QORIHC honors women in the Jamaican music industry

by Howard Campbell

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Although not as documented as their male colleagues, women have played an important role in the Jamaican music industry since the country’s independence in 1962. Pioneers include Doris Darlington (mother of producer Clement Dodd), pat chin of Randy’s Records and singer Marcia Griffiths.

Laurell Nurse, a Jamaican who lives in New York, is determined to give women in the industry their due through her honorary Queens Of Reggae Island (QORIHC) ceremonies. His sixth staging is scheduled in Jamaica for October 23.

QORIHC class of 2022

The Class of 2022 recognizes 14 individuals who have made their mark in different aspects of the reggae industry. They include Lorna Wainwright, an administrator who worked for many years with Marley-owned Tuff Gong International; deejays Sister Carol, singer Tanya Stephens, Macka Diamond and Patra, model Althea Laing, actress Audrey Reid and DJ Yumia Japanese audio system selector.

Nurse, who was born in Kingston, was a singer living in New Jersey when she met deejay Sister Nancy seven years ago. She was struck by the veteran entertainer’s humility given his accomplishments over a 30-year career.

Laurell Nurse (right) presents Sister Nancy with her QORIHC award in Kingston, Jamaica, in 2016.

“She made me feel like women in the industry should be recognized more and have a night to themselves,” Nurse said.

Sister Nancy, best known for Bam Bam, the classic dancehall jam, led the honorees at the inaugural QORIHC here in 2016. Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Jamaica’s current Minister of Entertainment, was also honored this year- the.

Nurse’s organization has since recognized the work of music industry stalwarts. Pillars such as Claudette Kemp (manager of Capleton), Cedella Marley, CEO of Tuff Gong International. Plus, event sponsors Tina Matalon and singjay Ce’Cile.

A registered nurse, Laurell Nurse moved to New York after living in New Jersey for several years. As an artist, she has recorded a number of songs, including a cover of Gregory Isaacs’ Night Nurse.

Potential recipients of a QORIHC award must have impacted their profession for 10 years.

QORIHC 2022 winners

Artistic manager Monica Jackson (singer Sanchez’s wife), journalist Yasmin Peru, singer Chevelle Franklyn, designer Sophia Jones, videographer Gracian Christie and beautician Sher Luxury Doll will also be honored this year by the QORIHC.

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