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Ziggy Marley, SOJA among 2015 Reggae Grammy nominees

Ziggy Marley and SOJAWith a slew of Reggae Grammys under his belt, Reggae megastar, Ziggy Marley will be looking to make a bit of history as he leads a cast of six nominated for the Best Reggae Album award at the 57th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles next February.

After winning the award for his Ziggy Marley in Concert album in 2013, Marley copped the nomination for this year’s awards for his album, Fly Rasta, which was released this past April. The singer’s fifth studio album featured its title track, featuring legendary singer, U-Roy as well as I Don’t Wanna Live on Mars and I Get Up featuring sister and a former member of his Melody Makers band, Cedella Marley.

Should Marley win the award, not only would he be the first reggae or dancehall artist since Shabba Ranks (1992 and 1993) to win back-to-back Grammy awards, he would be the first ever to win back-to-back honours twice, having done so in 1990 and 1991 with his Melody Makers band. Marley has six in total to date.

His competition will be stiff as Fly Rasta will go up against the likes of Full Frequency by Sean PaulOut of Many, One Music by ShaggyBack on the Controls by Lee ‘Scratch’ PerryThe Reggae Power by Sly & Robbie and Spicy Chocolate and Amid the Noise and The Haste by acclaimed American reggae band, SOJA.

While the others have won this category in the past, SOJA has earned their very first nomination.

Amid the Noise and The Haste is one of the highest selling reggae albums of the last year, with 12,000 first-week copies sold and over 22,000 copies sold overall after initially topping the Billboard Reggae Albums chart

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Trio of Jamaican acts nominated for 2014 Soul Train Awards

ShaggyInternationally-renowned Jamaican musicians, Shaggy, Ziggy Marley and Monty Alexander have earned nominations for this year’s Soul Train Awards. The nominations list was officially unveiled on Monday.

Shaggy and Ziggy have been nominated for Best International Performance for their singles, You Girl (feat. Ne-Yo) and I Don’t Wanna Live on Mars respectively. The former Grammy winners will go up against soca star, Machel Montano, American-born Nigerian act, Davido, Norwegian duo Nico and Vinz and English singer, Sam Smith for his chart-topping hit, Stay With Me.

Meanwhile, Alexander received his maiden nomination in Best Traditional Jazz Performance category for his Concierto De Aranjuez album. He will be going up against the likes of Audra McDonald (What a Little Moonlight Can Do), Gregory Porter (Hey Laura), Kenny Garrett (Pushing the World Away), and Wynton Marsalis (Flee as A Bird to the Mountain – Live).

Pop superstar, Chris Brown leads all with seven nomninations, including Video of the Year and Best R&B/Soul Male Artist. Beyonce follows with six nominations while Pharrell Williams, who scored the biggest hit of his career earlier this year with Happy, earned five nods.

The 2014 Soul Train Awards will be held at the Orleans Arena in Nevada on Nov. 7 and will be hosted by talk show host, Wendy Williams.

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Ziggy Marley wins 2014 Reggae Grammy

Ziggy Marley 2014International Reggae superstar, Ziggy Marley has won the 2014 Grammy for Best Reggae Album for his live album, Ziggy Marley in Concert.

Marley eclipsed Sizzla (The Messiah), Beres Hammond (One Love, One Life), Snoop Lion (Reincarnated) and Sly and Robbie and the Jam Masters (Reggae Connection) for the Reggae Grammy, his fifth since the award was first instituted in 1985. This marks his second solo album win in addition to three he won as the front man of his band, Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers.

Perhaps this should not as a surprise to music lovers, as since the Reggae Grammy was introduced, a Marley has taken home the honor 10 times, seven of those times happening since 2002. Stephen Marley has won the award three times (2008, 2009, 2012) while their brother, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley won twice (2002, 2004).

The royal family of Reggae music has often produced stiff competition for fellow nominated artists, with no artist winning the Grammy when a Marley was nominated since Shaggy’s Boombastic in 1996.

Nevertheless, the achievement proves the Marley’s stronghold and level of consistency within Reggae music long after the death of Reggae’s greatest act, Bob Marley.

Congratulations to Ziggy Marley on his award.

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Ziggy Marley wins Emmy award

Ziggy MarleyInternationally-regarded Reggae singer, Ziggy Marley can now add Emmy winner to his long list of career achievements.

The five-time Grammy award recipient was a winner at the Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Awards in Los Angeles this past Sunday for his song, I Love You Too, which featured on the British animation, 3rd and Bird, a show also airs on Disney Junior in the United States. Marley’s award was announced shortly before the Daytime Emmy Awards main show, which took place Sunday night.

