"I was driving through the Redwood Forest in Mendocino, California, and saw a ray of sun peeking through the trees. It was then that I saw my name in three syllables: 'Ma-Ri-Jah. '" 'The tie-dyed dreadlocked Marijah was raised an Afro-Italian-American Rasta girl in a New Jersey ghetto, beating imaginary drums on car hoods and anything else she could get her hands on. A graduate of the flower-power, weed-smoking, sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll generation, her free spirit now lends itself to an array of ethnic percussion instruments and sugar-sweet vocals over varied reggae rhythms. Believing there's a distinct lack of female entertainers in the reggae world, the Lake Worth-based Marijah fights for her right to party with positivity. Her current CD, Spirit of a Woman, is laid-back, refreshing, and exceptionally charming. Marijah and the Reggae All-Stars perform at 5:30 p.m. at Clematis by Night, Clematis Street and Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, on Thursday, September 4. Call 561-659-8007.
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