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Griffiths promises 'very special' performance at Jazz Fest

Richard Johnson

Tuesday, January 28, 2014    

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REHEARSALS are on in earnest as reggae queen Marcia Griffiths prepares for her tribute performance at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival at Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium this Thursday.

This performance is being used as the launch pad for a year-long celebration of her 50th anniversary in the music business.

Both Griffiths and her manager, long-time friend Copeland Forbes, are keeping the details of Thursday's performance close to their chest, with the artiste noting that it will be totally different.

Speaking at the Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange yesterday at the newspaper's Beechwood Avenue head offices, Griffiths hinted that she will be giving patrons at the event music from each of the five decades which she has been a performer.

"It's gonna be a totally different performance from what I would normally do. It's a preview of what is to come later on in the year. We [will be] touching on each decade and, of course, we have a few friends that a lot of people have not seen in a long time who will be sharing the stage with me," she stated. "It's going to be very, very special."

One of the highlights of the Marcia Griffiths tribute is the reunion of the 809 Band.

This popular backing band from the 1980s, which includes musicians such as saxophonist Dean Fraser, drummer Paul Kastic, and bassist Mikey Fletcher, was a staple on the local and international reggae scene and provided accompaniment for Griffiths for many of her overseas tours.

The Observer has learnt that some of the acts slated to perform with the songstress are Tony Rebel, D'Aville, Tony Gregory, Bob Andy, and I-Three member Judy Mowatt.

The playlist will most likely include Griffiths' anthems, Dreamland, Stepping Outta Babylon, Feel Like Jumping, Electric Boogie, Fire Burning and Young, Gifted And Black, which she did with Bob Andy.

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