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CD REVIEW

Ziggy Marley: Fly Rasta

by Bill Murphy on May 19, 2014

Like any other musical genre, reggae music has gone through plenty of changes over the last decade or so—most of them due to leaps in technology and an ever-shrinking world of interconnectivity and influence. Meanwhile, Ziggy Marley has grown into a zen master of rolling with the punches, and not just because his famous father prepared him for it. If his latest album Fly Rasta offers any insight into the man himself, then it’s that the eldest Marley scion has a firm grip on where he wants his music to go. Universality is the overarching theme, from the futuristic pop-rock of the album opener “I Don't Wanna Live on Mars” to the back-to-the-roots stepper’s groove of the title track (featuring the one-and-only U-Roy)—but even more compelling, there’s a message of hope that feels palpable and real in songs like “I Get Up” and “Moving Forward.” At a time when our small world seems to breed an even smaller mindset hobbled by cynicism, Marley’s voice—progressive, enlightened, and above all, familiar—might be just what we so desperately need.

Authors: Bill Murphy
Artist: Ziggy Marley
Album: Fly Rasta
Label: Tuff Gong Worldwide

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