Off the back of his recent Grammy nomination for Best Reggae album and an Emmy win in 2013, five-time Grammy winner and reggae icon Ziggy Marley has announced plans to release his fifth studio album Fly Rasta on April 11 via Tuff Gong Worldwide/Shock Records.
Activist, humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer Ziggy Marley has released 12 albums to critical acclaim. His early immersion in music came at age 10 when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. As front man to Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, the group released eight best-selling albums that garnered three Grammys, with such chart-topping hits as ‘Look Who’s Dancing’, ‘Tomorrow People’ and ‘Tumbling Down’.
Ziggy’s first solo album, Dragonfly (RCA Records), was released in 2003. His second solo release, Love is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide), won a Grammy in 2006 for Best Reggae Album. His third solo album, Family Time (Tuff Gong Worldwide), scored him a fifth Grammy award for Best Children’s Album. In 2011, Ziggy released his critically acclaimed fourth studio album Wild And Free, which earned him a Grammy nomination, as well as his first ever comic book entitled MARIJUANAMAN. Ziggy Marley Organics, a GMO-free product line including flavoured coconut oils and hemp seed snacks, was started in 2012. The products are distributed throughout the US and are available in over 1000 stores nationwide. His 2012 live album Ziggy Marley In Concert recently earned a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album.
Produced by Ziggy Marley with additional production by Dave Cooley, the album also features The Melody Makers including Cedella Marley, Sharon Marley and Rica Newell. The album’s title track ‘Fly Rasta’ is currently available on all streaming services and the album is now available to pre-order exclusively at ziggymarley.com.
A major world tour is underway for 2014 including a show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California. Additional tour dates will be announced soon, along with Australian shows later this year.
Submitted by Toni Gelonese