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Ziggy Marley Remixing Dad's Classics for Kids

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Children's music is dominating Ziggy Marley's melody making these days -- both for himself and on behalf of his father, Bob Marley.

Marley is prepping for the May 5 release of “Family Time," an album of what he refers to as “family music" that includes originals as well as covers of Woody Guthrie's “This Train" and the Jamaican children's standard “Hold Em Joe," along with two spoken-word pieces by actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Other guests include Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson and Toots Hibbert along with his mother Rita Marley and sister Cedella Marley. His three-year-old daughter Judah, who Marley calls his “muse" on the album, appears on the title track.

He'll follow that with the June release of a set of Bob Marley song's, revised and remastered with a children's audience in mind.

“I never really thought about doing music for children before," Marley, who's donating proceeds from “Family Time" to the Chepstowe Basic School in Port Antonio, Jamaica, tells Billboard.com. “I kind of realized why I'm being led into this world of family/children's music is because we have to speak to the children now. The children have the open-mindedness. They're going to grow up and make the world a better place, so it's them we have to have some kind of discussion with.

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