b. Marcia Vyris Edghill, 18 June 1954, Jamaica, West Indies, d. 12 July 2002, London, England. Edghill came from a religious family and was leader of the church choir. In the mid-60s her family immigrated to the UK. Her parents died at an early age and Edghill took on the parental responsibilities toward her younger siblings. After leaving school, in addition to her family commitments, she pursued a career in music. She initially performed as a backing singer for artists such as Congo Ashanti Roy, Prince Lincoln And The Royal Rasses, Vincent Nap, Sanchez, Ruff Cut Band, Nerious Joseph and Bim Sherman. In the early 80s Edghill joined African Woman, celebrated as one of the first female reggae bands in the world. Following a change in the line-up, Edghill became the lead singer and a year later the collective performed as Akabu. With the group she toured global festivals where the audiences were spellbound by this unique group of women who could sing and play world-class reggae while spreading messages of love, peace, and humanity. By the late 90s Akabu merged with AbbaKush. Through the efforts of Culture Promotions the women then emerged as Sista, a combination of the two groups with additional members Aisha and Trilla Jenna. Edghill was a highly regarded performer and her demise led to sincere tributes throughout the reggae industry.
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