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One of three recipients of this year’s Jamaica Reggae Icon Award slated for tomorrow Independence Spectacular is none other than the Queen of Reggae herself, Marcia Griffiths.

Stating though she is forever grateful for the love and support she has received over the years from her fellow Jamaicans all over the world, and also for this acknowledgement of her contribution to the music industry, Griffiths is said to only regret that her good friend and fellow musician Bob Andy is no longer around to celebrate with her.  She stated that she will be accepting the award with him in mind and heart.

The prolific singer-songwriter was known to Griffiths for over six decades. While at Studio One, Andy was instrumental in Marcia’s career penning several of her classic hits such as: Mark My World, Fell like Jumping, Melody Life and Truly. The duo was known for the hit single in England, Young Gifted and Black.

In 1978, Bob Andy showcased a different side to his talent when he played the lead role in Children of Babylon. He died on March 27th at his home in St. Andrew after a brief illness. He was 75 years old.

The award will serve as a motivation for the singer.

Griffiths career was highlighted when she recorded and tour alongside Bob Marley as a member of the harmony group the “I-Threes” in the 1970’s. Her solo career began thriving with hits like Stepping Outa Babylon and Dreamland.

During the 1980’s, Marcia’s major hit came from Electric Boogie, written by Bunny Wailer. She became a part of the thriving Penthouse Records a decade later which was being led by producer Donovan Germain.

Marcia Griffiths was given the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for her contribution in music by the Jamaican Government in 2014.

Ken Booth and diamond selling artiste Shaggy are the year’s other two recipients of the Jamaica Reggae Icon Award. The presentation will be a part of the virtual show which is being aired live starting 4pm on TVJ and PBC Jamaica as well as several social media platforms using #Jamaica58.


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