Marcia Griffiths and Queen Omega are currently two of the top reigning queens of reggae!
Marcia, one of the original I –Three’s, vocalists with the great Bob Marley, is still keeping the strong spirit of Bob Marley and the Wailers fresh and alive. The two of these gifted singers together, Marcia Griffiths and Queen Omega make for a long show of beautiful female energy.
Marcia Griffiths is scheduled to perform on Reggae in the Desert in Las Vegas June 12th, they both perform on the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival June 20th and Marcia is also on the Monterey Bay Reggaefest July 31st.
May 15th Marcia attended a huge awards ceremony in Jamaica where she received an award for the greatest achievements in the music industry. Marcia is consistently very busy doing recording sessions, shows and tours in the Caribbean and beyond. She is always on the road.
May 12th she was featured on a show in Jamaica for the European leaders and prime ministers. After this western U.S. tour, she is scheduled to tour Africa and Europe with Tanya Stevens and Etana. Marcia is regularly on the Rotterdam festival and many other festivals in Europe. On the late annual U.S. Sunsplash Tour with Tony Johnson, Marcia used to be on the tour every year.
Marcia’s Love is Automatic single with Busy Signal is currently number one on the England and European charts. Another of her big current songs that gets a lot of radio airplay is What Goes Up, Must Come Down which is a combination with her and Queen Ifrica. She also has out a single called A Beer and a Girl, which is a song about the memories of life in Jamaica in the older days. She has another current hit called There is a time for Wars, which is a combination with Beres Hammond. Marcia is also currently recording a track for the new Third World album. Marcia is a busy woman.
On the near horizon, Marcia Griffiths has a new double CD scheduled for release soon, this month or next month, in May or June, 2010. This CD is called, Marcia and Friends. The CD features combinations with singers such as Beres Hammond, Sanchez, Bunny Rugs, Daville, Freddie McGregor, Toots Hibbert, Barrington Levy, Diana King, Richie Stevens, Etana, Bob Andy and John Holt, amongst others. For DJ’s on Marcia and Friends, there are combinations with Gentleman, Damian Marley, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and U Roy.
The other younger featured artist on this tour package is Queen Omega, from Trinidad. Queen Omega is also working hard, making her mark on the international music scene. In 2008 she did fifteen festivals in North America from California to Toronto, including The Monterey Bay Reggae fest in Monterey, CA, Reggae Risings and Earthdance in Humboldt County, CA. Last year, in 2009 she headlined the Northwest World Music festival in Eugene OR and she also did Earthdance for a second year in a row in southern Humboldt county, CA, as well as numerous festivals on the east coast including performances in Providence, RI and in Vermont at the Vermont Reggae festival. She toured Brazil in April 2009, and in France in early June 2009.
In Trinidad, Queen Omega’s musical effort for 2010 is shaping up well as she is currently producing and recording for several U.S. and international Reggae producers.
In the U. S., she has joined forces with the hot and popular California Reggae artist, Jah Sun on a combination track called Mediation, and they also filmed the accompanying Mediation music video. Mediation is on the charts in Jamaica and their the music video was picked up on TV Jamaican Reggae Shows, featured #3 on the Wicked Bubblers on Hype TV and the European Reggae market picked up the video online for the top Reggae sites.
Queen Omega recently recorded Take Control on the Zion Roots Music, an affiliate of CRS Music Label out of Barbados for their compilation CD, Blessed. Take Control was produced by Family Music out of Germany.
Staying in high demand in France, the producer, IkaRoots Muzik and the Babyclone Band released two compilation CDs in 2010 featuring Queen Omega’s lead tracks Traveling on the Datta Riddim and Last Days on the Brighter Day Riddim. You can check out the Brighter Day Megamix on
Queen Omega is a roots reggae artist with a conscious message. She is a talented vocalist who knows music inside out, having worked as an artist since she was young. She has out five CD’s. She performs all over the world. Queen Omega is one of the stronger young upcoming female artists in the reggae genre.
With the two of these gifted female acts, Marcia Griffiths from Jamaica and Queen Omega from Trinidad, we are in for a special treat of inspired reggae music, backed by a world class Jamaican band. Don’t miss this special package when it comes around.
BIOGRAPHY: MARCIA GRIFFITHS
The longest, hardest and most consistently working artist in the history of the Jamaican Music Industry is the Empress of Reggae music, the most Honorable Marcia Griffiths, OD, first Lady of Songs, Female Vocalist Supreme.
In a career spanning 40 years to date and still going strong, she hits high points internationally as a soloist and as a duo with Bob Andy, as Bob and Marcia. She has toured the world as a member of the I-threes with Bob Marley and the Wailers. Subsequently as a soloist she hit the Billboard chart with “Electric Boogie Song” and created a world class dance, the Electric Slide. This super star has been recording and performing ceaselessly.
