JM | Mar 7, 2023

Jamaica Music Museum set to pay tribute to rhumba dancer Anita’ Margarita’ Mahfood on International Women’s Day

Vanassa McKenzie

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Anita “Margarita” Mahfood Jamaican dancer, actress and singer.

The Jamaica Music Museum (JaMM) is set to host a special lunch-hour tribute to famed Jamaican Rhumba entertainer Anita ‘Margarita’ Mahfood on Wednesday (March 8) in commemoration of International Women’s Day.

The lunch hour event which is dubbed ‘Margarita: Rhumba Dancer with Fire in her Belly’ will feature a presentation by Herbie Miller, director of Jamaica Music Museum at Liberty Hall in Downtown, Kingston.

Not only was Mahfood a famous Rhumba dancer, but she also sang, acted, wrote and performed reggae music. Tomorrow’s event is set to unravel some of Anita’s works and contributions to the Jamaican music industry.

Mahfood was honoured by the University of Technology in 2013 for her contribution to Jamaica’s music industry.

Herbie Miller also gave a presentation on Don Drummond, Jamaican ska trombonist and composer and the partner of Mahfood, in 2016, to highlight their contribution to reggae and ska in Jamaica.

Mahfood had an untimely death after she was fatally stabbed by Drummond on January 2, 1965.

The Rhumba dancer is remembered for her contribution to breaking barriers for women in the music industry.


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