Order the new release, Fly Rasta by Ziggy Marley, and get a limited* autographed postcard with purchase!
The concept was simple: make a record that was true to himself, and expanded the territories of the traditional reggae sound by exploring new musical spaces. He had brought strands of other genres into his previous albums, but now he was looking further into the musical universe, like the deep-space eye of the Hubble telescope.
Fly Rasta fulfills Ziggy's mission by marrying his own distinctive reggae sound with elements of psychedelica, rock, funk, soul and pop, exploring further musical zones with the addition of sitar, tabla and taiko drums. "I'm looking to push the envelope, to challenge myself," Ziggy explains. "I have always wanted to travel far beyond the realms of expectations."
The album opens with "I Don't Wanna Live on Mars," which sets the tone both musically and thematically as a love song to his "woman" Earth. From its Mission Control countdown it breaks into an infectious reggae beat amped up by power chords, immediately distinguishing the album as a fresh musical amalgam.
The album's title track "Fly Rasta" offers an uplifting reggae anthem featuring reggae innovator and legend U-Roy, the strong backing vocals of The Melody Makers and an infectious horn section. A celebration of Rastafarian culture and a tribute to reggae's musical roots, "this is a song I've been holding on to for nearly 20 years," says Ziggy.
In the emotional ballad "Lighthouse," Ziggy offers strength as a beacon to loved ones. The tone brightens on the sitar-laced "Sunshine," a reminder of hope even in adversity "Moving Forward" weaves a similar message of conquering pain and hurt, yet in a progressive rock-flavored vehicle propelled by Takeshi Akimoto and Ian "Beezy" Coleman's angular guitar work.
While the introspective "You" utilizes the second-person to convey what is a song about finding your true self, "So Many Rising" speaks of common causes, stripping it down to acoustic guitar and hand drum in a reproach of greed, corruption, climate change and eroding freedoms. The mid-tempo "I Get Up," a call for feeling good and perseverance, finds Ziggy singing with his sister Cedella, who arranged background vocals on the entire album.
With a rock cadence, a nod to John Lennon and a slide-guitar break worthy of George Harrison, "You're My Yoko" is the album's direct praise for Ziggy's wife Orly Marley ("oh your sweet inspiration"). The theme of love culminates Fly Rasta in "Give It Away," echoing the legacy of Ziggy's previous love songs, including "Forward to Love" and "Love Is My Religion" with the words "Only if we give it away can love be love."
Ziggy Marley's World Tour Dates:
- 4/8 - Club Nokia at L.A. Live - Los Angeles, CA
- 4/11 - Wanee Music Festival - Live Oak, FL
- 4/12 - Tortuga Music Festival - Fort Lauderdale, FL
- 4/15 - Ancienne Belgique - Brussels, BE
- 4/17 - Caprices Festival - Crans-Montana, CH
- 4/18 - Komplex 457 - Zürich, CH
- 4/19 - Le Trianon - Paris, FR
- 4/21 - Den Atelier - Luxembourg City, LU
- 4/22 - Melkweg (The Max) - Amsterdam, NL
- 4/23 - London Electric Brixton - London, U.K.
- 5/24 - California Roots Festival - Monterey, CA
- 6/19 - Boarding House Park (Summer Music Series) - Lowell, MA
- 6/22 - Firefly Music Festival - Dover, DE
- 7/5 - Saturday In The Park (FREE SHOW) - Sioux City, IA
- 7/19 - OC Fair / Pacific Amphitheatre - Costa Mesa, CA
- 7/25 - Floydfest 13 - Floyd, VA
- 8/3 - Gathering of the Vibes - Bridgeport, CT
- 8/15 - Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival - Jackson, MS
- 8/29 - Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) - Aspen, CO
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