On September 14, 2010, Reggae artist Ziggy Marley performed at Brooklyn Bowl. The two hour performance was a mash up of songs from his album “Love is My Religion” as well as covers of his father’s hits like “Jammin” and “Exodus.” He was also accompanied by a band that consisted of two guitars, drums, congos, and a talented female singer/dancer.
The show started out slow, Ziggy played less popular singles and focused on connecting with the crowd. Like most roots reggae artists, he was calm and comfortable on the stage as he played each song with his eyes closed in deep meditation. Each song on his album has a clear message and it was particularly apparent when he performed “Still The Storms” and “Make Some Music.” Ziggy’s intense face expressions and pacing around the stage, was a clear indication that he wanted the crowd to feel the injustices, pain and love in his lyrics.
One of the highlights of the night was the back up singers’ spiritual West African dancing solo, it gave the head nod to the atmosphere that Ziggy was creating with his music. The night had a common theme of love and justice but the one song that seemed so strong was “A Lifetime.” When he looked out into the crowd and told them “A lifetime isn’t enough to love you, and a lifetime isn’t enough to live” The fans felt the sincerity and love that Ziggy was sharing with them. The love that he was spreading was honest and when he ended the show, he expressed how thankful he was for the audience and each of his band members. As he left the stage he reminded his fans to never forget two important words: One Love… A phrase coined by his father and still alive through Ziggy’s music and performance.