Ziggy Marley “The Little Spliff”

What do we know about Marley’s children? Are his gifts being carried on by his offspring? Bob had many children, that he loved dearly. Eleven to be exact. Right now I want to talk about David Marley, also known as Ziggy. What does Ziggy mean you ask? The nickname was given to him by his father, Bob Marley. It means “little spliff”. He continued his father’s love for music.


In the late 1970s, you could find Ziggy along side his brother Stephen at some of their father’s concerts around the world. A few years later he and some of his siblings made a group called the Melody Makers. It consisted of Ziggy, Sharon, Cedella, and Stephen. Their debut track, “Children Playing in the Streets,” was written by their father, Bob Marley four years earlier. Bob had this idea of sharing the gift of music to children around the world through his children. The Melody Makers had their first on stage performance in 1979 at the ‘Roots Rock Reggae’ concert in Kingston. Ziggy was eleven at the time.

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King of Reggae – Marley


What better way could we start this blog with other than Bob Marley himself. He was so inspirational and intelligent man. Looking back at what he’s created in his time, makes us appreciate it more and more as time goes past. People still celebrate him and his music is continues to play loud and proud, around the world. Let’s briefly pay some tribute and listen to his words of wisdom.

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy,
‘Cause none of them can stop the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
Some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfill the book.” – Bob Marley, Redemption Song


His full name is Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley. He was born in February 1945 and passed in May 1981. Though he was raised catholic, he transitioned to Rastafari in the 1960s. If you ever wondered why Bob had his dreads, it was written.

“All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the Lord, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.”(Numbers 6: 5 KJV)

The Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist started out with the Wailers. Immediately after Marley pursued his solo career that took flight when it was released. His voice designated with his fans and broke records because of it. His album Exodus was released in 1977 and sold over seventy five million records. Everyone can agree that Bob was a very spiritual man. He later died at the young age of thirty six to a type of skin cancer. Doctors tried to convince him to amputate his toe that was infected with the cancer which was under the toe nail bed. Due to his religious beliefs he did nothing. They did remove the nail and and nail bed and covered the infected area with skin from his thigh. Despite what he went through, he continued his music and touring. Later during is Uprising Tour the cancer had spread and they had to cancel the rest of the tour. Take these last words he spoke to his son, Ziggy Marley, as more words of wisdom.

“Money can’t buy life.” – Bob Marley

He remained to be known as an influential musician that popularized reggae music around the entire world. Marley still symbolizes the Jamaican culture.

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