Marley, the former lead singer of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers expressed shock at winning the award, insisting he knew nothing of the nomination, much less the accolade.

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Bob Marley earns new Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Reggae music’s greatest icon has posthumously captured another accolade after receiving a new Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy recently.

Legendary Reggae singer, Bob Marley earned a replacement version of the same lifetime achievement award that he initially copped in 2001. According to reports, Recording Academy personnel recently visited Jamaica and later noticed that the original version of Marley’s lifetime Grammy had been damaged; thus, leading to the decision of creating a new rendition of said award.

Bob Marley’s eldest son and fellow Reggae superstar, Ziggy Marley reportedly accepted the award alongside his sister, Karen Marley following a Recording Academy screening of the popular documentary, Marley at the Los Angeles Film School on Sunset Boluevard in Hollywood.

According to Neil Portnow, the Grammy Recording Academy president and CEO dubbed Bob Marley’s music as ‘song of faith, devotion and revolution.’

Bob Marley has earned several posthumous awards since dying of cancer at the tender age of 36 in 1981; being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001, just to name a few.

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Facebook to stream Marley documentary during its premiere

Fans of the highly anticipated documentary on Reggae legend, Bob Marley will have the chance to see the film through social media while it premieres across American theatres.

According to the Associated Press, Marley will make its debut in the United States on April 20, a day after its premiere in Jamaica at Emancipation Park in Kingston. While the biopic based on Bob Marley’s life is shown in theatres across the U.S., fans will be able to watch the movie online via Facebook. The social media hub will be streaming the documentary simultaneously, possibly indicating the impact of social media on shifting movie release windows.

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Marley documentary set for Emancipation Park premiere

Jamaican fans of legendary Reggae singer, Bob Marley won’t have to wait too much longer to see the much anticipated documentary of their beloved icon.

After being initially unveiled at the Berlin International Film Festival late last month to rave reviews, Marley, the first authorized documentary on Bob Marley’s storied life and career will be premiered at Emancipation Park in Kingston on April 19. The premiere of Marley will take place a day prior to its international release and will be free to the public.

The Marley family, as well as the executive producer of the 2 ½ hour film, Chris Blackwell expect a record turnout for the event which marks yet another major contribution and celebration of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence this year.

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Stephen Marley plays down Grammy win, hopes state of music industry improves

Internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, Stephen Marley has a lot or reasons why he should feel happy with his continued success. However, forgive the prominent singer if he’s not totally enthused about his most recent achievement.

Last Sunday, Marley won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, California for his album, Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life. This marked the artiste’s third career Grammy as a solo artiste and 10th overall, dating back to his days as a member and producer of his older brother’s band, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers.

Despite this unprecedented accomplishment for a Jamaican artiste, Marley claims that he hasn’t make a big deal about his latest Grammy achievement; implying during an in-depth interview with TVJ’s Entertainment Report that it’s just another footnote in his growing legacy.

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Stephen Marley wins 2012 Reggae Grammy

Score yet another victory for the Marley family on music’s biggest stage as Reggae superstar, Stephen Marley copped his eighth career Grammy on Sunday.

Marley won his the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album on Sunday for his third studio album, Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life. The announcement was made during the Grammy pre-show event at the Los Angeles Convention Centre in California and later conveyed to fans through Marley’s official website and Facebook page.

Stephen Marley beat out his brother, Ziggy Marley who was nominated for his sixth studio album, Wild & Free. Marley also beat out Dancehall/Reggae superstar,Shaggy for his tenth studio album, Summer in Kingston.

Other nominees in the Best Reggae Album category were veteran artistes, Israel Vibration for Reggae Knights and Monty Alexander for Harlem-Kingston Express: Live.

This Grammy victory marks a record third for Stephen Marley as a solo artiste; adding to five awards he previously won as a member and producer of his brother, Ziggy’s band, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers. The Marley family, in total, has won an impressive 14 awards since the Best Reggae Album category was introduced in 1985, four years after their legendary father, Bob Marley died. Ziggy Marley has won four awards while Damian Marley won for his albums, Half Way Tree (2003) and Welcome to Jamrock (2006).

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Ziggy Marley launches new radio show in U.S.

Internationally-acclaimed Reggae singer, Ziggy Marley, will host a new program on American satellite radio; promoting the best that Reggae music has to offer.