At a recent reggae concert in South Florida, Marcia Griffiths demonstrated the same level of performance she has been known for over the years, as both a solist and a member of different groups. She displayed, in combination with Reggae rapper Cutty Ranks, on their duet of “Fire Burning”, all the zeal and elements that go into dancehall music. Marcia exibits the same exuberance when performing her international crossover hit “Electric Boogie.”
Marcia Griffiths has been performing and recording as a top class artist for four decades. She says “I started singing professionally as a vocalist in 1964, for Byron Lee and the Dragonaires band.” Her recording years started soon after, at Coxsone Dodd - Studio One where she recorded her first hit “Feel Like Jumping."
It was while recording at Studio One that Marcia teamed up with Bob Andy on ‘Really Together," the first of many duets that the two would record. “Luckily for me, Bob Andy was always a strong and wise person”, says Marcia. “He was there for me in the early days and that gave me confidence”. Then the pair moved to the Harry J Label, hitting the British, as well as the International charts with “Young Gifted and Black” and “The Pied Piper,” recording two albums of the same titles.
Following that duet success, she went solo again on the High Note label with Reggae's sole established female producer - Sonia Pottinger - hitting with several songs including her own original “Stepping Out of Babylon.” and releasing two albums “Naturally” and “Stepping”. When asked to express her opinion on female reggae vocalists, Marcia said “It’s been a rough, tough job standing up as a woman in this business, that’s why my album before “Land of Love” I chose to call “Indomitable”, which means not easily discouraged or defeated. My views on women in reggae are positive; most of the new or upcoming female singers in reggae started out singing my songs before doing their own originals. I feel very good about that; to know that I have influenced my people positively.”
I-THREES - Judy Mowatt, Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths
Ten years after entering the music business, Marcia united with Judy Mowatt and Rita Marley to form the I-Threes as an important part of the Bob Marley entourage. “Words are not enough to express my experience with the I-Threes and Bob Marley and the Wailers”, says Marcia. “What a blessing to be so privileged...to have shared this experience”.
Currently Marcia is one of the leading female artists on the Reggae scene.
Shocking out with the electric boogie, doing the electric slide.
Marcia gained solo international recognition with her monster hit “Electric Boogie.” This song was first recorded in 1982 and went to the #1 spot on the Jamaican charts. Sales continued over the years and in 1989, a Washington, DC Disc Jockey started playing it regularly and in no time, it caught on and hit the station’s regular rotation list.
A new dance, the Electric Slide, was created from the “Electric Boogie” song and as a result, sales soared and the “Electric Slide” became popular all over the U.S. The song and dance have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey and Phil Donahue shows, and the video has been aired many times on the Black Entertainment TV (BET) and other nationwide music networks.
Marcia Llyneth Griffiths was born on November 23, 1949 to Joseph and Beatrice Griffiths. The family hailed from a poor section of West Kingston, but as bad as things were, Marcia considered those days glorious, because there was always one thing in abundance - one thing that made them the wealthiest family in the world - one thing that no one could take from them... Love.
Peaceful Woman: From her teen years Marcia depicts calm and charm
Marcia as a teenager attended Kingston Senior School, and was a zealous member of her church choir. In fact, she was always taking part in some school concert or play. She loved to hang out and sing with friends, often times sneaking out of the house after her parents had gone to bed. It was during one such nightly excursion, that the slim fifteen year old beauty managed to get herself discovered.
Philip “Boasie” James lead singer of the Blues Busters vocal duo was visiting his girlfriend, who lived next door to Marcia, and heard this lovely voice floating through the air. He could not believe his ears, and subsequently took Marcia straight away to Byron Lee and insisted that this song-bird be included on the upcoming talent show to be held at the Carib Theater in Kingston. Marcia remembers that Byron was upset with “Boasie” for coming to interrupt his well planned program schedule and insisting that this "nobody" go on his show.
In 2004 at the dawning of the 21st century, the most influential female artist in Jamaican popular music, Marcia Griffiths OD is briskly fanning the flames of Reggae Music. Working in the studio, releasing records and touring. Marcia continues her mission of spreading the message in the music into the new millennium.
In between studio sessions, Marcia has been on the road. In the past two years she has enjoyed a successful tour of the USA with Beres Hammond and Freddie Mcgregor. Traveling to England with Beres Hammond, they performed an extensive tour with the same overwhelming results. Forward on a yard, Marcia shared the stage with Boyz II Men at the massive Spring Break concert for MTV in Negril Jamaica. Returning to the US, she performed in Orlando, Florida, (Disney World) Universal Studio, at the opening of the Bob Marley Museum. Sharing the bill were the I-Threes, Ziggy Marley and Inner Circle.
