BUZz: Ziggy Marley set to release Africa Land

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Five-time Grammy winning artist and reggae icon Ziggy Marley, motivated by the historic occurrence of the World Cup being played in Africa for the first time, took the opportunity to write his current single Africa Land. The song is an anthem to unity, freedom and new beginnings; well known principles championed by the legendary Marley family. Africa Land falls on the heels of Marley's 2009 Grammy-winning Children's album, Family Time.

For this song, Marley recruited Grammy winning artists, brother Stephen Marley and African mega star Angelique Kidjo.  Together they created a catchy, danceable song, which incorporates Dancehall Reggae, as well as African elements.   Free Downloads will be available beginning June 7 at and

“The bible says ‘the first shall be last and the last shall be first.’  How fitting that South Africa – the last nation on the homeland to be free – is the launch pad for a global event that will showcase the rise of the African continent,” said Ziggy Marley. “Africa Land is the song which celebrates that dream becoming true.”

Marley plans to release Africa Land as an exclusive to African radio, to be followed worldwide as a free download shortly thereafter.  Africa Land will be the first single from an upcoming collection of free singles entitled The Wild and Free Singles Marley is to release later this year.

Ziggy Marley's early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father.   Then, as front man to Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, Marley released eight best-selling albums, generating three Grammys, with such chart-topping hits as Tomorrow People and Tumbling Down.   Marley's solo debut, Dragonfly, was released in 2003.  His second solo release, Love Is My Religion, won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album to much critical acclaim in 2006.  His third solo release, Family Time, scored him a Grammy in a new category:  Best Musical Album For Children.


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