Ziggy Marley sings about importance of family

Ziggy Marley
Ziggy Marley

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Reggae legend Ziggy Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley, will play to a sold out crowd.

But earlier on Saturday, he took time to entertain families at the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center.

Ziggy shared some of his music from his newest children's albums, "Family Time" and "B is for Bob." A few hundred people, mostly families, packed the Discovery Center for this free concert, for some good ole "Family Time."

It's a concert for the ages, younger ages that is.

"Just want to sing some music for the children from our record, family time, which is music for children, so just trying to give the kids some inspiration through music, inspire future generations to make the world a better place," Marley said.

Growing up, music played a significant part in Ziggy's childhood. Now, he's hoping to share it with Hawaii's children at the Discovery Center.

"All music, there's purpose behind it, so we think that to fulfill that purpose, we must have some interaction and communication with children," Marley said.

Families lined the Discovery Center to get a peek of this reggae legend.

"They knew of this father, they knew about Bob, so when we told him we going to meet his son, they were excited, they knew of him, heard his songs before, to get his autograph and shake his hand was real cool," Red Hill resident Alovao Lolo said.

This is Ziggy's first appearance in the islands in a few years. He says it holds a special place in his heart.

"Hawaii is just a place where I can come and kind of meditate, good place spiritually for me, that's what I use Hawaii for," Marley said.

And Hawaii families use him for inspiration, especially during these tough times.

"Get all the families together, besides the night concerts for the adults and teenagers, something cool to do with families and kids, bring them together," Lolo said.

Ziggy says this record represents his daily family life and was inspired by his four-year-old daughter Judah and baby Gideon. Judah even lends her voice to the album's title track.