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Electric Slide: singer Marcia Griffiths

Mother’s Day weekend just got more exciting with the announcement that queen of the “Electric Slide”, Marcia Griffiths, is to perform during a May 12 concert at the National Sports Centre.

Griffiths is one of two legendary Jamaican reggae singers being featured during the event as Freddie McGregor is also performing on stage.

“We can confirm that Marcia Griffiths and Freddie McGregor are coming,” Rosie Cross, who runs concert organiser Bermuda Salute, told The Royal Gazette.

“It’s going to be an exciting evening at the National Sports Centre because these two artists just bring so much energy and so much vibes and I cannot wait to see them on stage.

“They are from the old school and veterans of soft, mellow music and I thought we need something like that.”

Griffiths’s career started in 1964 performing with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires who have performed countless times in Bermuda before the death of the band’s leader.

That led to a recording contract at Clement Dodd’s legendary Studio One label where she initially recorded duets with singers such as Bob Andy and Bob Marley.

Her first success as a solo artist arrived in 1968 with the release of Feel Like Jumping, Truly and Melody Life were the other hit songs she recorded at Studio One.

From 1974 to 1981 she was a member of the I Threes, a trio of backing singers which supported Bob Marley & the Wailers.

Griffiths struck it big in 1989 when a remix of her 1983 re-recording of Bunny Wailer’s song Electric Boogie, originally recorded and released by Wailer in 1976, led to the Electric Slide, an international line dance craze still popular to this day.

“There are no words to describe Marcia to me,” Mrs Cross said.

“With Marcia coming it is going to be a really special treat for the mothers because all the mothers out there know Marcia and I’m sure they will be happy and excited to come out and see her again.

“Marcia said she is looking forward to it and can’t wait to meet Bermudians and share with them what she has to offer.”

Like Griffith, singer, musician and producer McGregor recorded at Studio One during the early days of his prolific career in the Sixties.

His popularity soared in the early 1980s with the release of Bobby Bobylon, which was followed by other hit songs such as Big Ship, Push Comes to Shove, I was Born a Winner and Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely, a top-ten hit in Britain.

“Freddie is also overwhelmed to be coming here to perform and I am so amazed by the many hits he has by himself,” Mrs Cross added.

The concert will also feature local artists and DJs yet to be confirmed with tickets expected to be on sale early next month.

Smooth crooner: reggae singer Freddie McGregor