Ziggy’s new monthly show, Legends of Reggae launched this past Sunday on SiriusXM satellite radio in the United States, a day prior to what would have been his legendary father, Bob Marley’s 67th birthday. The program will feature unique insights from Ziggy Marley regarding Jamaican music and culture as well as interviews and music from some of his favorite Reggae artistes. Additionally, Marley will feature some of family’s music on the new program, including music from his days with the Melody Makers as well as his Grammy-nominated album, Wild and Free.

The pilot episode of Legends of Reggae featured an interview of legendary Reggae singer, Jimmy Cliff by Marley. The episode will be rebroadcast this Friday at 6 p.m. on The Joint: Channel 42. Additionally, Marley will interview other special guests during each show.

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First official Bob Marley documentary to debut this month

The life of Jamaica’s greatest ever musician will be encapsulated in film for the first time ever for the world to see later this month.

On Monday, which would have been Marley’s 67th birthday, it was announced by his family that the first ever documentary on the legendary singer’s life, entitled Marley, will premiere later this month at the 62nd annual Berlin International Film Festival. Marley was directed by Academy Award winning director, Kevin MacDonald. Additionally, the movie was produced by Magnolia Pictures and executive produced by Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell as well as Bob Marley’s eldest son and fellow Reggae artiste, Ziggy Marley.

According to Ziggy Marley, this documentary will take an in-depth look into Bob Marley’s life as a musician, father and social activist.

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Shaggy, Marley brothers earn Grammy nominations

Rather unfamiliar names head the nominees list for Best Reggae Album at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in February 2012.

Previous Grammy-Winning Dancehall/Reggae superstars, Shaggy as well as Stephen Marley and Ziggy Marley are three of the five contenders for the Reggae award at next year’s show. Stephen and Ziggy Marley are each vying for their third Grammy while Shaggy will look for his second award.

Stephen Marley copped the nomination for his album, Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life while his brother, Ziggy, earned his nomination for Wild & Free as well as Shaggy for Summer Of Kingston.

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Ziggy Marley claims Jamaican music industry lacks spirituality

Grammy-winning Reggae superstar, Ziggy Marley, has called out the Jamaican music industry; claiming that some of the Dancehall/Reggae songs produced today lack spirituality.

The eldest son of legendary Reggae musician, Bob Marley, is currently promoting his fourth studio album, Wild & Free, which was unveiled this past June.According to the Love Is My Religion singer, the Dancehall/Reggae industry is missing a mystical vibration and aura that’s needed in order for today’s singles to be remembered for years to come.

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Marley Africa Road Trip, A travel documentary

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When you are the son of a legend such as Bob Marley, whose music still lives more than three decades after his death, it is hard to make something out of your life without being compared to your father.

This has been the story of all of Marley’s sons, but most of them chose to make music anyway. While they may not have surpassed the father’s musical accomplishments, the Marley brothers have ensured that the family name is still held in high regard through their professional and personal lives.

Stephen, Damian, Ky-Mani, Ziggy, Rohan and Robert Marley have all had their go at music. Though kids these days may probably know Damian (aka Junior Gong) as the hot thing, big brother Ziggy has been making music for decades and even won a Grammy.

So, having seemingly accomplished all that can be done in the music industry, it is only appropriate that Marley’s first-born son leaves the reggae behind for a bit to venture into television.

Coming to your screen tonight will be his first production, Marley Africa Road Trip, a travel documentary that follows him, Rohan and Robert.

With the show premiering on Discovery, Ziggy took time out to speak to Tonight about it.

“All three of us are fans of motorcycles and riding a motorcycle… the experience is very mental. It’s very conscious. You have to be aware and we like that, you know. We did the trip on bikes just to be open to the elements and to the people,” he explained.

The brothers travel the South African countryside on their bikes. It is the ultimate survivor’s dream as they attempt to live under the stars and ride from dusk till dawn while exploring the land.

“It’s a much more open way to travel,” he said, referring to their preferred mode of transportation.

“You get a much more real experience being on a motorcycle travelling through a country than you would in a car, or any other way, or by any other means.

“We stopped when we felt like it and we got involved with the communities wherever we stopped. It was just a way to have a more open and not-so-insulated view of the land.

“I think being on a motorcycle gave us that opportunity and the freedom to explore places and people we probably wouldn’t if we were just driving in a car.”

Whenever an outsider makes a first visit to the country it is always interesting to hear their views on the place before the visit. Ziggy had an interesting take on the subject.

