Ziggy Marley: My Top Ten Favourite Albums

Credit Malia JamesWith Grammy award winning reggae artist Ziggy Marley about to release his new album, Fly Rasta, on 14th April we thought it’d be a good time to sit down with him and find out just what his top ten favourite albums are.

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Fly Rasta promises to be another success Ziggy, a man who’s already won six Grammys including one for his last album, ‘Ziggy Marley in Concert’, which won “Best Reggae Album”.

Fly Rasta is Ziggy’s 5th studio album and it will quickly be followed by a London headline show at Electric Brixton on Wednesday 23rd April, for which tickets are available here. More details about this will appear in a following post along with a competition.

The press release about the album says:

‘Fly Rasta’ finds Ziggy exploring both traditional reggae and new musical territories, often merging the two. Keen to stretch himself beyond his usual frame-of-reference, ‘Fly Rasta’ incorporates elements of  rock, funk, soul and pop over a broad range of lyrical content.

Along with pushing musical boundaries, the album is a call for humans to come together, support one another and treat Mother Earth with care and respect. Marley has been a strong advocate for the environment, the overall health of the planet and its inhabitants. He is a long-time supporter for the industrialization of hemp and recently launched his own line of GMO free, organic coconut oils and hemp seed snacks.

Deeply collaborative, the album demonstrates a confidence in Ziggy Marley’s work that can only come from someone very much at the top of their game. It’s as powerful a call “for humans to come together, support one another and treat Mother Earth with care and respect” as you can get.

Fly Rasta is available for pre-order exclusively at ziggymarley.com.


Catch A Fire – Bob Marley

The album design was so cool. First “interactive” design for an album, I remember it.


Thriller – Michael Jackson

First album I bought when I bought my first stereo. That stereo changed my life.


Expensive Shit – Fela Kuti

This album introduced me to Afrobeat. Changed my idea of music.


Harambe – Rita Marley

My Mother’s album, it’s one of them best albums I’ve ever heard.


Survival – Bob Marley

This album was like my introductions to the struggles of Africa.


The Best of Sam Cooke – Sam Cooke

I used to listen to Sam Cooke all the time growing up. It’s a part of my life.


Toots & the Maytals – Toots & the Maytals

Most energetic music I’ve ever heard. This music introduced me to the energy possible in music.


Blackheart Man – Bunny Wailer

A very special album that has been in my playlist for many years.


Talking Book – Stevie Wonder

Stevie is just an inspiration.


Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell

Rhinestone Cowboy was an album and song I listened to all the time when I was really young. I remember it to this day.



Ziggy Marley’ website is here: ziggymarley.com. He’s also on Facebook and he tweets as @ziggymarley.

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