Ziggy Marley's newest album, Fly Rasta, was released last Tuesday, April 15. The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter hosted an exclusive event the day after its release where the singer discussed exploring his Rasta roots and the messages behind some songs. He also performed a small set including songs from the album and a cover of his father, Bob Marley's "So Much Trouble in the World." Download the new album on iTunes.
"I Don't Wanna Live on Mars" - Ziggy Marley at the Recording Academy 4.16.2014
Marley referred to this song as metaphor for global warming. He says he wanted to make something that was "easy to listen to" and it sure is. The mellow rhythm along with the quick drums create a soft melody that anyone can vibe out to. Check out the performance above.
This relaxed song about perseverance is for when you need a pick-me-up or when you just want to jam to some Ziggy Marley. Either way, check out the great performance below.
"I Get Up" - Ziggy Marley at The Recording Academy 4.16.2014
Another great song to vibe out to, this is the title track from Marley's second album. With great message and a great melody, this song is guaranteed to make you forget all your troubles.
"Love is my Religion" - Ziggy Marley at The Recording Academy 4.16.2014
Ziggy Marley's voice takes on a haunting tone as he channels his father's spirit for this cover. Marley does great justice to this cautionary song and he gives a beautiful performance.
"So Much Trouble in the World" (Bob Marley Cover) - Ziggy Marley at The Recording Academy 4.16.2014
In an interview with Jeff Greenberg, Marley talks about the process of writing songs for Fly Rasta and trying to "push the boundaries" with this album. The singer says this album about his spiritual journey was 30 years in the making.
Ziggy Marley On Fly Rasta 4.16.2014
Source: The GRAMMYs YouTube Channel