July 15, 2017 – While on the east coast leg of his “We Are the People” tour, veteran reggae legend Ziggy Marley delivered a powerful and inspiring set to vibrant fans both young and old as part of the Celebrate Virginia After Hours Summer Concert Series at the Marks & Harrison Amphitheater in Fredericksburg, VA.
Ziggy Marley, the eldest son of global reggae icon Bob Marley, performed songs from his latest CD entitled “We Are the People” as well as music from his extensive catalog and also added in timeless classics from his father’s Exodus album (which has been remastered and re-released by Ziggy as “Exodus 40” to commemorate the album’s 40 year anniversary).
As the sun set on a very hot and humid Saturday evening at the packed outdoor venue, eager concertgoers began to crowd the grassy field in anticipation. The diverse mix of young and old fans of all races and nationalities, from all walks of social life and orientation proves that there is a common bond that unites us all – the love of great music with a positive energy!
Marley opened with his early hit “Tomorrow People” followed by “Personal Revolution”, and “Wild and Free” before performing his Dad’s classic “Positive Vibration”. Before each song, Ziggy spoke to the crowd briefly reminding us all that the world is in desperate need of love now more than ever. “How ya feelin’ now? This is your reggae show, ya know! We as humans have come so far. But there is still a level of evolution that we need to achieve to reach the next stage of potential for humanity.”
The set continued with “Reggae in My Head”, “Start it Up” and “Butterflies” before performing his hits “Love is My Religion” and “Justice”. The encore of songs from Bob Marley’s catalog included “Three Little Birds”, “Stir it Up”, followed by a a passionate extended version of “War”. Ziggy gracefully danced around the stage delivering his message of love and unity in an eerily similar fashion to his father. You could feel the energy and passion in his urgency and deliverance much like that of Bob Marley some 40 years ago. The message in the music was clear and concise, and could not have come at a more needed time.
The show ended on a festive vibe when Ziggy closed with “Exodus” joined onstage by his two young sons (Gideon: age 10 and Abraham: age 6). The Marley legacy is ever-growing and Ziggy’s own children are already instilled with a deep musical talent. Ziggy dancing with his sons was an unforgettable image that reminds us all that there is still hope for humanity, family and most importantly LOVE!
The “We Are the People” tour continues through New York, Vermont and Canada before embarking on the England leg in August.
-Jamaal Bailey (UHA)