The story behind that Marley tribute

Ziggy Marley (third left) and his brother Damian Marley (second right)
perform with Sting (left), Bruno Mars (fourth left), Rihanna (third
right) and other artistes during the tribute to Bob Marley at the
Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 10, 2013. (Photo: AP)

The segment, which featured American pop artiste Bruno Mars, rock icon
Sting, pop singer Rihanna along with Ziggy and Damian Marley, drew mixed
reaction.

Some felt it was great for Jamaica, reggae and the Marley brand to be
featured so highly at music’s biggest showpiece. Others thought it was
not much of a Marley tribute since Bruno Mars and Sting performed their
own songs.

“We were approached by Bruno Mars who asked us to be part of his
performance. Once the Grammy people heard about it they then decided to
call it a Bob Marley tribute at the last minute… we really didn’t have
a problem as it really put us out there and we were honoured to be on
the Grammy stage,” Marley told the Sunday Observer.

His comments come as he prepares to promote Set up Shop, the album on
the Ghetto Youths International label owned by he and his brothers
Julian and Stephen. It is available digitally on iTunes.

Interestingly, the 14-track compilation features tracks by two third
generation Marleys. Stephen’s eldest son Jo Mersa appears on two tracks
Bad So and Comfortable; while Ziggy’s eldest son, Daniel Bambaata Marley
contributes Treat You Right.

“What wi really trying to do is use this album as a platform to expose
the artistes on the label. As you will realise some of the songs have
already been released, but by including them with newer tracks from
other artistes who are also in the camp, people can go on getting
familiar,” Marley explained.

Two of his popular songs, Set Up Shop and Affairs of the Heart, have been included to drive the album.

Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis (son of Alton Ellis), Black-Am-I and Julian Marley also have songs on Set Up Shop.

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