Hey, it's Dave. Or Ziggy. Yeah, Bob's kid. David (Ziggy) Marley. Marley and his band, the Melody Makers, plus enough other musicians to cast a Cecil B. De Mille movie will headline the tree-lined and totally spiffy Santa Barbara County Bowl on Saturday night. Also on the bill will be the Family Stand and Crucial DBC.
Reggae was popularized by Ziggy's father, Bob, who died of cancer in 1981 when Ziggy was 13. The Melody Makers originated around 1979 in Jamaica but became well known on a 1985 Bob Marley Memorial tour.
Ziggy, tall and 17 with plenty of dreadlocks, emerged as the star of the tour and sang mostly his father's songs. Since then, Ziggy and the Melody Makers have recorded four albums, have sold zillions of copies worldwide and received two Grammys.
Ziggy is making more money than Bob ever did. He probably needs to. Bob left 11 children and no will. Rastafarians don't believe in them but lawyers sure do. After all the legal hassles, the estate was basically broke. But the family is very close. In fact, three siblings, Cedella, Stephen and Sharon, make up the Melody Makers. The majority of the backup musicians are from a Chicago-based Ethiopian reggae band, Dallol.