Ziggy Marley was all about good vibes and positive energy during his livestreamed performance on Monday for the "Together At Home" virtual concert series that seeks to bring attention to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) coronavirus response.
The reggae artist only played songs about joy, love, and compassion, including “Family Time,” “I Love You Too,” “Ziggy Says,” and “Love Is My Religion.” He closed his set with his father Bob Marley’s “One Love.” Two of Marley’s kids joined him during the set, dancing, laughing, and singing along.
"I hope everyone is keeping safe and keeping happy, and taking the opportunity to find some positive things in this time," he said. "When this is all over, [we have to ask] how can we help those who have suffered the most? As my father said, 'Help the weak if you are strong.'"
"Together At Home" was launched on March 16 by Global Citizen and the WHO, and is supported by artists and influencers worldwide. As people practice social distancing and countries enforce public shutdowns, the series aims to promote a sense of community and solidarity. It also offers Global Citizens a chance to take action to help stop the spread of COVID-19 around the world.
"We’re far [from each other,] but we’re close," Marley said, touching his chest. "I’m putting out a lot of energy to you, a lot of love, a lot of positivity. Feel it, reflect it. Positive energy is a very important thing."
"We’re all connected," he added. "And that’s why we must care for each other more."
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is causing unprecedented disruptions to modern life. At least 334,000 people have been infected by the virus and 14,652 have died from it, according to the WHO. Economies are collapsing and people are losing their jobs. Fear and uncertainty seem to dominate public sentiment.
Amid this grim atmosphere, the "Together At Home" series is generating hope.
Marley’s intimate show helped to dispel some of the anxiety and loneliness his fans may have been experiencing. He used the occasion to call on people to understand how everyone is connected.
"I hope we all learn something from this situation," he said. "Spread more love, more compassion for people who are in less fortunate situations."
There are many more virtual events to come this week, starting with Tuesday's lineup:
- Kerry Washington at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET
- Priyanka Chopra Jonas at 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET
- Chloe x Halle at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET
You can see all of Global Citizen's COVID-19 coverage here.