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Musgrave for McGregor - Singer questions younger generation's commitment to longevity

Published:Monday | May 1, 2017 | 5:00 AM
Freddie McGregor
Dennis Brown (left) and Freddie McGregor.
Freddie McGregor and Marcia Griffiths performing at Irish and Chin Reeewind To Rocksteady – An Elegant Affair at World Resort Casino, Queens, New York, on Saturday, November 26, 2016.
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On May 25, Frederick 'Freddie' McGregor will be presented with the Silver Musgrave Award at the Institute of Jamaica, East Street, Kingston.

McGregor, who is on tour in Europe, told The Gleaner it is another important award for him. "For me to be recognised outside is fine, but when it comes from within, it says a lot. I am truly grateful for this prestigious award. I thank the Musgrave committee for considering me for this award. I am truly humbled," he said.

The singer, who has more than 50 years in the business and released the album True To My Roots in 2016, said the younger generation could learn a thing or two about surviving through the eras and keeping their career current from foundation artistes like himself.

"To achieve this level of success and still mange to stay current, one has to show patience, persistence and humility, especially the latter. I see that lacking in almost every area of this business today. Most times it's about the hype, but what about talent?" he asked.

 

HUGE RESPONSIBILITY

 

For McGregor, if a break comes for an artiste it carries a lot of responsibility, a lot more than most people would imagine.

"Are you prepared for those responsibilities?" he asked. "Like being a great representative for your country and yourself. Most of the younger ones don't get it yet. They only see the hype, but I ask, where is the catalogue of great songs to sustain your career and your longevity?"

Among McGregor's hit songs are Push Come To Shove, Big Ship, And So I Will Wait For You and Prophecy (originally done by Little Roy).

He hopes that sooner, rather than later, everyone in the industry will realise that the preservation of Jamaica's music and culture supersedes self.

Looking ahead, the Big Ship label singer said there is no slowing down just yet, as he still has a lot more work to do and accomplish. "I may already have the Key To The City (the title of one of his popular songs), but I have a lot more to achieve, I have to keep pushing and keep doing what I do best - music" he said.