David "Ziggy" Marley (born October 17,
1968, Trenchtown, Jamaica) is a Jamaican musician and leader of the
band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. He is the oldest son of
famed reggae musician Bob Marley. His father gave him the nickname "Ziggy";
he has stated that it means "a small joint".
In 1979, Ziggy and his siblings, Cedella, Stephen and Sharon made
their recording debut with their father, "Children Playing in
the Streets". The Melody Makers, as the group came to be known,
played occasionally for several years, including at their father's
funeral in 1981. Their debut LP was Play the Game Right, which was
a very pop-oriented album, earning Ziggy some derision from critics.
The band's label, EMI, wanted to market Ziggy as a solo act, and
so the Melody Makers moved to Virgin Records, where they recorded
Conscious Party (1988, produced by Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth).
The album was critically and popularly successful, as was One Bright
Day (1989) and Jahmekya (1991).
Ziggy Marley singing at Guilfest 2011
As the 1990s continued, the Melody Makers' sales slowly declined,
beginning with Joy and Blues (1993) and continuing with Free Like
We Want 2 B (1995).
Ziggy became politically active, working with the United Nations
and released on April 15, 2003. On July 2, 2006, his second solo
album, Love Is My Religion, was released on his independent record
company Tuff Gong Worldwide. This album won a Grammy for best Reggae
album and this was Ziggy's 4th Grammy win. On May 5, 2009, his third
solo children's album Family Time, was released on his independent
record company Tuff Gong Worldwide. Family Time features Family and
Friends, Rita Marley, Cedella Marley, Judah Marley, Paul Simon, Willie
Nelson, Jack Johnson, Toots Hibbert, Laurie Berkner, Elizabeth Mitchell
and more. This album won a Grammy for "Best Musical Album for
Some of his most popular singles include "True To Myself", "Drive", "People
Get Ready", and his US Top 40 and Us Top 20 hit "Tomorrow
In April 2011, Marley announced his fourth album, entitled Wild
and Free would be released on June 14. The title track, featuring
Woody Harrelson, is available for free with the pre-order of Ziggy's
first comic book, "Marijuanaman."
 Personal life
Ziggy Marley is the oldest son of Bob Marley. He is married to Orly
Marley, who is a former vice-president of William Morris Agency.
He also has 6 children, Daniel Marley, Justice Marley, Zuri Marley,
Judah Victoria, Gideon Robert Nesta, and Abraham Selassie Robert
Nesta. Most of the family resides in Miami.
Ziggy Marley founded Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment (URGE),
which works to help children (especially in Jamaica and Ethiopia).
In 2007, Marley signed on as an official supporter of Little Kids
Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free musical instruments
and free lessons to children in public schools throughout the United
States. He has visited with children in the program and sits on the
organization's board of directors as an honorary member.
 Other work
In 1991, Marley and the Melody Makers contributed the song "Give
A Little Love" to the Disney album, For Our Children. The album
is a collection of kid-friendly songs by popular artists (e.g. Paul
McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Elton John), with proceeds given
to the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Marley made guest appearances as himself on an episode of the sitcom
Family Matters in 1995, and on the television series Charmed in season
6 (episode 14, "The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell"), performing "Rainbow
in the Sky".
He and his Melody Makers made a guest appearance on the popular
kids television show Sesame Street in the 1991-92 season, and sang
a Sesame Street version of "Small People" from their 1991
In 1996, Marley and the Melody Makers recorded the reggae-style
theme song for the children's television series Arthur called "Believe
He voiced Ernie, one of Sykes' (Martin Scorsese) Rasta jellyfish
henchmen in the 2004 film Shark Tale. In the film when Oscar (Will
Smith) tries to sing the Bob Marley song "Three Little Birds",
Marley's character zaps Oscar on the head and says "That's not
the way you sing that song, mon." The title song for the film
was a cover version of "Three Little Birds" performed by
Marley and Sean Paul.
Further voice acting includes "Crockadle" on an episode
of My Gym Partner's a Monkey, the Cheshire Cat in a 2010 episode
of Wonder Pets, and Reflux the Knaaren, in the Ubisoft video game
Marley covered "Drive" by The Cars for the Adam Sandler
movie 50 First Dates, and his father's song "Three Little Birds" for
the Dora The Explorer soundtrack.
Ziggy is listed as the featured artist on Donna Summer's song, "Crayons," the
title track from her 2008 album. He has also performed duets with
Angelique Kidjo, Sting, Dora The Explorer, Taj Mahal, The Chieftains,
Sean Paul and others.
Marley and his daughter Judah made an appearance in the 2009 Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Ziggy Marley released a pro-marijuna song in support of California's
Proposition 19 ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana.
Voters rejected the ballot but backers said they would mount another
legalization campaign in 2012.
 In popular culture
On an episode of Celebrity Deathmatch, Ziggy was mentioned while
his father, Bob Marley (who was brought back to life via time machine),
had his hands full with Shaggy. Shaggy first implies that Ziggy was
merely a Bob impersonator ("Me? What about Ziggy? He sings all
your songs - he even looks like you!"), while Bob answers that
Ziggy is his son. Shaggy taunts Bob on how Ziggy might have got his
name, on which Bob fight backs with comments on Scooby-Doo, where
Shaggy got his nickname.
His song "Love Power" was played during the end credits
of Muppet Treasure Island (1996), and "True To Myself" was
featured on the TV show Scrubs (Season 8 Episode 14 - "My Soul
On Fire", Pt. 1).
In the episode of South Park entitled Medicinal Fried Chicken, Randy
Marsh wants to get a prescription for medicinal marijuana before
the Ziggy Marley concert in Denver.
He is mentioned in holding a concert in Nevada in The Fresh Prince
of Bel Air
Main article: Ziggy Marley discography
Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers albums
2006: Love Is My Religion
2008: Love Is My Religion Live
2009: Ziggy Live From Soho
2009: Family Time
2011: Wild and Free