Reggae fans missing Bob Marley, who died 35 years ago on May 11, may find solace this summer. Three of his musician sons – Ziggy, Stephen and Damian – are on tour, as Astrowani.com reports.
The Jamaican reggae star had many children. He and his wife Rita had three – Cedella, David Nesta (known as “Ziggy”) and Stephen (“Ragga”) – and he adopted two of hers, Sharon and Stephanie. Damian Marley (“Jr Gong,” after his father’s nickname, Tuff Gong) was born to Cindy Breakspeare, a former model and Miss World 1976 with whom Bob had a long relationship (though he remained married to Rita until his death).
Ziggy, Stephen and Damian – all three Grammy winners – are playing concerts this summer.
Ziggy’s new self-titled album comes out on May 20, his first since “Fly Rasta,” which won the 2015 Grammy award for best reggae album. His YouTube channel is streaming the latest single from the album, “Heaven Can’t Take It,” which features his brother Stephen.
Ziggy’s US tour starts May 27 and runs through August.
Stephen is on tour from mid-May to July, and he and Ziggy will be together November 14-19 on the Jamrock Reggae Cruise from Florida to Jamaica and back. The lineup for the music cruise also includes reggae stars Toots and the Maytals, Steel Pulse, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Beenie Man and others.
Damian Marley is on tour in Europe in August and September.
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For others looking for some Marley music with a modern touch, it was revealed this week that Pearl Jam will release a live cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” featuring Beyoncé to members of their official fan club.
The band performed it with Bey at the Global Citizen Festival last year.