Ziggy Marley Live At The Shell

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - July 22, 2009
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Ziggy Marley brings good vibrations

Fans can expect something very spiritual when Ziggy Marley takes the Waikiki Shell stage Aug. 15. The Grammy Award-winning artist returns with an entourage of international musicians from Jamaica and Trinidad to the Virgin Islands, including Joseph Israel, Rovleta Fraser, Blak Diamon, Mysterious and Zion.

Known for his inspiring and healing reggae-rock vibes, and as the eldest son of international music legend Bob Marley, Ziggy is thrilled to bring together a great showcase of reggae music.

“I think they can expect to feel a lot of love and good vibrations,” says Ziggy, former MidWeek cover subject (Dec. 7, 2007). “This is more than entertainment, it’s an experience - a spiritual experience that we’re trying to give people. We want to give them something deep.”

Joseph Israel is a musician with a message. A unique individual with natural talents and a spiritual calling, Israel performs material that is as thought-provoking as it is inspiring. The founder of the group Lions of Israel, Israel first performed with Ziggy in 2004.


“Hawaii is a beautiful place with beautiful people who love positive music,” says Israel. “To be able to return to Hawaii this year and this time with Ziggy Marley is a real blessing, for sure.”

Rovleta Fraser hails from the birthplace of reggae and is holding it down as the only female in this concert. Rovleta’s solo album One Room Child is set to be released this fall.

Blak Diamon, also from Jamaica, has recorded more than 20 songs and has collaborated with artists such as D-Mus, Jaro, Cheddar,

Kid Kurrupt, Young Berg, Shiest Bubs and Cap One.

Mysterious plans to share his Trinidadian heritage along with great music when he makes his first trip to Hawaii next month. And Zion, a native of the Virgin Islands, has been described as reminiscent of the founding reggae artist of the 1970s - bringing back the soul of classic roots into contemporary reggae music.

Each will bring their own unique vibe at Ziggy Marley In Concert , happening from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $35, $45 and $55, and are on sale at ticketmaster.com or by calling 745-3000.

“We’ll do all different types of material,” adds Ziggy. “We change things as we go, so I don’t really exactly know. But usually we do new and old, Bob and all different types of things.”

Ziggy’s first solo album, Dragonfly, followed by his 2006 Grammy-winning album Love Is My Religion, catapulted him into the musical spotlight. And most recently, Ziggy released a children’s CD, Family Time, which features special performances by Ziggy’s mother, Rita Marley, daughter Judah, sister Cedella, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Jamie Lee Curtis and Hawaii’s very own Jack Johnson and Paula Fuga.

“Me and Jack have been crossing paths every now and again,” says Ziggy. “He loves reggae music, and he did the Curious George thing, which was a kid thing, and he’s of my type of vibe. So we went through the red tape that was there, and he requested that he do the song with Paula. So I thought, cool, and we just did that.”

As for working with his youngest daughter, Judah, Ziggy says she enjoyed it a lot. In fact, he goes on to say that she was the inspiration for the album and was a part of the entire process, including when he worked on writing the songs.

“She’s a big part of the album,” he says. “She always wants to be on stage, so you can look forward to seeing her on stage.”

She’ll also be making the trip with her dad to Hawaii next month, something Ziggy says he’s looking forward to: “It’s always a vacation when we go to Hawaii.”

Ziggy expands on his love for children and music in another project, B Is For Bob, a children’s CD that released in late June.

As executive producer of the album, Ziggy worked to put together a collection of his father’s classic tunes re-imagined for kids and their parents.

“What we did is we used some of Bob’s songs and we did over some of the music to make them unique and different and more specifically for children, so children can have their very own Bob record,” says Ziggy. “We kinda edited out some words and we just did whatever we felt was appropriate for children.”

Also catch Ziggy Aug. 14 at 5 p.m. performing selections from Family Time at Borders Ward Centre’s music department stage.

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