Judyth Piazza interviews Reggae Super Star Marcus Yabba Griffiths on The American Perspective Radio Program today.
Yabba is a multi-talented musician whose repertoire includes vocalist, songwriter, performer, arranger, band leader, guitarist and producer, Marcus Yabba Griffiths was born in Manchester Parish, Jamaica. At age eleven, he moved to the capitol city; Kingston, Jamaica, reggae capitol of the world. A member of the vocal group, Gold Tones, Yabba Griffiths recorded a single entitled `Girl Exposer` for Duke Reid`s Treasure Isle Label, and caught the attention of Rendford Cogle, who was the main songwriter for the Melodians. Mr. Cogle wrote `Lock Love Away` for Yabba Griffiths to sing on Sonia Pottinger`s Hi-Note label and, in 1969, the song soared to #8 on the Top Ten Charts in Jamaica.
As a studio musician guitar player, Yabba Griffiths worked with many of the greatest musicians and singers of Jamaica including Bunny Wailer, Soul Syndicate, Gregory Isaacs, Roots Radics, Carlton and Family Man Barrett, Winston Wright, Lynn Taitt, Jackie Mittoo, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, The Tamlins, and Bobby Colphat, among many others.
During the interview Yabba sings to Judyth and shares his words of wisdom. Judyth asks Yabba, "What key quality do you believe all successful people share?"
"One of the first great qualities all successful people share, there are a few, they could go in any order, one is perseverance, one is to be sincere at what you do, never quit, never change, never give up your ideas, never lose your integrity. I think all great people have that in common plus they have the gift of talent," says Yabba.
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