Outside the music spotlight, Grammy winner Ziggy Marley is busy pursuing a worthy cause thatâ€™s extremely close to his heart: joining the fight to help eradicate polio, a painful disease affecting thousands of kids around the world. â€œ[Rotary] is a good organization. They’re trying to help people, especially in Africa. That’s a place that is very close to my heart. There are a lot of children suffering with polio there. I wanted to help,â€ he tellsÂ EssenceÂ of his work as a polio ambassador with Rotary Internationalâ€™s â€œEnd Polio Nowâ€ campaign, for which he donated the song â€œPersonal Revolutionâ€ to raise funds.
â€œIt’s a song where I speak of revolution in a different light. You know, when we talk about revolution we think about social and political, we don’t think about individuals. So “Personal Revolution” is an individual thing that each of us need to consider to make changes in our lives so things can get better.â€
As it turns out, the polio affliction is something that hits close to home for Ziggy. â€œOne of my sisterâ€™s friends had it when we were growing up in Jamaica. That was way back, but that’s when I first heard about it,â€ he says, while offering his view on how world leaders, particularly in Africa, can help fight the disease.
â€œWhen it comes to Africa, I just think the leaders need to get it together. If the countries were united we wouldn’t have this problem. I think the priorities are not right in terms of the leadership. Hopefully, in the next generation, we’ll have a better situation so we can help solve this.â€
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