By Gregg Goldstein, as reported in The Hollywood Reporter
The family of Bob Marley has refused to license any of his music for a biopic that the Weinstein Co. is prepping — despite the fact that his widow, Rita Marley, is its executive producer.
The reason? There is a competing Martin Scorsese documentary being produced by the Marley family-owned Tuff Gong Pictures and Steven Bing’s Shangri La banner, the first theatrical docu to license Marley songs.
The family members involved in the Scorsese docu claim they were unaware that the Weinstein project would be unveiled so soon and believe that its projected late-2009 release date would interfere with their docu’s February 2010 release, which is timed to Marley’s birthday. Continue reading →
SAT., MARCH 1, 2008
MIAMI’S BAYFRONT PARK AMPHITHEATRE
Presented by THE BOB MARLEY MOVEMENT OF JAH PEOPLE & 103.5 THE BEAT.
For 15 years, one of South Florida’s longest running festivals is still going strong and feeding the hungry! This year’s line-up features Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Julian Marley, and Ky-mani Marley. With additional performances by Capleton, Richie Spice, Gentleman and The Far East Band, Junior Demus, Joseph Israel and Javaughn.
The 15th annual Caribbean Fest is a daylong celebration of music, arts and crafts honoring the life and philosophy of the legendary Reggae star Bob Marley. It features some of the top musical acts in the world, as well as popular local performers. The Marley “boys” — Stephen, Damian, Julian, and Ky-mani — will headline what always promises to be South Florida’s finest Reggae and Caribbean music showcase. Continue reading →
(Final show in San Francisco)
Story and photos by Lee Abel
You can not love somebody if you don’t respect them. So even if we don’t agree with certain things in life, if we respect each other, everything will be cool. ~ Lucky Dube
September 12, 2007 – San Francisco, CA – As Lucky Dube bounded on to the Ruby Skye stage, grabbed the mic, and began to sing Reggae Strong, the SanFrancisco crowd exploded with joy, swaying with arms raised high. This was the final stop in Lucky’s month long tour across America.
It has been four years since the African Reggae King toured the West Coast, and this time he came to share his new CD, Respect. A finely crafted album, Respect is filled with songs that are poignant, cautionary , and hopeful. The music is rich and layered, classic Reggae with African soul. I recommend listening with headphones. With his always-tight band and trio of harmonious female singers, he alternated between such classics as House of Exile and Prisoner, to more recent grooves such as Ding Ding Licky Licky Licky Bong, and several songs off the new CD, including the title track Respect and Shut Up (if you cant say something good about somebody,just shut up.) Continue reading →
ZIGGY MARLEY – Preaching Love and Creating Reggae Magic
at “Island Fest ‘07” in Coconut Grove, Florida
Ziggy and his band, featuring Santa Davis on drums and Skully on percussions, joined another Jamaican legend, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, on the line-up for a free concert held at beautiful Peacock Park in the village of Coconut Grove. Thousand of fans showed up for the music, the food, the perfect weather, and the opportunity to see the young legend perform on his home turf.
Surrounded by family and friends, Ziggy appeared comfortable, relaxed, and confident, He deftly delivered a stirring string of his own hits, including “Black Cat,” “Love is My Religion,” “Look Who’s Dancing.” and ‘Dragonfly,” as well as such Bob Marley gems as “Forever Loving Jah,” “Rastaman Vibration,” “Could This Be Love,” and ‘Jammin’.” Continue reading →
January 7, 2008 – Los Angeles, CA – Ziggy Marley is a four-time Grammy winner who has been playing and recording music for more than 20 years. David “Ziggy” Marley, the eldest son of Reggae legend Bob Marley and wife Rita, first experienced recording and performing at the tender age of ten. His main message was, is, and always will be Love.
He began recording independently in 2003 when he released his first solo album entitled Dragonfly. His most recent endeavor, Love Is My Religion, has received worldwide acclaim and earned him his fourth Grammy Award. He took some time to talk with Reggae Report recently after sound check at the Greek Theatre in Hollywood, California. We spoke about his philosophy, music, dreams, and a few secret projects he’s been working on. Here’s our conversation with Ziggy Marley!