, that nature created, that, like everything that God created on this planet, has its uses. Everything is part of a bigger ecosystem. We play a part, the ants play a part, the bees, the worm, the fly. The cannabis plant plays a part. It’s just nature.”

Title: Ziggy Remembers Dad for Father's Day

Excerpt: Marley took a moment from his tour to chat with about Father’s Day, what he remembers most about his famous dad, and the most important thing he learned from him.

Excerpt: How will you and your family celebrate Father’s Day this year?
MARLEY: Every day of our lives, our Father is with us. Every day our Father is here with us spiritually anyway. I remember him every day, you know.

Excerpt: What’s your favorite song or album by your father?
MARLEY: It’s hard to say a favorite song of my father’s. I listen to all his stuff; a lot of the old stuff before the 70s. The album I used most was Survival during my high school years. That album brought me into the consciousness of Africa, the struggle of Black people.

Title: Ziggy: Let's not be food "lab rats"

source:the root

Excerpt: "If food is labeled, some people might choose to eat stuff that's genetically modified," he told The Root. "They might decide they love it. But give us a choice."

Excerpt: Ziggy Marley: It's a tool for a bigger message and a bigger purpose, and it's right up my alley. For me, music, culture and food -- it's a whole-body experience. We live in the culture and we have to eat properly, and food is a part of that. Also, it's a part of how I grew up, with healthy eating and healthy food, in Jamaica.

Excerpt: ZM: At some point in time, the politicians decided this issue with the pharmaceutical guys. They decided genetically modified foods didn't need to be labeled. And the American people are sleeping and need to wake up. The problem is disguised in food products -- nice-looking hamburgers and nice-looking corn.

Title: Cedella Designs Olympic Uniforms For Team Jamaica

source:huffington post

Excerpt: Jamaica's top athletes will be stepping out in style when they land in London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games thanks to their fabulous new uniforms designed by Cedella Marley.

Excerpt: And while the sleek uniforms were created with optimal performance and comfort in mind, they are super stylish to boot. We're loving the flashy prints, flattering silhouettes and saturated Jamaican flag colors represented in every piece.

Title: A Chat with Ziggy

Excerpt: Thankfully, Ziggy was able to fit in some time to for a phone call to answer questions from the entire Glittarazzi crew about his new album, the just-released Bob Marley documentary he co-produced, why he created a comic featuring pro-marijuana superhero -- and more! 

Excerpt: I'm father's eldest son and in our culture that caries some responsibility and some burdens, too. So, the fact that I felt a lot of people were telling stories about my father weren't close to my father to really understand him as person and as a human being. So, I wanted to represent him in any other project that would tell his life story. A friend came and said, "You know we should do a definitive piece on Bob that expresses his life in a full way." And, I thought that was a good idea.

Excerpt: The media structure and the commercial structure is not set up in a way that is used to be the voice. Its main objective is to make money and so the voice that question refers to is contrary to that. So, you have to look for it, because it will not be given to you.

Title: Cedella Marley designs Jamaica's Olympics Kit


Excerpt: For the fastest man in the world, he's not the most punctual. But fresh from running his quickest time this year in Rome, Usain Bolt could be forgiven for turning up late to moonlight as a catwalk model and unveil Jamaica's London 2012 kit.

Bolt, who exuded his trademark cool as he acted as a clotheshorse for a kit designed by Bob Marley's daughter

Excerpt: Cedella Marley said the military jackets and fit of the collection had been based on her father's style and the blurring of the lines between sport and music in Jamaican culture – although she admitted he preferred the World Cup to the Olympics. Marley's face features on the shoulder of some of the track jackets. "A little piece of him is going to be in London," she said.

Excerpt: The colours – green, yellow and black – may have been predictable but some of the detail, including the blurred images of two 1948 Jamaican track stars on the vest, were not. Bolt said the kit would inspire him to run faster still: "She's a great designer but also carries on the spirit of our nation through the legacy of the Marley family. It's going to be inspirational to run in London with that energy surrounding me."


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