Jamaican Reggae Great Ziggy Marley on Mixed Marriage, Blended Cultures: Israeli Wife ‘Introduced Me to Falafel’
by Shiryn Ghermezian
Jamaican musician Ziggy Marley — the eldest son of the late reggae superstar Bob Marley — talked about how he and his Israeli wife have managed to meld their different backgrounds, in an interview with People magazine this week.
Marley, 48, said of his wife, Orly Agai, 33, “[She] is Middle Eastern — she’s from Israel; her parents are from Iran — so when we got married, the food got blended. I introduced her to my favorites, like fish, porridges and different Caribbean seasonings. And her family introduced me to the falafels and rice.”
The Grammy-winning reggae singer added that the fusion of various foods “really opened my mind about accepting and understanding different cultures. It brings our family together.”
Marley — who has three children from previous relationships — said he and his wife are raising their four kids on both of their traditions. The singer said that his Rastafari culture is deeply rooted in spirituality, philosophy, love, humility and mutual respect, while his wife’s is all about family.
“There’s a connectivity there, the bonds of family are very important on her side,” he said, adding, “It’s a good balance of philosophies, ideas from my side and practical living from her side with family.”
As The Algemeiner previously reported, Ziggy Marley is a longtime supporter of Israel, and has said that he started feeling a connection to the Jewish state when he was a child, through the help of his mother and father, whose own father was Jewish.