Marcia Griffiths, one of reggae’s enduring female talents, leads a field of entertainment stalwarts receiving awards in the annual National Honours and Awards.
Griffiths will receive the Order of Distinction (Commander class) at the ceremony which takes place October 20 at King’s House. It is the country’s fifth highest honour.
Griffiths was previously awarded the OD (Officer class).
The 64-year-old singer is celebrating her 50th anniversary in the music business, an accomplishment recognised this year by organisers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival and organisations like the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association.
Her recording career began at Studio One in the rocksteady era. There, she cut a number of dance hits including Feel Like Jumping, Melody Life and Really Together (with Bob Andy).
A highlight of Griffiths’ career came in the 1970s when she toured and recorded as a member of the I Three, Bob Marley’s harmony group.
Even then, her solo career thrived with a number of classic sides like Stepping Outa Babylon and Dreamland.
Griffiths had a massive hit during the 1980s with the Bunny Wailer-written Electric Boogie. A decade later, she was part of the thriving Penthouse Records, led by producer Donovan Germain.