Jun 5, 2017
During the late 70s, Ziggy could also be seen alongside his
brother Stephen at some of their father’s larger concerts around
Jamaica and abroad. In 1978, the duo appeared on stage at the One
Love Peace Concert in Kingston, and the following year at
Reggae Sunsplash II in Montego Bay.
Also in 1979, Ziggy and his siblings Sharon, Cedella and Stephen
formed the Melody Makers – named after the British weekly pop/rock
music newspaper, Melody Maker – and made their recording debut with
"Children Playing in the Streets". The track was written for them
by their father, who had composed the song four years earlier for
them and wanted to share this gift with children around the world.
All royalties from the single were pledged to the United Nations,
to aid its efforts during the International Year of the Child.
Later that year, the Melody Makers made their on-stage debut as
a group on 23 September 1979, performing on the same bill as their
father for the first and only time at the ‘Roots Rock Reggae’
two-day concert series in Kingston's National Arena. Ziggy was
11 years old at the time. Notable other early moments in Ziggy’s
musical history include a performance with Stephen at their
father’s funeral in 1981, and later that year the Melody Makers
released their second single, "What A Plot", under the family’s
Tuff Gong record label.
After Bob Marley’s passing, Ziggy began performing in his place
alongside the Wailers at various shows around Jamaica, and in
1984 the group went on tour in support of the year’s Bob Marley
’Legend’ compilation album release.