The eldest son of the most famed reggae performer in history, Ziggy scored the first U.S. top 40 hit for the Marley name in 1988's upbeat "Tomorrow People" off his third album, CONSCIOUS PARTY. Surrounded by a backing band of family members collectively known as the Melody Makers, Ziggy Marley carries on in Bob's tradition, composing and performing smooth, socially conscious roots reggae songs. A sought-after college performer, Marley kept his flame alive into the `00s on the well-received DRAGONFLY.
Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Talking Heads handled producing chores for this 1988 release, which happily coincided with the Melody Makers' "reggae period." The title track captures the true reggae spirit--serious philosophy, spliffs, sunshine, and plenty fun. The group had yet to reach full maturity, but Conscious Party, which spun off hit singles "Tumbling Down" and "Tomorrow People," still stands as one of their most successful. --Elena Oumano
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