Best of RITA MARLEY Lioness Of Reggae limited vinyl was released May 3 on Tuff Gong Worldwide and compiles her top songs from Beginning, Who Feels Knows It, We Must Carry On, Harambe and Spectacle For Tribuffalos. Her son, Ziggy Marley, who spearheaded the project said:
I felt this was a project that needed to be done, her musical legacy, message and vibe is unique to her and an important part of reggae’s history. This is a way for us to highlight and share her beautiful art
Alpharita Anderson, aka Rita Marley, displayed a deep love of music since childhood and this passion would ultimately lead her to form The Soulettes, which led to the eventual meeting of local Trench Town musicians Robert Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston – known as The Wailers. Soon after this fateful meeting, the talented young Rita became an integral part of the Wailers musical development, as well as a constant presence and influence in her husband, Bob Marley’s, life and legacy; including as a member of the I Threes alongside Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt.
Simultaneously, she forged an extraordinary career for herself including Who Feels It Knows It, Harambe, the 1992 Grammy nominated album We Must Carry On and Spectacle For Tribuffalos, as well as the classic reggae album Beginning, with the I-Threes. Her sizzling 1982 hit One Draw created waves around the world, was a bestseller with over two million copies sold and made history as the first reggae single to top the Billboard Dance Charts.
Rita Marley, OD continues her legacy today with the Rita Marley Foundation – eradicating poverty and hunger, while empowering communities, in Africa, Jamaica and beyond.
THE BEST OF RITA MARLEY LIONESS OF REGGAE TRACKLIST:
– One Draw
– A Jah Jah
– That’s The Way
– Who Feels It Knows It
– King Street
– Thank You Jah
– Good Morning Jah
– I’m Still Waiting
– Play Play