Marcia Griffiths makes South African connection
Collaborates with Kwabena Nip
Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
Kwabena Nip emerged on the local scene with his smooth vocals over a single called Bloody River in 2011, and has since embarked on promotional tours in England and Africa.
The artiste recently collaborated with veteran reggae singer Marcia Griffiths, but laments what he terms a lack of respect to the genre he loves.
"In Jamaica, we must always remember these legendary artistes. They are a gift from the Most High to us all, and they still continue to spread the conscious message of true reggae music round the globe," he said.
Kwabena Nip, a long-time fan of the I-Threes, complimented Griffiths, saying she was very professional and easy-going.
"I found Marcia very easy-going, warm, and humble to work with. A kind of love and helpfulness came from her, not to mention her professionalism which is without equal. It was a great boost to my spirit to work with such a legendary icon, and to finally sing with the queen of reggae," he said.
Kwabena Nip says the musical connection between himself and Marcia Griffiths came after she had listened to a few songs from his album Ancestral Vessel and gave it a passing grade.
According to the artiste, he instantly felt motivated to collaborate and flew straight to Jamaica on a mission to get on a track with the icon, a result of which, the single Governs Of Africans was recorded.
"Working with her was like gold, but to top it with a diamond. I would love to record an album with Marcia, if she ever gets some time," Kwabena Nip said.
Governs of Africa is currently receiving regular rotation in Africa, and Kwabena Nip hopes to spread his promotional wings to Jamaica in months to come.
"Growing up in Jamaica I listened to Marcia in the I-Threes singing and backing Bob Marley & the Wailers, and Marcia always stood out. And once I started to translate lyrics and perform as time went by, she was one of the people I always wanted to sing with ever since I first heard Young, Gifted and Black. That was a great inspiration to me and so many others and it was my dream come true to work with her," Kwabena Nip concluded.