Marjorie Whylie, CD – Salute to 60 Jamaican Women

As a young girl, Marjorie Whylie was so fascinated by music, especially the piano, that she decided that when she grew up she would learn everything and do everything related to music. And she did. She started playing the piano at over two years old, performed in public at five, and began formal lessons at six.

She was the musical director of the famous Jamaican band National Dance Theater Company (NDTC) for 45 years until its retirement in 2013. The NDTC was formed sixty years ago in 1962, the same year Jamaica became an independent nation. The NDTC has performed in many countries around the world. Marjorie Whylie has composed music for NDTC singers and dancers based on our African roots.

In 1997 she was inducted into the Jamaican Jazz Hall of Fame and in 2004 she received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Theater and Music.

She was head of the music department at the University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI), director of the folk music research center; as well as Director of the School of Music at Edna Manley College Of The Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston.

Marjorie Whylie, Order of Distinction, Commander Class (CD), awarded by the Jamaican government in 2015, is one of Jamaica’s most celebrated musicians. She is a pianist, performer, composer, arranger, singer and teacher. And she even has her own band The Whylie Wrythms performing locally and internationally!

A respected musicologist, she has received numerous honors and awards for her work in music and music education and has lectured and led workshops in Europe and North America and judged competitions in the Eastern Caribbean.

ECLECTIC: Having many interests. To be polyvalent.