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Awaken the consciousness

Cassie Pence

MORRISON – Sunday marks the beginning of a longtime dream for the offspring of reggae legend Bob Marley. Ziggy, Stephen, Julian, Damian and Ky-mani Marley mold into one brothers’ band at Reggae on the Rocks, filling the open-air amphitheater with infectious reggae vibes.”I’ve always dreamt of it, we’ve always dreamt of it,” said Ziggy of the brothers’ unification. “Couple years ago I would say, ‘let’s make a band with the brothers, do a brothers’ band. This is the beginning of the dream, to see if it can work, if it’s going to work. It’s a preliminary stage of what could be.”Each brother has fared well, stoking the reggae fires with solo music careers, or acting career as Ky-mani has done. Ziggy released his solo album, “Dragonfly,” last summer, but is best known as frontman for the Melody Makers. Stephen blends hip-hop and reggae, most notably as the producer of “Chant Down Babylon,” which merges vintage Bob Marley with new artists such as Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. Damian’s “Halfway Tree” won a Grammy for best reggae album in 2001. Julian plays drums, keys and bass, often meshing jazz, reggae and R&B. But for this night, it will be one love and one vibe.”What we’re going to try and do is integrate everyone into one artist. So all the brothers will be one artist, really, instead of everybody doing their own song,” Ziggy said.Reggae music is about freedom, charity and spirituality. The Jamaican-born genre of music lifts spirits and invokes hope throughout the body and mind. Anyone who has listened to Bob Marley can comprehend its healing effects.”Reggae is infectious and carries a vibration that I don’t hear any other beat carry. It touches the soul,” Ziggy said. “Every other music is great, but reggae music connects in a special way. A vibration of where we are as human beings. That’s the way I feel.”Like his father, Ziggy awakens a conciousness in the audience as well as in himself when he performs. He’s forcing the musical vibes to travel throughout the universe.”Music is like a great big drug, and it works on me just as well as it works on anybody else,” Ziggy said.Ziggy, as well as his brothers, doesn’t feel chained to reggae. Reggae will always be the foundation, but just as the genre symbolizes, he has the freedom to adapt the music to whatever he is feeling at the time. “I am not bounded by what I am supposed to be. I am not bounded at all. I am what I am all of the time. That’s freedom,” Ziggy said. “It is a movement of the music, moving forward and into the artist’s direction.”Bob Marley Roots, Rock, Reggae tour is about the freedom of music. It’s about bringing people together.”It’s not a rock festival, it’s not a reggae festival, it’s not a hip-hop festival – it’s a music festival,” Ziggy said.Common, Toots and the Maytals and Slightly Stoopid join the Marley brothers in celebrating music. Showtime is 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 303-830-TIXS or online at CC.comVail, Colorado


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