|Tags:||reggae roots reggae female vocalists rasta jamaica|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Alpharita Anderson, Cuba. Wife of Bob Marley, Rita has enjoyed a successful solo career in her own right, both before and after her husbands death in May 1981. She had originally worked with the Soulettes, a Studio One trio, where she first met Bob (who she married in 1966). She subsequently enjoyed several solo hits in Jamaica, among them Pied Piper. Prophetically, she would back the Wailers on several early recordings before linking up with Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt to form the I-Threes. Perhaps her most poignant statement is the album Who Feels It Knows It, recorded while Bob was dying of cancer. Ritas biggest hit came with One Draw, a pro-marijuana lyric recorded in 1981, shortly after Bobs death. However, she continued to enjoy single successes with Many Are Called and Play Play.
By the mid-80s she was largely retired, concentrating on untangling Bobs legal...