Marcia Griffiths – The Queen of Reggaeand Timeless

Marcia Griffiths – Queen of ReggaeMarcia Griffiths is the most symbolic female in Reggae – she is The Queen of Reggae.  Her image exudes endurance; her voice an everlasting footprint of her journey in music – she is the iconic beacon that represents a woman determined to sing no matter the obstacles before her. Most female singers look up to ‘Auntie Marcia’ and often turn to her for advice about ways to approach a song, how to balance family and being a professional in the industry, and most commonly, how to navigate the male-dominated landscape of the recording industry. Last year, Marcia spoke to The Gleaner about her career.  One quote from the article that stands out is her saying “we are the Mothers of creation, of everything.” The article is titled ‘Foundation singers music tells the story of struggle, survival and great success.  As we explore great women this month, this article is worth another

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Dr Elizabeth Robles Puts ‘Black Art’Front and Center

Lubaina Himid Naming the Money 2004 Installation view of Navigation Charts at Spike Island, Bristol, 2017 Courtesy of the artist, Hollybush Gardens, and National Museums, Liverpool Photo: Stuart Whipps

Dr Elizabeth Robles is a researcher and lecturer in contemporary art in the History of Art Department at the University of Bristol. She is particularly interested in the formation of ideas around ‘black art’ across the twentieth century and is currently a British Academy postdoctoral fellow working on a project entitled ‘Making Waves: Black Artists & ‘Black Art’ in Britain from 1962–1982’. Most recently the co-edited exhibition publication The Place is Here: The Work of Black Artists in 1980s Britain (Sternberg, 2019) that she edited alongside curator Nick Aikens was awarded the Historians for British Art Book Prize. 

Happy Birthday Donovan Germain (Mar 7th)

Donovan Germain started in the business with a record shop in New York, and he began producing his own work in 1972.  His involvement in 80s and 90s reggae music has helped to define and popularize the genre.  From the outset his style was characterized by its dignified, musical approach and Germain soon proved that he could make lovers rock as adeptly as “roots” records – his “Mr Boss Man” with Cultural Roots was a huge underground hit in 1980. Germain’s inclusion of women in his productions netted him success with Audrey Hall’s “One Dance Won’t Do,” Marcia Griffiths “Feel Like Jumping (1993)” as well as albums Indomitable (1995), Land of Love (1997), Marcia Griffiths and Friends (2012) and Queen Ifrica’s albums Climb (2017) and Montego Bay (2009). Penthouse Records, Germain’s label, retains its position as one of the top Kingston studios, no mean feat in the hectic competition that abounds in this particular field. Recognized as one of the very top reggae producers, he has proved himself many times over and there are few who would begrudge him the accolade.

Happy Birthday Tony Matterhorn (Mar 9th)

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Tony Matterhorn was drawn to the sound system and selector business in high school, and soon after made a name for himself as part of King Addis, particularly his ability to deliver an energetic and exciting live show. Performing in clubs all over North America, Matterhorn’s style of hardcore dancehall won him accolades, including a victory at the dancehall World Cup in 2000. He broke through to mainstream American audiences in the summer of 2006 with his massive hit “Dutty Wine,” which was heavily played on R&B and rap stations around the country. 

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