“It was my first time to South Africa and I was kind of, I wouldn’t say surprised, but I felt very good about what I saw because before we made the trip I remember there was some sceptical news about how you need to get a vest for knife attacks and things like that because South Africa is so dangerous. So I think this film will show Africa in a light that I think a lot of people who have never been here before don’t really know of, and I think that’s good for Africa,” he said.

Ziggy could have shot this production with anyone else, but he chose to do so with Rohan and Robert, for specific reasons.

“We work well together but we are kind of different, you know what I mean?” he asked, but I didn’t know what he meant so he carried on.

“I am really into the adventure stuff and my brother Rohan is not so much into it. He doesn’t like camping and things like that.

“Robbie is… he’s like the most quiet one of us all, so it was interesting.

“The trip showed different sides of us I think, because look, I like roughing it, but Rohan ended up driving in a Rolls-Royce at one point. I thought we were supposed to be on bikes, roughing it, but he would rather be in a Rolls-Royce. So I gave him some attitude about that, you know, but I mean, we have differences, but we get on together well,” he said, defining the typical sibling rivalries.

If you could digest Kim Kardashian and her sisters, then you would enjoy this as the brothers give a bit of themselves, away from the stage or studio.

lMarley Africa Road Trip airs today at 9.05pm on Discovery World (channel 250).

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Ziggy Marley performs in Israel despite fan requests to boycott show

Internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award winning Reggae singer, Ziggy Marley performed this past week at the Return to Zion festival at Sacher Park in Jerusalem, Israel. However, Marley had received several calls from fans to boycott the event for religious reasons; pointing out issues between Rastafarianism & Judaism.

However, the eldest son of legendary Reggae musician, Bob Marley was unmoved by the Facebook posts & messages on other sites asking him not to go to Israel; intimating at a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Tel Aviv that Rastafarianism & Judaism are a lot alike.

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World renowned Reggae superstar, Ziggy Marley has been instrumental in carrying on the Marley family legacy since he & the Melody Makers released their debut album in 1985. Though he’s done well to continue from where his legendary father, Bob left off, Ziggy’s latest project, “Wild & Free” is a part of his campaign to show Reggae fans how different he & his father are both personally despite their musical similarities.

Ziggy Marley creates his own identity with new album – “Wild and Free”

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World renowned Reggae superstar, Ziggy Marley has been instrumental in carrying on the Marley family legacy since he & the Melody Makers released their debut album in 1985. Though he’s done well to continue from where his legendary father, Bob left off, Ziggy’s latest project, “Wild & Free” is a part of his campaign to show Reggae fans how different he & his father are both personally despite their musical similarities.

“Wild & Free,” released in mid-June passes on lessons that Ziggy learnt from his late father & worldwide Reggae icon, Bob Marley but simultaneously reveals some of Bob’s many personal issues during the peak of his career, from his womanizing to his inability to shed yes men as he eluded to in one of his singles of the new album, “The Road Less Traveled.”

In an interview from his home in Los Angeles, California; Ziggy opened up about the issues he noticed Bob encountering during his career; particularly his tendency to keep an entourage around him. I’d rather be by myself really than have like a million posse around me,” Ziggy claimed. “Some of them you don’t even know what’s in their hearts. You don’t know who you can trust.”

Furthermore, Ziggy detailed some of the run-ins he & his father would have regarding personal beliefs & expression. Ziggy explained, “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, you know.” Ziggy also spoke of his affinity for city life given he was born in the city; one day telling his father, “I don’t want to be a country boy.” The single “Get Out Of Town,” off the “Wild & Free” album that talks about Ziggy leaving Jamaica for greener pastures.  Despite owning a home in LA, Ziggy mainly resides in Miami, Florida.

Ziggy & Bob even shared separate beliefs regarding their Rastafarian faith. “I said to him, ‘You cannot have dreadlocks. You can be dread in your heart. He was very upset. Each father want their sons to be just like them really,” Ziggy intimated.

Though Ziggy shares such differing personality traits from Bob, he’s more than willing to keep his father’s brand alive; recently releasing the “Marijuana Man” comic book as well as a “relaxation drink” called Marley’s Mellow Mood.

Musically speaking, “Wild & Free” is reminiscent of Bob’s smooth vocals & is filled with messages that attack political ignorance & promote love & unity like his father regularly preached. Singles on the album that speak to said messages include, “Forward To Love,” “Welcome To The World,” & “Personal Revolution.” Currently, the album is placed third on Billboard’s Reggae Albums Chart; one place below his brother, Stephen Marley’s album, Revelation Part 1, The Root Of Life.

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