MONTCLAIR, NJ - Ziggy Marley’s performance at the Wellmont left nothing to be desired. The old theatre was filled with audience members chanting and swaying from before the show until well after it ended.
It is the 40th anniversary of his father, Bob Marley’s, internationally acclaimed Exodus, a Reggae album whose lyrics covered among other things, religious politics. Ziggy honored his father’s legacy by performing songs from that album as well.
An incredible performer in his own right, similar to his father, he uses music as a vehicle of change. “I bring the message of love and peace and unity in this world” said Marley.
At the close of the show and after many ovations, Marley came back out with his young children and their appropriately sized drums, who performed with him for another few songs.
Although doors opened at 7 pm, it was close to midnight and there were still people in line patiently waiting for a meet and greet with Marley. He emerged looking fully rested after having danced throughout the whole show.
After almost everyone had left the Wellmont and the cleaning crew was wrapping up,TapInto asked Marley if he had liked the energy in the room. He smiled and said, “yes”.
When asked how he continues to sing about one love in a climate that seems laden with hate he answered, “There is more love than hate. We just don’t publicize it.”
Marley continued smiling and told TapInto, rather prophetically, “Everything we see is the negativity. But more people love than hate.”
Before Marley took the stage Tap Into spoke to Blindman, the reggae infused New Jersey band that opened for Marley. When asked how they ended sharing the stage he explained the chain of events and said, “It was like a Hail Mary pass.”
Reggae vocal queen Rica Newell, previously with the Melody Makers, sang with Blindman. When asked if he was able to meet Ziggy before the show he said, “Yeah, and I told him I loved him.”
Marley reiterated his belief in love over hate telling TapInto, “We are… we are more. We are more.”