New York, USA – The United Nations awarded its prestigious Great Esteem Award to the veteran Jamaican singer Marcia Griffiths. The prize was awarded for her outstanding musical contribution during the last 40 years. Marcia Griffiths is the only Jamaican woman who has had successes in each decade since her debut as an adolescent in 1964. She has recorded duets with Tony Gregory, Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley, Bob Andy, Free I (Jeff Dixon), Freddie McGregor, Cutty Ranks, Tony Rebel, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Shaggy and Beres Hammond, among others. Marcia Griffiths has also had hits
covering different styles such as ska, rock steady, reggae and dancehall. Listen
Mi Niña, taken from her collaboration with
Spanish reggae band Cañaman.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.