Tuesday, March 9, 2004
In a short but frustrating interview, lawrence.com spoke with Ziggy Marley, son of Bob Marley, who, among other contributions, has ensured that college students will always have a soundtrack to their freshman year. But this isn't about Bob. To our knowledge, it isn't about anything else, either. Huge, unintelligible segments have been omitted. Oblique references to unknown topics are retained where possible. lawrence.com apologizes for failing to better engage the groovy Mr. Marley.
Everywhere on Earth. You're universal.
Sometimes. Been travelin' a lot though.
Well, I mean -- good and bad, you know, I mean, like any city. But it's cool. It's a good vibe. Jamaica's a good vibe.
It's cool. Y'know we have a lot more radio stations now. Back in those days there were only two radio stations. Now there are many radio stations. So it's much more free, y'know?
You maintain that the name of your group is The Melody Makers, and yet every release and tour is under Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.
It start out by promoters. They usually just do that. ... Good for promotion.
Power to the Peaceful, I think that's Michael Franti's organization, 'cause I'm on tour with Michael Franti and Spearhead. U.R.G.E. [Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment] is a church organization that we kind of put together. Basically we help the needy in Jamaica -- orphanages, children -- focus on children for U.R.G.E. Right now, while I'm on tour, some of the proceeds from the ticket go to that charity, and I'm gonna, when that tour finishes, I'm gonna record what we have and do something with it. Ghetto Youth is a record label in Jamaica, which will hopefully help give young Jamaican musicians a chance.
Well, the truth is always positive. ... I will speak the truth ... The truth is the truth and we need the truth. ...
It's not a religion. It's a way of life. And a complicated thing. And I am me. I am who I am. And I live according to natural life. You know, live good, love each other, eat healthy, you know, be fruitful and multiply, thou shalt not kill, you know, steal and all of these things. So it's not really a religion and just a way which we choose to live life that kind of separates us from the existing society, by just how we think. We think on a more conscious level -- I mean, we're very skeptical of the system, you know?
Yeah, the part of the journey to live up to my full potential as a human being.
I smoke herb sometimes ... It's not a big part of my lifestyle.
In the States?
The United States.
I'm not a addict. I can do without it.
That was a while ago. They just asked us and we did it, you know?
No. No no no.
Yeah, there's a record out last year called "Dragonfly" -- first solo record for me. We're touring on it right now and promoting the message.
Similar politics? Yeah, I guess. Peace, lovin' people, yeah. If you call that politics.
Love, you know, love. That's all.