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Daily Israel Report

Ziggy Marley, Son of Reggae Legend, Visits Israel

Arutz Sheva meets Ziggy Marley, son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, in Israel. "Israel feels like home to me," he says.
By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 7/19/2011, 3:48 PM / Last Update: 7/20/2011, 2:44 AM

Ziggy Marley, son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, is in Israel, and Arutz Sheva met him at the Sheraton Hotel in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

Marley, whose wife is Israeli and whose three sons have very biblical Hebrew names (Gideon, Abraham and Judah), said he loves being in Israel.

“I like the weather here, I like the people, I like the vibes,” he said. “It feels like home to me.”

Marley’s songs, as well as others in the Reggae genre, include concepts deeply connected to Jewish history, such as Zion and Babylon.

“Jerusalem and the idea of Zion for us are really more than a physical place. They’re a spiritual place also,” he said.

When asked whether he, like many other musicians who plan concerts in Israel, was pressured to boycott Israel and cancel the performance, Marley said, “I got messages on Facebook from people who said things like: ‘Don’t disgrace your father’s name by going to Israel,’ but it doesn’t affect me.

“I follow the universe, I follow G-d,” he continued. “G-d made the sun and the sun shines on everyone.”

And what is his message to the people out there?

“I would say if I had just one message, I think it would be just love,” he said. “That is a mantra which has been true in my life and is something that has become even more at the front of who I am and what I want to say to people.”