Written by Scott Brown
One of the very first reggae superstars I ever saw was Ziggy Marley. My buddy Dave grew up in Chicago, and had seen Ziggy perform a number of times (this was when he was recording and touring with the Melody Makers). Dave actually went backstage and met Ziggy (they had a mutual friend – a guy whom Dave had grown up with, and who was working for a major record label). Dave said that watching Ziggy perform was almost like a spiritual experience, and I came to find out that he was exactly right. Although I’ve never seen him perform with the Melody Makers, I have seen Ziggy perform probably 8 or 9 times now – and every time is a revelation. The man is amazing….a true performer, like his father before him. I have every concert DVD that he’s ever made, and they’re all memorable…loaded with great tracks, as well as outstanding audio and video.
One of my favorite Ziggy tracks is “True to Myself”. The lyrics remind me that no matter how tough my life has been, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Reggae music touched my soul, and this man has done the same thing time and time again.
This past weekend (on Saturday, November 1, 2014 to be exact), Dave came down from his home in Laguna Beach – and we prepared to see Ziggy at the North Park Theater here in San Diego (after a great meal at my favorite Mexican restaurant, Huapango’s). This concert was one of many during Ziggy’s “Fly Rasta” tour, and it was a great show. Ziggy brought his usual energy, spirituality and showmanship to the stage, and it was a sold-out crowd that literally hung on every note.
Our Executive Producer (Errol Brown) has worked very closely with the Marley family over the years, having started out as Bob Marley’s original sound engineer. Errol has won FIVE Grammy awards, and the most recent one was for his outstanding work on the last album to win “Best Reggae Album” – Ziggy Marley’s “Love is My Religion – Live”. As a matter of fact, when I first met Errol (through our Producer, Mitch Santell) I had no idea just how pivotal this man was in bringing reggae music to the masses. And sure enough – I went back to read the tiny credits on several of my reggae concert DVD’s – and Errol’s name was on a lot of them. When most people say “it’s a small world”, it usually rings hollow. I can honestly say that it IS a small world, and that I’m truly blessed to have such a legendary reggae icon on our capable team.
It’s a beautiful, sunny day in San Diego – and a Ziggy Marley song is currently playing on Scott Brown’s Big Reggae Mix. It brings a smile to my face and warms my heart to know how much reggae music has changed my life for the better, and I humbly look forward to sharing this with all of you.
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