In 1986, Hey World was released and credited to Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers. This album laid the groundwork for the group's fast maturing sound. A phenomenal mix of upbeat pop and heavier roots, cemented by hip electro-production, it was evident that the Melody Makers were no longer in the thrall of their father's music, but had found their own voice. In support of the album, Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers embarked on their first tour, a veritable Tuff Gong roadshow with Nadine Sutherland and the I-Three along as opening acts. The group was well received at the yearly Reggae Sunsplash in 1986 and 1987.
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