Guyana hails rocksteady greatsMonday, May 09, 2016
ROCKSTEADY music got its due in Guyana on May 1 when some of the artistes and musicians who made that sound legend, were honoured by the Guyanese Canadian Artistic Incorporated organisation.
Singers Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths, and Ken Boothe, drummer Joe Isaacs, bassist Brian Atkinson and guitarist Lynford ‘Hux’ Brown, were the Jamaicans honoured.
Isaacs was the only awardee who attended the ceremony which took place at the National Culture Centre in Georgetown. Atkinson, who lives in Canada, arrived the next day due to a delayed flight.
Damien Lewis, founder of the event, said Griffiths and Boothe are expected in Guyana this week to accept their awards.
Lewis admitted the event — one of several marking Guyana’s 50th year of independence — was not well-supported.
"It could have been better but the good thing is people are seeing the magnitude of the contribution these artistes made," he told the Jamaica Observer.
The contributions of Guyanese singers, Eddy Grant, Lord Canary and Natural Black were also recognised. They did not attend the ceremony.
Grant, whose songs include Living On The Frontline, Electric Avenue and Romancing The Stone, is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Isaacs, Atkinson, Brown, Andy, Griffiths and Boothe, all had distinguished careers in the rocksteady era. They either played, or sang, some of the genre’s biggest hit songs for producers Clement ‘Coxson’ Dodd, Leslie Kong and Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid.
— Howard Campbell
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