Thursday 14 November, 2019

Rita Marley, Sizzla honoured

Rita Marley (centre) collects her citation from Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta (second left) at the Independence Grad Gala on Tuesday. Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right), Culture Minister Olivia Grange (left) and Marley's relatives share in the occasion. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Rita Marley (centre) collects her citation from Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta (second left) at the Independence Grad Gala on Tuesday. Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right), Culture Minister Olivia Grange (left) and Marley's relatives share in the occasion. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Jamaica honoured two of its storied entertainers during the Grand Gala celebrations to mark the country’s 57th year of Independence at the National Stadium in Kingston on Tuesday.

The iconic Rita Marley and Sizzla Kolonji were presented with citations in front of a packed house.

Both Marley and Sizzla, whose real name is Miguel Collins, have done tremendous social work outside of reggae music for which they are best known.

Rita Marley is the matriarch of the Marley clan and has done an exceptional job in ensuring that Bob Marley’s legacy will last until the end of time. She has been very philanthropic and has given back through her Rita Marley Foundation by promoting several academic competitions for students each year.

Reggae singer Sizzla (centre) collects his citation from Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Sharing in the occasion (from left) are Culture Minister Olivia Grange; Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta; and Fayval Williams, Energy Minister and Member of Parliament for Eastern St Andrew, the constituency in which Sizzla's community of August Town is located.

She converted the Hope Road home of Bob Marley into a museum which is the most visited tourist destination in the Corporate Area.

Rita Marley is known for her songs, 'One Draw' and 'Harambe' among others. She was also a member of the I Threes which also included Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt and provided backing harmony for Bob Marley.

Sizzla also has his foundation and has done tremendous work in his community of August Town where he has worked with warring factions to bring peace in an area known for its high murder rate and constant bloodletting.

He continues to do social work and has converted his home in August Town into a community centre, known as Judgement Yard, to welcome the residents. His long list of hits include 'Solid As A Rock', 'Dry Cry', 'Rise To The Occasion' and 'No White God'.

Well done Rita Marley and Sizzla Kolonji. 

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