Carrying the name, and the likeness, of
And yet, Wednesday,
"How do we rebel against the violence in the world?" he asked the crowd in his thick Jamaican patois. "We rebel with love. Love is the rebel."
And with that, he broke into "Love Is My Religion," a gorgeous reggae romp that at once carries through on the late
"Wild and Free" extolled the virtues of "ganja," and argued for its legalization, without getting preachy about it; "I Don't Wanna Live on Mars," one of many songs performed Wednesday from Ziggy's latest effort, "Fly Rasta," insisted that we needn't look for life elsewhere without getting our own house in order first; and "Personal Revolution" brought the idea of revolt from the broader socio-political realm squarely into the individual, everyman's reality.
When Ziggy plays his father's songs, he does so in a manner that suggests an organic passing of sacred knowledge from father to son, rather than a scion attempting to live off of his dead father's name. That said, it would be disingenuous to deny the family resemblance. It's in the voice.
Ziggy didn't rely on his father's canon, but he did celebrate it, most notably with a killer version of "Lively Up Yourself," played with laid-back brilliance by his stellar band, and clearly accepted as a gift by the by then unglued and freely dancing crowd.
Opener Steel Pulse is composed of men and women who, like
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The music of personal and universal revolution, delivered as uplifting entertainment, then. Is that strange? Does this mean the form has lost its revolutionary edge? No. Looking around, seeing the number of young people there who couldn't possibly have been born when
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