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Bob Marley Widow Rita Marley Grooves To Beenie Man Music At IRAWMA

Bob Marley’s Widow Rita Marley Makes First Public Appearance Since Stroke {VIDEO} Bob Marley widow Rita Marley was once again the center of attention at another public event.

Rita Marley, the matriarch of the Marley family, is rarely seen in public these days ever since she suffered a stroke in 2016. Last weekend she showed out at the annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMAs), and she enjoyed the event. At one point she was seen grooving to Beenie Man music as the dancehall legend performed some of his classic hits. The Jamaican music icon smiled as she waved her left hand to the beat of the rhythm.

Rita Marley was instrumental in the formation of the IRAWMA awards in 1982, a year after Bob Marley died at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, Florida. The 37th staging of IRAWMA was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on Saturday, May 11. A wheelchair-bound Rita Marley was the center of attention as the show tribute her with two awards. IRAWMA founder Ephraim Martin told the audience that Rita was instrumental in the formation of the awards show that recognized reggae music.

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Rita Marley enjoyed music from the likes of The Heptones, Top One Frisson from the Congo, and U-Roy. However, it was Beenie Man who got the best response from her. Several other local celebrities greeted her and posed for photo ops as she was warm and welcoming to all of them.

Earlier this year, Rita Marley made her first public appearance in Jamaica since her stroke in 2016 when she joined her musical sisters Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt on stage at the 2019 Jamaica Reggae Industry Association awards.

Rita Marley was awarded the Reggae50 – Pioneer Award of Honour.

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Rita Marley

Bob Marley’s widow, Rita Marley, makes her first public appearance since her stroke in 2016.

Back in September 2016, Rita Marley became hospitalized due to a stroke. The Marley family didn’t speak much about her condition except to dismissed rumors that she had passed on. Since then we hadn’t seen the Marley matriarch at any major public event until this week when she joined her I-Threes sisters, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt at the 2019 Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) award ceremony. The three legendary females were awarded the Iconic Award (for a duo/group).

The audience was shocked to see reggae music icon and Bob Marley’s beloved widow, Rita Marley, being brought out on stage in a wheelchair. Some members of the audience moved closer to the front of the stage to get a closer glimpse of her and even popped out their smartphones to snap pictures. “Thank you” and “love you” were the only words she said when she was handed the microphone, but it was enough to warm the hearts of the entire audience.

Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt formed the legendary I-Threes who was instrumental in the success of Bob Marley. The three women were recognized for their outstanding contribution to reggae music.

“This is indeed a privilege and an honor – a pleasure for us to be here,” Mowatt said while the group accepted the award from Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange. “We thank Almighty God that we are here, so many have gone on before us, but we are here, and so we give thanks. I am very very happy that my sister Rita is here with us.”

Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt are among the most celebrated females in reggae music’s history. It was a great sight to see Mama Rita, as she is affectionately called, in public.

Stephen Marley paid homage to Rita Marley on Twitter while marking International Women’s Day yesterday.

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