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It's pointless not to compare Ziggy Marley to his father
Bob. Their appearances are eerily similar, and if you've only heard
one sing, it's no great stretch to imagine the voice of the other. But
while Ziggy is often dismissed as Marley-lite, in reality, after some
early missteps, he's simply picked up the mission handed to him, helping
reggae to grow and expand as a pop-form in a way that his dad died too
early to witness.
Marley was still in his early teens when he released his first two
albums with the Melody Makers, a band that included several of his
siblings, and they were both deservedly dismissed as juvenilia. His
youth still shows on
Conscious Party and
One Bright Day, but both records demonstrate a knack for pop
hooks that many reggae artists exhibit but are seldom recognized for.
Jahmekya is Marley's first real album as a grown up, and his
social concerns are suddenly more believable, less pro forma. On
Free Like We Want 2 B and, in particular,
Joy And Blues, both commercial flops in relation to some of his
earlier work, Marley succeeds in expanding his vision so that his music
nearly transcends reggae--world music through the eyes of a Jamaican
who's seen enough of the planet to know his rightful place on it.
Questions & Answers:
Can Ziggy ever compare to his father?
Well if looks count, then you only have to see that looking at Ziggy
is like looking at Bob 30 years ago.