And Marley just returned from a trip to Africa where his charitable efforts include donating some of his music to the effort to end polio on that continent.
Marley performed recently with brother Daiman, Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, paying tribute to his father.
LA.COM interviewed Ziggy Marley before the Grammys.
LA.com: You had a lot of great feedback from the concerts, especially in Los Angeles. Do you have plans to write new songs in the near future?
Ziggy Marley: Yes -- that is what I'm doing right now. I'm in my studio working on songs. This is a laboratory for me where I experiment and mix different things until I find a song that I'm satisfied with. And hopefully people will like that song, too. You know? So I'm in the lab right now working on different formulas.LA.com: You have been referred to as "heir to the reggae throne." Are you comfortable with that title?
Ziggy : Well yeah,
LA.com: Can you tell us a little bit about your work with End Polio Now? You donated one of your (music) tracks?
Ziggy Marley: A lot of polio has affected Africa and African children. And the children in Africa -- this is something that is very close to my heart. And the End Polio Now people asked me to do something for them. There was a big campaign not long ago with a lot of high-profile people doing ads about how close we are to ending polio in Africa. So
LA.com: Do you want to write a book about your father's life -- or your own?
Ziggy: It's not in the forefront right now. I just want to make some more music right now. And do some other stuff. YouTube, all types of music, multimedia, visual stuff -- next year before I get back into a full album.
LA.com: Maybe when you are older , you are still in your prime right now.
Ziggy: Yeah well, younger, older -- it's a state of our mind really. There are other things that I want to do right now. Maybe a book about my father or something -- maybe
LA.com: What kind of reception and feedback did you get from the Bob Marley movie?
Ziggy: Well surprisingly We got really good feedback, everybody loved it and said we did a good job.
LA.com: Tell us about your product , Ziggy Marley Organics?
Ziggy: It's coconut -- (from) organic coconut kernels. It's the world's first flavored coconut cooking oil. We have hemp seeds, which is another world's first because we roasted them. It's roasted hemp seeds in the shell. It's not out of the shell, so it's in the shell. And those are also flavored. Again it's non-GMO (genetically modified
LA.com: Can you eat this and spread it on your skin?
Ziggy: Anything you can do with coconut, you can do with this. If you want to put on your skin it's fine -- cooking, anything you want to do. The hemp seeds are roasted. They don't have THC in them. They can't make you high, but they will make you feel good.
LA.com: What do they taste like?
Ziggy: One that my favorites is called Caribbean Crunch. It's very nice, and it's very crunchy -- and it's good for you. Everything good, you know?