Moving on up to New York, Marcia displayed two memorable shows with Beres Hammond and Buju Banton at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. Going further north Marcia worked in Toronto and Montreal with John Holt and Ken Booth. Again in the USA with Bob Andy as the Legendary duo, they performed at the Bob Marley Day Celebration in Los Angeles, before heading down south to perform at the historic Reggae meets Rocksteady showcase in Miami. Next Marcia toured with the legendary Wailers Band. Then the I-Threes were off for shows in Italy, Europe and South Africa. Returning to Jamaica, the I-Threes shared the stage for two shows with R&B legends Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle. In November 2002, along with John Holt, Ken Boothe and Mikey Spice, Marcia produced an historical performance with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at the Wembley Arena, Birmingham and Aston Vill Leisure Centre, Middlesex. Since then Marcia has performed in New York, Toronto, Atlanta, Miami and Jamaica.
The driving force of the Reggae Empress is fueled by her inner desire to serve the people of the world with sweet reggae music. She said “ Music alone shall live, and it’s not only for the money, but the satisfaction I get from doing the work that I love, that is what really keeps me going everyday”.
BIOGRAPHY: QUEEN OMEGA
Internationally, in the Reggae Music arena, Jeneile Osborne a.k.a. Queen Omega is currently a serious name to be reckoned with. Hailing from San Fernando Trinidad, Queen Omega was born to a family of five. Born between four boy siblings, she was given the pet name Queenie. From a very young age, Queenie displayed a passion for singing. Her mother Deborah, on recognizing her talent, encouraged her to pursue a career in music. She started singing more seriously in kindergarten and primary school, where she won Calypso talent competitions over a period of three consecutive years. Her talent was recognized again, but this time by one of Trinidad's leading Soca producers, Kenny Phillips.
She worked in his studio as a background vocalist for some of the biggest names in Soca music. She also entered local TV talent shows, never failing to captivate the hearts of her audiences. Later on, as Queen Omega started focusing on her own solo career, she appeared on numerous stage shows with some of Reggae's most prominent artists, such as Luciano, Glen Washington, Junior Kelly and Bushman amongst others. This was happening while she was still attending secondary school. Astonished by her versatility, Kenny Phillips invited her on a trip to Jamaica alongside the Solomon Band to perform on the Caribbean Music Expo 2000. During this stage of her life, Queen Omega was undergoing a spiritual transformation. She had chosen to embrace the way of Rastafari, which inspired her to write and sing meaningful, socio-conscious, spiritual music. Later that year, Queen Omega met with the Greenhouse Family in London and recorded her self-titled debut album, "Queen Omega". This album contains favorites such as "Hypocrites and Parasites", "Warning" featuring Capleton and Sizzla and "All For You". This album also featured artists like Archie Wonder and Anthony B.
Her second album "Pure Love" was completed and released in 2002. She returned to Jamaica to perform on "Sum Fest" alongside of the radical Jamaican artist Ninja Man. A little later she toured England in 2003.
Her third album, "Away From Babylon" was released in 2004 courtesy JetStar Phonographics Ltd. This album made way for her first European tour, on which she performed in Switzerland, Belgium, Italy (Geel Festival & Rototom Festival), Siberia and France (Jamaican Sunrise Festival).
Queen Omega's fourth album entitled "Destiny" is truly amazing and features a dancehall feel with soulful R&B overtones. "Destiny" is one of the best Roots Reggae albums ever released. It reveals the depth and evolution of Queen Omega's artistry. This album was produced by Special Delivery Records, in France. Queen Omega’s fifth album, "Servant of Jah Army" was produced by the Mad Professor on the Ariwa Sounds Label and released in 2006. This project was reviewed as an Ariwa debut from a Rasta Female Icon perspective. Her deep song writing ability revealed her social consciousness. The "Servant of Jah Army" project is credited with stellar musicians: Drums: Sly Dunbar, Drumtan Ward. Bass: Robbie Shakespeare, Don Chandler, Keyboards: Leroy Mafia, Black Steel, Caroline Guitars: Black Steel Brass, Flute: Dean Fraser, Stepper, Rico - all recorded At Ariwa Sounds and engineered and mixed by the Mad Professor and Joe Ariwa.
Queen Omega has also performed at the African Festival in Germany, the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in California, the Soca Reggae RiverSplash in Slovenia, Reggae Fest in Serbia and the Upsalla Festival in Sweden. Queen Omega performed on Tony Rebel's "Rebel Salute" staged in 2004, which earned a lot of respect for her among the Jamaican audience. In Queenie’s homeland, Trinidad, Queen Omega has performed at Chaguaramas Mobs 2 (1998 & 2003), Queens Park Savannah for 96.1 & 98.9 FM (1998 to 2000), Icons of Music (2002), and at Hands Across the Sea (2004). Queen Omega is Trinidad's true "Queen of Reggae." She has more than demonstrated her talents on her five album releases. She has developed a depth of talent, and she is currently building her international fan base and is spreading out into new territories. Without a doubt, Queen Omega is a strong contender for the international title of "Queen of Reggae". Queen Omega is a conquering lion rasta messenger - conquering and to conquer.
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