Ziggy Marley performing in 2007.
|Born||David Nesta Marley
17 October 1968
|Other names||Ziggy Marley|
|Children||Daniel “Bambaata” Marley, Justice Marley, Zuri Marley, Judah Victoria Marley, Gideon Robert Nesta Marley, Abraham Selassi, & Isaiah Marley.|
Rita Marley (b. 1946)
|Labels||Tuff Gong Worldwide
|Associated acts||Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers|
Religion has become so many different things. Religion is an economic thing for some people. Religion is a gun.
I don't think we should do anything that should make the people hate the American people more.
People treat you according to your energy or what you put out there, so what I put out there is very open. I'm not paranoid or scared, I'm open. That's how I treat people, with respect and speak truthfully.
I believe we are all connected to other people. I am connected to people who are suffering. We all are.
Proud about my father? What am I most proud of? I think I'm proud of the legacy he left I think is what it is. He has left us so much.
When people come to Jamaica, we don't want them to think about the problems of Jamaica. So let them come be in their paradise.
I'm not an American, Do they count the votes in America? I haven't voted in Jamaica either.
My whole family is spiritual. My grandmother, grand aunt, cousins, they're all preachers and pastors. Spirituality is a part of my family, from generations ago.
Fitness has always been one of the top priorities in my life because that's the way I grew up, with soccer being the sport of choice.
My best business decision was to be independent as a musician and artist. My worst was compromising on certain aspects of a deal for the sake of other members of my group when I shouldn't have, because I was right in the end.
My father was like the Old Testament. I am the New Testament. I am part of a new generation. In time, people will realize this.
God is like the sun. When the sun shines, it shines for everyone. God is for everyone.
I don't care what you play, where you're from, who you produce. It depends on what you're doing when you're with me. That's what counts. I don't pre-judge anything or anybody.
Today, music is great for entertainment, but it is lacking soul; it's lacking substance, and it's difficult to find good stuff. There are too many corporate interests. It's not about the actual music because it's about the corporation, and music just becomes part of a package.
If religion had a good purpose, then man would have created something great. But we're man: we mess up everything. We mess up nature. We mess up God. We take what is given to us and make it into what we think it should be.
The most important thing my father taught me is that every man has to stand up for his rights.
The sun is always shining. We have oxygen, trees, birds. There's so much good things on Earth, still. We haven't destroyed everything.
Society and the system and politicians don't want people to be aware of things. They want people to believe what they have to show 'em.
We believe in the almighty and we believe in God and that music is from God and we're inspired by God to give messages and ideas to people.
I've opened up more by traveling outside Jamaica. It helps me to grow as a person to be outside of my element; to be on my own in a strange place meeting people.
Everything, I just wanted to be like my father. And, as I grew within the music, I kind of became myself which was even more like my father, only without me trying though.
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.
I grew up with coconuts as the main flavor in food in Jamaica. It's part of our culture.
I've spent a lot of time in America since Sept. 11, 2001. Being here, I was noticing that the people, who in the '60s used to voice their opinions about their rights, are much different today. People are afraid to voice opposition to the government in a mass way.
I never did feel any pressure in Jamaica. You just someone, not nobody big.
I was born by myself but carry the spirit and blood of my father, mother and my ancestors. So I am really never alone. My identity is through that line.
The revolution will come from the people and the willingness to work towards something better, to fight for a better living.
Sometimes my mistakes turn into interesting music because I do things that aren't supposed to be done.
I think my type of personality has all music inside of it, so I am full of music, without even knowing it, without even learning it, without even hearing it.
My father, we bumped heads when I was younger, much younger… I had different ideas that I shared with him. He didn't like them as much. He gets upset or whatever. I guess I had a strong opinion from when I was a little boy.
My dream is to live a good life and be loving, be close to God and be a good human being and bring peace to people.
Yoga is a great thing and meditation is also great to get connected to yourself more.
I'm inspired to do music. I really can't stop unless I stop being inspired.
The Rastafari culture has a very strong connection to Haile Selassie, a descendant of King Solomon.
