Fly Rasta

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Fly Rasta
Fly Rasta Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released15 April 2014 (2014-04-15)
RecordedSeptember–November 2013 at Village Studios, Los Angeles
GenreReggae, rock, funk, soul, pop
Length35:50
LabelTuff Gong Worldwide
ProducerZiggy Marley, with additional production by Dave Cooley
Ziggy Marley chronology
Wild and Free
(2011)
Fly Rasta
(2014)
Ziggy Marley
(2016)
Singles from Fly Rasta
  1. "Fly Rasta"
    Released: 15 January 2014
  2. "I Don't Wanna Live on Mars"
    Released: 15 April 2014

Fly Rasta is the fifth solo studio album by Jamaican reggae artist Ziggy Marley, released on April 15, 2014, on Ziggy's own label, Tuff Gong Worldwide. The album marked Ziggy's return after the Grammy-winning album Ziggy Marley in Concert.

The first single, "I Don't Wanna Live on Mars", was released on iTunes on April 15, 2014 the same day as the album.

Aol.com released the video for "I Don't Wanna Live on Mars" exclusively on their web-page. The music video features his real-life wife and kids in a dream sequence where their family traverses an unhealthy planet Earth. The song and video's imagery convey a unified message from Marley that we should treat the earth well so we do not all have to leave to live on mars.

Fly Rasta won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in February 2015.[1]

Reception[edit]

Fly Rasta received generally favorable reviews upon its release, with a 63/100 critic score on Metacritic, based on six reviews.[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, Fly Rasta debuted at number 129 on the Billboard 200 chart, and number one on the Top Reggae Albums. As of July 2014, the album had sold 25,000 copies in the United States.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Don't Wanna Live on Mars"
  2. "Fly Rasta" (featuring U-Roy)
  3. "Lighthouse"
  4. "Sunshine"
  5. "Moving Forward" (featuring Beezy Coleman)
  6. "You"
  7. "So Many Rising"
  8. "I Get Up" (featuring Cedella Marley)
  9. "You're My Yoko"
  10. "Give It Away"

All songs written by David Marley, 2013 Ishti Music (ASCAP) except "Give It Away" written by Jacob Luttrell, Geoffrey Early (APG/SESA/BMI) and David Marley (Ishti Music/ASCAP); and "Lighthouse" written by David Marley (Ishti Music/ASCAP) and Sam Martin (APG/ASCAP)

Band members[edit]

  • Ziggy Marley - Lead vocals and guitar
  • Cedella Marley, Sharon Marley, Rica Newell, Tracy Hazzard, Ian "Beezy" Coleman, Vincent Brantley, Sean Dancy, Tim Fowlles - Background vocals
  • Cedella Marley - Background vocal arrangements
  • Steve Ferrone, Brian Macleod, James Gadson, Rock Deadrick - Drums
  • Dave Wilder, Abraham Laboriel, Guy Erez, Paul Stennett - Bass
  • Zac Rae, Mike Hyde, George Hughes, Dave Palmer, Brian Lebarton - Keyboards
  • Lyle Workman, Takeshi Akimoto, Ian "Beezy" Coleman - Guitars
  • Rock Deadrick, Randy Gloss - Percussion
  • Taku Hirano - Taiko drums
  • Ronobir Lahiri - Sitar
  • Todd Simon, Geoff Gallegoi, Fabio Santana, Tracy Wannomae - Horns
  • Liam McCormick, Owen Sutter - String arrangements

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Ziggy Marley
  • Additional production and mastering by Dave Cooley
  • Mixed by Andrew Scheps
  • Engineered by Isha Erskine
  • Additional engineering by Jared Hirshland
  • Assistant engineer: Alex Williams
  • Executive producer: Orly Marley
  • Production manager: Matt Solodky
  • Production assistant: Michelle Rodriguez

Artwork[edit]

  • Art direction and layout by Neville Garrick
  • Cover artwork and imagery by Souther Salazar
  • Layout by Rory Wilson

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bonitto, Brian (2015) "Ziggy wins Grammy", Jamaica Observer, 9 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015
  2. ^ [1] Metacritic.com.
  3. ^ "Ziggy gets GRAMMY nom for Best Reggae Album with 'Fly Rasta'". bobmarley.com. July 12, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Ziggy Marley Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Ziggy Marley Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Ziggy Marley Chart History (Reggae Albums)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "2014 Year-End Charts - Reggae Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "2015 Year-End Charts - Reggae Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 27, 2015.

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