Marley brings message of peace to CNY
Ziggy Marley brought his message of peace and love to a full house at The Showroom at Turning Stone Casino on Sunday, September 18th. Son of famed reggae legend Bob Marley, Ziggy has become a reggae legend in his own right.
Ziggy’s songs, while musically groovy and danceable, are lyrically quite deep and socially conscious. There is the simple longing of slow burn “Beach in Hawaii,” and the introspection of “Love Is My Religion.” His most well-known song, “Tomorrow People” is about knowing where you come from. Half a dozen songs were off his most recent album, the self-titled “Ziggy Marley.” This included “Start It Up,” “Butterflies” and “Cecile.” Throughout the first part of the show, there were a few people on their feet dancing in the aisle with everyone else sitting in their seats. That all changed when about half way through the main set he played “One Love,” a song made famous by his father. Everyone in The Showroom got on their feet and was groovin’ along. Everyone was excited to hear Bob Marley’s music live on through his son. Ziggy seems to have embraced his father’s legacy and is proud to share it with the world. He would later play two more Bob Marley tunes, “Africa United” and “Is This Love.”
Ziggy didn’t banter much with the audience through the show, but while introducing the final song of the main set, “We Are The People,” he did offer this; “Don’t let the politics fool ya, don’t let race fool ya, don’t let class fool ya. We are all one people!” His music, and indeed his very being, seems driven by the pursuit of making the world a better place by spreading the message of peace, love, understanding and unity.
After the main set was finished and he walked off stage, the audience started crying out “ZIGGY! ZIGGY! ZIGGY!”. He eventually came back out and did a two song encore, ending the show with another song off the new album, “Weekend’s Long.” The cheering during the final bows was almost deafening. This crowd was definitely feeling the peace and love.
Marley’s current tour continues throughout the U.S. and Canada until the end of October.
James Suits / The Fuze Magazine
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