September 18, 2023
Golden, Marcia Griffiths’s latest album, was released on September 8.
The 11-song set is co-produced by Kemist Music and Donsome Records.
In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, Griffiths spoke of her preference for albums with less quantity and strong on quality.
“I prefer to have 10 solid, nice songs. I think the days of 16-17 songs on an album are over; people are more into EPs,” she said.
Her son, Errol “The Kemist” Thompson, Adrian Hanson of Donsome Records, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Clive Hunt, Donovan Germain, and Silly Walks Discotheque out of Germany produced songs on Golden.
It is released four years after Timeless, Griffiths’ previous album, which was a tribute to the legendary Studio One label.
Two songs from Golden, Let’s Talk About Music and Beer And A Girl, have been released. Both are produced by Germain, who figured prominently in Griffiths’ resurgence during the 1990s.
Marley produced That Part of Me, while Hunt worked with her on Slide, a song written by Omi. Hanson produced Time Away, a collaboration with Turbulence, as well as Black Tears; while Say Nuttin is a collaboration with The Kemist.
Silly Walks Discotheque from Germany, best known for Chronixx’ monster hit Smile Jamaica, produced Holding You Close.
Griffiths is currently on a five-city tour of Japan. She has dates in Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Nagoya, and Osaka.
Next year will be a momentous one for the durable artiste who began her recording career at Studio One in the early 1960s.
In the 1970s she toured the world with Bob Marley while maintaining a strong solo career.
“I will be celebrating 60 years in music next year and I’m not into the whole heap of flying around. I’m just going to take it easy,” said Griffiths.
In October she will be officially invested with the Order of Jamaica, the country’s fourth-highest honour, during the annual investiture and presentation of national honours and awards ceremony at King’s House.
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