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MARCIA GRIFFITHS to get top Jamaican honour

Jamaican reggae singer MARCIA GRIFFITHS is set to receive the Order of Distinction (commander class) in the country's annual 'National Honours and Awards'.

As reported in the Jamaica Observer, GRIFFITHS will pick up the honour at a ceremony on 20 October at King's House in Kingston.

The award is Jamaica’s fifth highest honour. She was previously awarded the OD (officer class).

GRIFFITHS is celebrating her 50th anniversary in the business this year and will be performing a special show in London next month.

The concert takes place on 10 September at the IndigO2 and tickets range from £30 to £45 in advance. 

She will be joined by the likes of BOB ANDY, JUDY MOWATT, DA'VILLE and TANYA STEPHENS.

Trumpeter BOBBY ELLIS, bass player PHIL CHEN, dub poet LINTON KWESI JOHNSON, CARL BRADY who was a founding member of BYRON LEE AND THE DRAGONAIRES, and founder of the STONE LOVE sound system WINSTON “WEE POW” POWELL will also receive ODs for their contributions to music.