Rita Marley honoured for helping to popularise Jamaican music

Rita Marley has been honoured for helping to popularize the Jamaican music on the world stage and for the work of the Rita Marley Foundation.

Rita Marley, the widow of reggae legend Bob Marley, has been honoured with the Order of Jamaica (OJ) at Jamaica’s annual National Honours and Awards function.

Marley, whose full name is Alferita Constantia Marley, was born in Cuba but grew up in Kingston. She met Marley in the 1960s while leading her own singing group, the Soulettes, and married him in 1966. She later formed the I-Three, with fellow female reggae stars Judith Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths, which toured as the back-up singers for Bob Marley and the Wailers.

She was honoured for her “outstanding contribution to the popularization of Jamaican music and, by extension, Brand Jamaica on the world stage and for humanitarian work through the Rita Marley Foundation”.