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'Queen of Reggae' Featured at Santa Monica Pier Concert This Week
By Lookout Staff
July 10, 2017 -- After Independence week off, the 33rd Annual Twilight Concert Series returns to the Santa Monica Pier Thursday with a performance by Marcia Griffiths, whose vocals provided the rich harmonies for Bob Marley’s classic recordings.
Dubbed the Queen of reggae music, Griffiths was a member of the I-Threes, the iconic vocal trio that provided backup choruses for Marley's performances and recordings from 1974 until the singer's death in 1981.
"Marcia helps to keep the spirit of Bob Marley alive," the concert's promoters said. "She is a direct link to the prophetical, proverbial king of Reggae.
"In her shows she always covers some of his hit songs with class and sincerity and the spirit of Bob Marley is rekindled."
Born in West Kingston, Jamaica, Griffiths gained widespread recognition as a solo artist before joining Bob Marley and the Wailers, having scored a hit with her 1968 recording "Feel Like Jumping."
The I-Threes first appeared on Marley's song "Jah Live" shortly after the departure of Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston from the Wailers. She would continue to work as a solo artist during her tenure with reggae's biggest legend.
Since Marley’s death, Griffiths has furthered her career as a solo artist, scoring her most successul single with her 1989 re-mix of "Electric Boogie" (which made the Electric Slide an international dance craze) and embarking on world tours.
Thursday's opening act is Jamaican singer and songwriter Jah9, whose songs merge "poetry, dub and spirit," promoters said.
Since 2013, Jah9 -- who possesses a "chilling yet bewitching vibrato" -- has performed at most major European and US reggae festivals with her band The Dub Treatment, promoters said.
This year's lineup for the Thursday night summer series -- billed as "Southern California's largest free concert series" -- features the usual eclectic mix of world music, pop, rock, blues, funk and a classic rock band.
Once again, DJs from media partner KCRW will present each concert in the series, which is co-produced by RH&S Concerts, a partnership between Spaceland Presents and Rum & Humble.
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