Groovin' with Marcia and Friends
Thirty-five years after they performed with Bob Marley at Madison Square Garden, Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt returned to New York City and gave a stellar performance at Sunday's Groovin' In The Park show in Queens.
Mowatt performed in the Marcia Griffiths and Friends segment which also featured Bob Andy, Ken Boothe and Tony Gregory. It celebrated Griffiths' 50th year in the music business.
For Chris Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc, promoters of the annual show, Griffiths and Mowatt working together again in the Big Apple was the high point of the show which took place at Roy Wilkins Park.
"Marcia's performance was not just special because it incorporated some of her friends who shared the journey with her, but was historic on many levels including the fact that this was the first time she was reuniting with Judy at a major festival in NY since 1979 when they performed with Bob Marley at Madison Square Garden," Roberts said.
Griffiths, Mowatt and Marley's wife Rita were the I Three, Marley's harmony group. They did two shows with Rhythm and Blues group The Commodores at Madison Square Garden in September 1980.
Following the second show, Marley collapsed while jogging in Central Park. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour and did only one more show before going to Germany for treatment.
Beres Hammond, LUST, Chronixx, Shaggy, Air Supply, Tasha T, Faraji, Ky-enie, Kamsha and Congo Brains also performed on the fourth staging of Groovin' In The Park.