Marjorie Whylie

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Inducted into the Jamaican Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997, Marjorie Whylie has devoted her life to exploring and expanding on the musical roots of her homeland. Her compositions, which include "Mountain Women,"…
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Inducted into the Jamaican Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997, Marjorie Whylie has devoted her life to exploring and expanding on the musical roots of her homeland. Her compositions, which include "Mountain Women," "Ni Woman of Destiny," "I Not I," "Blood Canticles," "Drumscore," "Caribbean Canvas," "The Black Widow," and "Journeys Beyond Survival," are a pastiche of indigenous Jamaican folk, African polyrhythms, European art music, and classic jazz. The one-time acting director of the music department at the University of the West Indies, Whylie is the leader of the National Dance Theatre of Jamaica singers, for whom she arranges song suites and composes interludes and music for dance choreographers. She has worked extensively with artistic director Rex Nettleford, composing and arranging such full-scale masterpieces as "Myal" and "Gerrehbenta." A much-respected musicologist, Whylie has lectured and conducted workshops in England, continental Europe and North America and judged music competitions in the Eastern Caribbean. In addition to performing with the Whylie Wrhythms Band, Whylie continues to play solo piano and sing in prestigious Jamaican hotels.