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Ziggy Marley’s Self-Titled Album Makes Big Start

Ziggy Marley’s self-titled album debuts at number one on the Billboard Reggae album chart.

This latest release is his sixth effort, and is a follow-up to Fly Rasta.

Fly Rasta won the Best Reggae Album Grammy award in 2015.

His sixth studio project, Ziggy Marley sold 5,493 copies in its first week.

It also debuts at number 99 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, number 98 on the Dutch albums chart, and number 130 on the Belgium album chart.

Photo Credit: Jay West/Wikipedia
Photo Credit: Jay West/Wikipedia

Released on May 20 via Tuff Gong Worldwide, the 12-track album is produced by Marley. The set includes Weekend’s Long, Marijuanaman, We are the People, Butterflies, I’m Not Made of Stone and Heaven Can’t Take It, featuring Stephen Marley.

“This is a continuation of the Fly Rasta ideology and philosophy. I learned so much during that process. Now, I’m taking this mindset and fulfilling a larger dream. I learned how to be more free and not to hesitate when it comes to exploring musical ideas. There’s a big difference lyrically. With my new record, I wanted to address my feelings about what’s happening outside of myself and in the world, how I see what I see, and solutions I have in mind. It’s very confident and direct. My fingerprint is on it more deeply. The world needs this message,” said Marley in a release.

“This album is about the struggle of humanity. I’m not singing about my own struggle but that of the human family, which I feel a strong connection to. I found myself emotionally and consciously affected by the plight of our species in general. We’re all family. We can’t let ego be the driver; truth has to be the driver. We have to help each other,” he continued.

Ziggy, the 47-year-old reggae artist is the eldest son of Jamaica’s reggae superstar and icon Bob Marley.

He has won Best Reggae Album Grammy Award five times — three with sibling band Melody Makers; Love is My Religion (2006); and Fly Rasta (2015).

Marley is currently on a North American tour in support of the new album. The tour began on May 27 in Coachella, California, and runs until August 27.

Nigel Belle, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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