Fly Rasta

Fly Rasta

by Ziggy MarleyZiggy Marley


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Coming up on his third decade of making music, Bob Marley's eldest son Ziggy had already climbed the charts with a series of reggae-pop hits before doing some of that mid-career wandering that artists often do, going off on pleasing larks such as children's albums (2009's Family Time) or a return to rootsy reggae (2011's Wild & Free). All the while, he watched his younger brothers Damian and Stephen launch the 21st century electro-roots revolution, but rather than join their fray, his superior 2014 effort Fly Rasta finds him acting as the Marley kids' proud elder statesmen. Here, he's able to bundle his past into an album that's a welcome combination of comfortable and vital, kicking off with the very jam band "I Don't Wanna Live on Mars," a playful number that punches and high-kicks before sliding into a funky groove that recalls Ziggy's old crew, the Melody Makers. Speaking of, the background vocals of Erica Newell plus Sharon and Cedella Marley mean this album features a Melody Makers reunion to warm the heart of longtime fans, while a guest shot from the legendary dancehall DJ U-Roy on "Fly Rasta" gives the album both a swinging highlight and an anchor dropped way into the deep end of reggae. "I Get Up" is a horn-driven blast of pop and positive that sounds like "Tomorrow People" with more wisdom in the words, and while "You're My Yoko" sits on the track list like something to talk about, it's really just frivolous fun, tossed off with lyrics like "You're my beauty queen/You're my fashion scene" as if bed peace and breaking up the Beatles never happened. Right-sized, organized in a sensible manner, and an alluring balance of cool and calm, Fly Rasta lives up to its title as it sits on Ziggy's top shelf.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2014
Label: Tuff Gong Worldwide
UPC: 0804879284826
catalogNumber: 13
Rank: 29817

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ziggy Marley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Vincent Brantley   Background Vocals
Ian Coleman   Background Vocals
Steve Ferrone   Drums
James Gadson   Drums
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Sharon Marley   Background Vocals
Erica Newell   Background Vocals
Cedella Marley   Background Vocals
Rock Deadrick   Percussion,Drums
Tracy Wannomae   Horn
Zac Rae   Keyboards
Randy Gloss   Percussion
Sean Dancy   Background Vocals
Guy Erez   Bass
Tracy Hazzard   Background Vocals
Brian Lebarton   Keyboards
David Palmer   Keyboards
Ronobir Lahiri   Sitar
Taku Hirano   taiko
Fabio Santana   Horn
Brian Macleod   Drums
Dave Wilder   Bass
Todd Simon   Horn
Tim Fowlles   Background Vocals
Paul Stennett   Bass
Mike Hyde   Keyboards
George Hughes   Keyboards
Geoff Gallegoi   Horn

Technical Credits

Ziggy Marley   Composer,Producer
Dave Cooley   Additional Production
Neville Garrick   Art Direction,Layout
Cedella Marley   Vocal Arrangements
Jacob Luttrell   Composer
Souther Salazar   Artwork,Cover Art
Isha Erskine   Engineer
Sam Martin   Composer
Jared Hirshland   Engineer
Orly Marley   Executive Producer
Liam McCormick   Horn Arrangements
Rory Wilson   Layout
Owen Sutter   Horn Arrangements
Geoffrey Early   Composer

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