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Ziggy Marley Brings The Love to Arts, Beats & Eats

Of the Oakland Press

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For David “Ziggy” Marley, “Love is My Religion,” is more than just the title for his second solo album.

“That is a message for the world,” says Marley, 37, the oldest son of the late reggae great Bob Marley, who previously recorded with his siblings in the Melody Makers. “That is the message that God said to give to the people; ‘Tell them that love is the religion.’ So that is the message from higher places.”

Marley, whose album is currently available only at Target, says the concept for “Love is My Religion” came from a casual conversation with a friend.

“One day I was speaking with a lady, and I

said, ‘What religion are you?’ ” recalls Marley, who attended Christian and Rastafari churches in Jamaica while growing up. “She said she was Catholic, and she turned around and asked me the same question. And at that moment I just said, ‘Love is my religion.’

“That was the only time that ever came into my mind, but at that moment there was a spark in my head — ‘That’s what I am about! That’s what I believe, and that’s my philosophy.’ So this is my religion; It’s all about loving each other.”

Marley — who will spread the love at 6 p.m. Monday on the Michigan Lottery National Stage at Arts, Beats & Eats in downtown Pontiac — says he’s into making music on his own after more than 20 years and three Grammy Awards with the Melody Makers. He still gets “input from everyone” about what he does musically, but making his own albums, Marley says, has given him a new perspective on the legacy that was passed on to him by his father.

“I feel so close to him now; I feel a spiritual connection as artists,” Marley explains. “I have a better understanding of him because of going on by myself. Instead of feeling like, ‘Oh, I’m his little baby,’ I feel like I’m his brother.

“I feel the brotherhood of the artist coming between me and him and making that connection, which is very special.”

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