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Ziggy Marley

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Few people might realize this, but 40-year-old Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter Ziggy Marley is a dad to five young children, which makes his latest disc, Family Time, more than appropriate. Marley brings an impressive array of guests on several tracks, including his mother, Rita Marley; Willie Nelson, who duets with him on the sweet-sounding "This Train"; Jamie Lee Curtis; Jack Johnson; daughter Judah; and even Paul Simon, who joins him for "Walk Tall," a cheerful rock-steady tune with a message of encouragement for difficult times. One sure highlight is his original take on "A-B-C," which begins with A is for Africa, B is for brother — a thinking man's version for teaching children the alphabet. Expect to hear some of this new material blended with classic tunes like "Tumbling Down" and "Tomorrow People."

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