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Ziggy Marley Brings Love of

Earth to Kids Book, CD

ziggy Marley, the eldest son of reggae icon Bob Marley, was in his kitchen with his then three-year-old daughter Judah when she declared, “I love you.” Marley replied, “I love you, too,” the genesis of his first children’s book, I Love You Too (Akashic), released last month.

In addition to garnering six Grammy Awards, Marley is also an environmental activist, and both the book and his latest album, “Fly Rasta” (Tuff Gong), also released last month, reflect that passion. In I Love You Too, Marley cleverly compares familial bonding with the love and affection various creatures have with their environments—fish and the sea, lizards and trees, worms and the earth, and others.

“Fly Rasta,” Marley’s fifth solo album, remains true to the family’s reggae roots with tasteful pop and rock flourishes, as well as global influences with the addition of sitar, tabla and taiko drums. The opening track, “I Don’t Wanna Live on Mars,” is a love song to Earth, but Marley is neither sappy nor preachy about his eco-friendly ways. “Fly Rasta” is an uplifting, upbeat album replete with optimism, musically and lyrically.

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