December 6, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Except for a few women like for example the late Phyllis Dillon, J.C. Lodge and the trio Judy Mowatt, Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths (aka I-Threes), female artists have played a minor role in reggae history. Now there's a new female outfit called Kingston Ladies, who is trying to establish its name on the reggae map. Just like the Jamaican All Stars, the group is initiated by Pierre-Marc Simonin. The latter produced the documentary "Portaits de la Musique Jama´caine" (in English: "Portraits Of Jamaican Music") and also produced the album of the Jamaican All Stars (Justin Hinds, Sparrow Martin, Johnny "Dizzy" Moore and Skully Sims). Kingston Ladies consists of veteran Pam Hall, Leba Hibbert and Keisha Patterson. Pam Hall - the award winning voice behind many of the "female vocal" hits in reggae music over the last few years - is an experienced vocalist who has recorded for a variety of labels, including Lloyd & Michelle Campbell's "Joe Frasier Records" and Donovan Germain's "Penthouse" imprint. Leba Hibbert, daughter of Frederic "Toots" Hibbert, has grown up in a musical environment. In recent years she has often provided backing vocals - both on stage and in the studio - for today's big names in reggae music. Keisha Patterson - an actrice, dancer and vocalist - has played in adaptations of Broadway shows and met Pam Hall when they both played a role in a comedy musical.