I'm a big reader. My kids love reading, and I think it's important, not just for development but for bonding. You start reading to kids before they can even understand what you're saying to them, so I look at it as a fundamental tool for connection.
My father, my Rastafari culture, has a tight link to the Jewish culture. We have a strong connection from when I was a young boy and read the Bible, the Old Testament.
Screaming, it's not me. I tried it before! Action is more my thing. Not talking. It's hard for me to have word fights, fighting with words. I'd rather just listen.
Running is a part of my medicine. It's what helps relieve my stress, and it's what helps me get away from the concerns of business and anything else that's going on in my life that I need to escape from at times – to find who I am. Running really helps me with that.
I think parents today are looking for meaningful things for their kid. It's about feeding them something with meaning.
Children are the world's future, and we need to take care of them like we would any precious resource.
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.
I've been in Africa, America, moving around a lot. It's helped me to open up my mind. I was born in Jamaica; I've lived all my life there and got all I could from Jamaica. But I needed to be somewhere else to grow.
Social revolutions and group revolutions are good, and we need that, but we also need personal revolution – revolution within ourselves that change who we are as people.
Alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceutical drugs are legal, but they can hurt a lot of people.
Politics, nature, and what is happening all over the world is important to who we are and where we live.
I rented a house, recorded the stuff in a house. Just took my time 'cuz sometimes it's just rush, rush, rush. I just wanna live and play music.
I am a leader, so leaders always get heat. They're always going against the grain. Jimi Hendrix got heat; Bob Marley got heat; Miles Davis got heat. Every great artist got heat. Heat means you're doing something right.
This dragonfly came up to me. He was hovering right in front of my face, and I was really examining him, thinking, How does he see me? I became enlightened.
The people don't run the system; the people are victims of the system. The people choose the leaders thinking that they will help them. But when they turn around, there is no help.
I used to have this little mouse. I buy birds from the pet store and I let them go.
I have found that children are the most open-minded of all my audiences. They are not set in their ways. They are open to ideas.
My father and I had a really good relationship. We're cool. I am not trying to outdo him or anything like that.
I was in my yard and thought that the tree was a living being. We take trees for granted. We don't believe they are as much alive as we are.
No matter the bad things that happened in past time, let's try to live the best we can now.
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.
I was 12 when my father passed, so I didn't have a father during my teenage years.
I don't chase what I hear on the radio. I try not to compete with anybody.
I'm not so much into the beats. I'm more into the spiritual side of the music.
I'd rather be by myself, really, than have, like, a million posse around me.
Growing up, music was an important part of my childhood. I see it being just as important in my children and all children's growth and development, and in a parent's connection with their children.
'She Wolf,' by Shakira, makes you want to let go of your inhibitions and jam.
The more I grow as an artist, the more I think I become like my father as an artist. The more I diversify, the more I become like my father, which is true to who he was.
I love running in nature. I don't like running on the streets, I don't like running in the city, I don't like running on the concrete. I love running in nature, so Jamaica provides a lot of that for me.
Everyone will someday be judged for what they do, and Jah is the only judge.
The political system is not for the people. The people are secondary to the economy. It's about what generates money, not about what benefits the people.
Some of my songs I don't do on tour because they don't work well live.
I don't fight creativity. I don't fight against not being creative. If I'm not being creative, I'm not forcing it.
If African countries can unite and pull resources together, then that will be the best thing we could ever do for the problems in Africa including AIDS.
Reggae music is not an easy music to like when it comes to the power in society. 'Cause it talks about changing society. You won't find it readily accepted.
If food is labeled, some people might choose to eat stuff that's genetically modified. They might decide they love it. But give us a choice.
'Master Blaster,' by Stevie Wonder, is up-tempo and fun, like Stevie himself. Stevie's always making jokes; he really knows how to put people at ease. He's one of my inspirations, as a musician and a person.
I want people to get over the stigma about hemp. These seeds can't make you high, but they will make you feel good.
Love is a positive effect. Love can never have a negative effect, only a positive effect.
