Ziggy Marley plays to large WOMAD crowd despite Palestinian protesters' petition

  • 17/03/2024

Ziggy Marley played to a large crowd at the WOMAD NZ festival in New Plymouth on Saturday night, despite a 3000-signature petition calling for the headline act, and son of the late Bob Marley, to be dropped from the lineup.

The petition was started last month by a collective including the group Hala.aotearoa, Artists for Ceasefire, and Aotearoa for Ceasefire.

The petition said: "We are deeply troubled by the inclusion of Ziggy Marley in the WOMAD NZ festival lineup.

"This issue is a humanitarian issue because of Marley's actions in 2018, when he and several other celebrities performed at a fundraiser in Los Angeles that raised over $60 million for the Israeli Defence Force."

The petition received 3023 signatures but didn't change the mind of WOMAD organisers, with Marley's performance going ahead last night in front of a large crowd.

The singer started his set with a song he wrote in 2003 called 'Shalom Salaam'.

During his performance, a number of peaceful protesters carried small Palestinian flags through the crowd.

WOMAD has previously said it respects the right to express peaceful opposition to Marley's participation, and it stands with all citizens of the world in calling for an end to the violence and war in the Middle East, and all corners of the world.