Marcia Griffiths, Chronixx, Chalice and The Other Side of Moses Davis will add a tasty mix of sweet reggae to the 2014 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival between tomorrow and Saturday at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium in Greenfield, Trelawny.
The Queen of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths, will celebrate her 50th anniversary in the music industry with a special performance tomorrow. Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Freddie McGregor, Tony Gregory and Chris Martin will also make appearances during the Golden Jubilee celebration of Griffiths' career.
Griffiths, known for her smooth delivery and effervescent performances, was a member of the all-female trio the I-Threes, which did their own recordings and performance as well as harmony for Bob Marley & the Wailers.
Advocate of the Reggae Revival, Chronixx, is also slated to deliver onstage at this year's Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. Chronixx has fast risen to the forefront of reggae music with a string of popular songs, including Smile Jamaica, Behind Curtain, Odd Ras and They Don't Know.
Chronixx has steadily improved his craft and, among his more recent well-known songs, are Here Comes Trouble and Me Alright, the latter recorded with Kabaka Pyramid.
One of Jamaica's finest dancehall performers, Beenie Man, will be showcased through an entirely different lens, as the Grammy Award-winning deejay will be performing under the theme 'The Other Side of Moses Davis'.
The 2014 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival's star-studded line-up includes Chaka Khan, Chrisette Michele, Mary Wilson and Crystal Gayle. Other acts include Joe, the silky smooth Beres Hammond and Protoje who, all together, will combine for a diverse set of performances.
The festival is sponsored by The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Consumer Brands Ltd. Seaboard Marine, Knutsford Express, Jamaica Observer, Courts and Intelligent Multimedia.
Patrons blew their horns in support of 'host' Tony Rebel, Professor Nuts, Louie Culture, Etana, Marcia Griffiths and Tarrus Riley. However, it was Beres Hammond for whom the plastic horns resonated loudest. There was not a dull moment. In his 45-minute set, as he rocked his audience with songs like She Loves Me Now, Step Aside, I Feel Good, Falling in Love and Can't Stop. "It has been too long Jamaica and I am happy to be here performing for you once more," an energetic Hammond told approving fans. Minutes to midnight, Tony Rebel celebrated his birthday by belting out some of his most popular hits like Fresh Vegetable and If Jah Is Standing By My Side.
Kwabena Nip emerged on the local scene with his smooth vocals over a single called Bloody River in 2011, and has since embarked on promotional tours in England and Africa. The artiste recently collaborated with veteran reggae singer Marcia Griffiths, but laments what he terms a lack of respect to the genre he loves. "In Jamaica, we must always remember these legendary artistes. They are a gift from the Most High to us all, and they still continue to spread the conscious message of true reggae music round the globe," he said.