Looking back on some of the Foundation Women in Jamaican Music and recognizing them for their accomplishments in helping to promote Jamaican music. While men have dominated and continue to dominate the Jamaican music market, the Jamaican women continue to show they are equally strong.
Over the years, woman artist such as Millie Small gained international fame in 1964 with the remake single “My Boy Lollipop”, and Marcia Griffiths known as the “Queen of Reggae” with the international blockbuster hit “Electric Slide” which developed into a world wide dance craze and the biggest hit by a Jamaican female artist and perhaps the biggest single out of Jamaica other than Bob Marley.
The I-Threes women group consisting of Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths
in addition to singing with Bob Marley was a major contributor to Foundation Women in Jamaican Music. An article was written in one of Jamaica’s newspaper, The Gleaner which recognized women who helped to shape Jamaican Music. Read Article
These Jamaican women artists with their international fame were major contributors in helping Jamaica their country to build the Jamaica Brand. Jamaican women artist continues to shaped the direction of Jamaican music. Their versatility in the various music categories remains strong. Whether singers are dance hall DJs, such as the incredibly stage present of Sister Nancy, Sister Carroll “The Black Cinderella”, Lady G, Lady Saw, Tanya Stephens and the list goes on. The likes of Queen Ifrica, Etana and much more ladies will ensure the future for women in Jamaican music for the foreseeable future will remain strong.