Ziggy Marley is the son of famous reggae icon Bob Marley who like his father is also a musician and a singer. Riggy is the leader of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers who released his debut album Play the Right Game with the band in 1985. He made his solo debut in 2003 through the album Dragonfly and had so far released seven solo albums the latest one being Rebellion Rises which was released in 2018. Continue reading to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Ziggy Marley in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
David Nesta Marley was born on October 17th in the year 1968, in Kingston, Jamaica to Bob Marley and Rita Marley. He was nicknamed Ziggy by his father which means little spliff. He is the eldest son of Bob and Rita and has one sister and one brother and five half-siblings. Ziggy formed the band Melody Makers when he was 11 with his siblings Sharon, Stephen, and Cedella, and made their stage debut the same year.
Ziggy Marley is married to Orly Agai, who was the vice-president of William Morris Agency. The couple has four children together, and Ziggy also has three children from his previous relationships among whom his son Daniel Marley is also a reggae artist.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers released their debut album Play the Right Game in 1985 and in 1986 they came up with Hey World. The band signed with Virgin records in 1988 and recorded the album Conscious Party which charted at 23 on Billboard 200 and received a Grammy Award.
In 1989, they released the album One Bright Day which became a huge hit and won them another Grammy Award. Their 1991 album Jahmekya brought them numerous accolades and received a Grammy nomination in the reggae category.
The group received its third Grammy award through the 1998 album Fallen in Babylon and went on to produce successful albums till 2000. In the year 2003, Ziggy released his debut solo album Dragonfly which was a good start to his solo career.
His second solo album Love Is My Religion won him his fourth Grammy Award, and in 2009 he released Family Time which won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children. He released Ziggy Marley: In Concert in 2013 which also received a Grammy and in 2017 he was honored with The George and Ira Gershwin Award by UCLA.
Net Worth & Earnings
His successful career has amassed him a huge fortune and made him one of the richest artists from the Caribbean. In 2013, he bought a 2,613 sqft duplex house in Los Angeles for $1.1 million which is his second house there. His net worth is estimated to be $12 million.
Born to a legendary reggae artist who still sells around 250,000 records per year even after three decades of his demise, Riggy Marley has surely lived up to the expectations of the people as Bob Marley’s son and his Grammy Awards are the proof for it.