ZIGGY, ROHAN AND ROBBIE MARLEY TRAVEL THROUGH SOUTH AFRICA ON MOTORCYCLES, COMMEMORATING THE 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR FATHER, BOB MARLEY’S HISTORIC TRIP TO ZIMBABWE
Johannesburg, June 28, 2010
Ziggy, Rohan and Robbie Marley flew into South Africa to commence work on a documentary series that will follow them through South Africa for a momentous road trip. Marley Africa Roadtrip will provide viewers with an intriguing look into one of the most legendary musical families. The brothers will travel to remote areas on motorcycles, riding through breathtaking scenery and camping under the stars. They will keep close to the heart of this continent, its people and its wildlife.
In 1980, reggae superstar Bob Marley travelled to Africa with his family to perform a landmark concert celebrating unity and freedom. Now, 30 years later, his sons will return to the continent to carry on his legacy promoting African Unity.
On Sunday, July 4th Ziggy will perform in South Africa for the first time at a free concert in Elkah Stadium, Soweto at 2pm. On his recent travels he attended a show in Bloemfontein, met with the band Tidal Waves and asked them to support him at the event on Sunday. “We are thrilled to perform with Ziggy and for the people of Soweto” Jacob ‘Zakes’ Wulana, lead singer of Tidal Waves, said yesterday at a rehearsal.
Following the landmark concert Ziggy will host an intimate VIP party in Johannesburg to raise money for a Soweto based charity. Tickets to this exclusive event will be available this week via Computicket.
“I am hoping that this World Cup will bring African countries a little closer together and that the world might see Africa, as a whole, in more of a positive light. Performing in Soweto has always been a dream and I am very excited to play for the people of South Africa on Sunday”, says Ziggy Marley.
Ziggy Marley, along with fellow Grammy-winners Stephen Marley and Angelique Kidjo, also recently released a new song, Africa Land (available on www.ziggymarley.com) to celebrate this historic occasion and Africa’s place in the world spotlight.
The documentary series is produced by acclaimed documentary director/producer David Alexanian, whose company, Elixir Films, filmed Ewan McGregor’s unforgettable motorcycle trips across the world in the popular series’ “Long Way Round” and “Long Way Down.” (www.elixirfilms.com).
Ziggy’s trip has been supported by Ducati motorcycles who provided the three Marley brothers as well as director /producer David Alexanian with the new Ducati Multistrada 1200.
Ziggy Marley is a five-time Grammy winner and reggae icon, whose last Children’s Album, Family Time, just won the 2009 Grammy for Best Musical Album for Children. Rohan Marley is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, whose company, Marley Coffee, offers gourmet ital coffee to major gourmet food distributors worldwide. Robbie Marley is a motorcycle stunt rider who has appeared in several major motion pictures, and also owns a retail store in Miami, Florida. For more information on the African Unity movement, please visit www.africa-unite.org.
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