Reggae has a philosophy, you know? It's not just entertainment. There's an idea behind it, a way of life behind the music, which is a positive way of life, which is a progressive way of life for better people.
It's that kind of in-born music thing – I could pick up the guitar and play something. It's not something I consciously do.
I don't like to do things for any other reason than it happens spontaneously or there's something that makes it happen naturally. I don't like putting down too many plans and trying to do a strategy to get a certain response or a certain effect.
I'm digging Batman. I'm digging that balance, that duality. He's always on the edge and trying to balance himself within the rules of what's lawful and justice, and being Bruce Wayne and being Batman.
I am not reggae, I am me. I am bigger than the limits that are put on me. It all has to do with the individual journey.
The solution for mankind is of a spiritual nature. It is not a political or religious solution. It's the ability to love each other. That's the only solution I see.
The last thing my father told me was: 'On your way up, take me up. On your way down, don't let me down.' A father telling his son that puts some responsibility on my shoulders. He told me that, and I take it very seriously.
I want the people who listen to my music to feel the feeling that I feel, to cry the cry that I cry – justice. I want them to feel in their hearts the need for justice.
I follow the universe; I follow G-d. G-d made the sun, and the sun shines on everyone.
I think Americans should have a policy of love. That should be the foreign policy, love. Export Love.
I think the people should have a right to boycott whoever they want to boycott without the government making them into criminals and try to protect corporations from people. They should protect people from corporations.
I think it's wrong the way they criminalize herb. There are many more uses than just smoking. Beneficial to mankind.
I'm not a slave to the recording industry. I have the freedom to make an album that I want to make and do it the way I want.
Alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceutical drugs are legal, but they can hurt a lot of people.
I try to make my music interesting to me first, then hopefully other people will find it interesting, too.
Even if I wasn't in music, even if my father was a carpenter, some guy in Jamaica would go 'You're just like Bob. You're just like your father.' That happens in Jamaica all the time.
I am a leader. Leaders always get heat. They're always going against the grain. Jimi Hendrix got heat; Bob Marley got heat; Miles Davis got heat. Every great artist got heat. Heat means you're doing something right.
I make music that I know that people will enjoy, and balance the ideas and philosophy that we put in music with music that when we play it live, people can move to it and groove to it.
My father, his spirit is with me constantly, and I'm a believer in that world and the world of dreams and that stuff.
The people who are teaching religion and not teaching love are missing the message.
As a viewer, I love watching movies. There has to be an emotional connection.
In Jamaica, we eradicated polio many years ago, but there are a lot of kids suffering in Africa still.
My father loved all different types of music. He wasn't a snob. He wasn't a purist.
I would look at a dog and when our eyes met, I realized that the dog and all creatures are my family. They're like you and me.
It's very important that we instill some respect for the parents. In America especially, the kids are unruly, screaming at Mommy and Daddy, running the show.
The African-American community still needs to come together as one and stand up for rights of the people and of what's happening in their culture, their community.
My father's songs don't intimidate me; my father's songs are my songs. My songs are his songs. There's no intimidation.
The long-term study of GMO foods is going on in real time and in real life. Not in a lab.
I want to be fulfilled in myself, rather than try to follow exactly in my father's footsteps.
I have a satellite radio show called 'The Legends of Reggae.' It's a cool way to branch out and do other things. I'm paying respect to the legends of reggae.
Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.
The idea of who my father is to me is very different than who he is to you, or to the rest of the world.
There is a physical relationship with a woman that you don't have with anybody else, but that's not about love. Love is a spiritual thing.
My father's music gives hope to people and also inspires them to break the bonds of injustice and to be positive in life. I've seen that everywhere I go, especially in poor countries and poor neighborhoods.
I like doing nothing, actually. Doing nothing is better thing when I am not working.
I run four times a week. And I don't count miles – I don't do that. I don't care about that. I care about how I feel, and I run according to how I feel.
I left Jamaica for a while, because as an artist I need to experience different things, see the world, have different energies. Living in one place is not good for me.
URGE is a grassroots charity. We organized to get some incubators to give to the hospital for the kids. We donate money to orphanages.