by Jodee Brown
Internationally-regarded Reggae singer, Ziggy Marley can now add Emmy winner to his long list of career achievements.
Marley, the former lead singer of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers expressed shock at winning the award, insisting he knew nothing of the nomination, much less the accolade.
He told the Jamaica Observer, “When somebody mentioned to me that I won an Emmy, I was like ‘What’s that?’. It’s not like the Grammys when you know you are nominated and there is a lot of buzz around that… so I never expected it, but it feels good.”
I Love You Too was recorded after Marley was contacted by representatives from 3rd and Bird following the release of his children’s album, Family Time in 2009. He and his siblings had previously appeared on the prominent American children’s show,Sesame Street while Marley himself featured as a voice on another children’s program, Shark Tale.
“For the Emmy to acknowledge and recognize us [Reggae music] in this form is something new for us, and is definitely a step forward,” Marley told the Observer.
Other notable Jamaican Emmy award winners, include TVJ’s hour-long program, Impact for its look into the infamous Washington DC sniper case involving Lee Boyd Malvo, as well as Johnathon Walton, a four-time Primetime Emmy award-winning comedic reporter for his comedic news reports on CBS’ Houston affiliate between 2003 and 2006.