"David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley" (born October 17, 1968, Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican musician, the oldest son of Rita and Bob Marley. He learned how to play guitar and drums from his father, Bob Marley, the legendary roots rock reggae singer. His mother Rita called and baptised him David, but his father Bob nicknamed him "Ziggy" in reference to a big spliff. "Ziggy" may also be a reference to David Bowie aka "Ziggy Stardust," whom Ziggy was a fan of.
In 1979, Ziggy and his siblings, Cedella, Stephen and Sharon, made their recording debut with their father, "Children Playing in the Streets". The Melody Makers, as the group came to be known, played occasionally for several years, including at their father's funeral in 1981. Their debut LP was ''Play the Game Right'', which was a very pop-oriented album, earning Ziggy some derision from critics. The band's label, EMI, wanted to market Ziggy as a solo act, and so the Melody Makers moved to Virgin Records, where they recorded ''Conscious Party'' (1988, produced by Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth). The album was critically and popularly successful, as was ''One Bright Day'' (1989) and ''Jahmekya'' (1991).