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Machel Montano Top Winner At 27th IRAWMA

(New York, NY) – May 5, 2008, – International Soca Ambassador Machel Montano, took home top honors at the prestigious 27th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) held on May 4, 2008 at the World-Famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Machel won “Entertainer of the Year”, “Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer” and “Most Outstanding Stage Personality”.
Top IRAWMA nominee Tarrus Riley, took home trophies for “Best Male Vocalist” and “Best Song-She is Royal”, while “Best Recording Artist” and “Best Male DJ/Rapper” titles went to Beenie Man. The Marley brothers, Stephen, Ky-Mani and Ziggy, sons of Reggae legend Bob Marley received IRAMWA nods. Stephen for “Best CD for “Mind Control” and “Songwriter of the Year”; Ky-Mani for “Producer’s Respect Award” and “Most Promising Entertainer”; and Ziggy received the “Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award” for charitable efforts through his URGE organization. In addition, first-time IRAWMA nominee Sean Kingston earned two IRAWMA’s for “Best New Entertainer” and “Best Crossover Song- Beautiful Girls”.

International singer Billy Ocean(“Caribbean Queen”); Gospel artist Claudelle Clarke; pioneering recording engineer Errol Brown(Bob Marley) and UK Rock Steady crooner Winston Francis(“California Dreamin”) were inducted into the IRAWMA Hall of Fame. Ziggy Marley and Jay Z each received the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award for their charitable efforts. The Producer’s “Respect” Award went to Ky-Mani Marley. Herman Hall, publisher of Everybody’s Magazine; songstress Winsome Benjamin and Karl Rodney, publisher of Carib News each received the Award of Appreciation. Reggae legends Freddie McGregor and Dwight Pinkney, each took home the Award of Honor trophy.

International reggae superstar Shaggy tore the house down with the most outstanding performance of the night. Backed by Dean Fraser and the All-Stars, which includes members of Shaggy’s own band, Ky-Mani Marley floored the crowd with a memorable rendition of “Turn the Light’s Down Low”. Dancehall queens Macka Diamond, Ce’Cile, and D’Angel spiced up the night with their colorful, energy-packed songs while Etana and Jadine “The Soca Deva” each upheld the stage with electrifying sets. Other crowd-roaring performances were given by Tarrus Riley, Junior Reid, and Mutabaruka. The grand finale wrapped up the night with a full stage of nominees, performers, and fans crooning Bob Marley’s “One Love” and rocking to calypso song “Hot Hot Hot” with Machel Montano grabbing the mic to lead the crowd.

Entertainers walking the red carpet included: Grammy-winner Shaggy; stage and television actress Janet Hubert(“Fresh Prince of Bel Air”); Ky-Mani Marley, Tarrus Riley, Etana, Machel Montano, Macka Diamond, Lady G, Dean Fraser, D’Angel, Mutabaruka, Ce’Cile, Junior Reid, Shelia Hylton, Dwight Pickney, Camille McDonald among others.  In addition, Dr. Una S.T. Clarke, CD, Illinois Appellate Court Judge, Shelvin Louise Marie Hall and her sister, New York State Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Hall were also in attendance.
Each year, Reggae and World Music industry experts select the nominees for the IRAWMA. Ballots are made available online and at various newspapers, restaurants and record stores. Afterward music fans across the globe have the opportunity to vote for the winners. “One reason, the IRAWMA award is such a coveted trophy, is that winners are selected by Reggae and World music fans around the world,” says Ephraim Martin, founder and president of the IRAWMA.

Other winners included: Etana, “Best Female Vocalist”; Beenie Man, “Best Male/DJ Rapper”; Don Omar, “Best Reggaeton Entertainer”; Papa Wembe, “Best Soukous Entertainer”; the late Lucky Dube, “Best African Entertainer”; Shaggy, “Best Music Video for Church Heathen”; Mutabaruka, “Best Poet”; Buju Banton, “Most Educational Entertainer”; Freddie McGregor, “Most Consistent Entertainer”; Junior Reid, “Most Improved Entertainer”, among others. See attached “Winners List”. 

Sponsors for the event included:  American Airlines, Carib News, JAMROCK Magazine/LinkUp Media, Carib News, Sam’s Caribbean Market Place/, Dr. Roland Rose-Ace Medical, Dennis Shipping, Atlas Vacations, Transcontinental Shippers, CVM-TV, D. Wilshire Tux Rental & Limousine Service, Keeling Records, J & L Tax Consultants, NY Liberty Star Newspaper, Street Hype Newspaper, SARFM Radio, Ideal Health – Toni Haynes, Uptown Juice Bar, Baba Roots-USA, Eye Collection Clothing, Dalhouse Productions, Bennett Bridal/Platinum World Class Limousine, American Academy of Physician Assistants, d. Wilshire Tux rental and Limo, WP 88.7 FM and Sam Ash Music Stores.

 WINNERS OF THE 27TH INTERNATIONAL REGGAE & WORLD MUSIC AWARDS (IRAWMA) A Martin’s International & Associates, LLC Event / Held at the Apollo Theater in NYC on May 04, 2008

1. Entertainer of the Year – Machel Montano
2. Recording Artist of the Year – Beenie Man
3. Best Male Vocalist – Tarrus Riley
4. Best Female Vocalist – Etana
5. Best Song – “She Is Royal”- Tarrus Riley
6. Best CD – “Mind Control”- Stephen Marley
7. Best Crossover Song – “Beautiful Girls”- Sean Kingston
8. Best Gospel Song – “Lava Ground”- Prodigal Son
9. Best Female D.J./Rapper – Queen Ifrika
10. Best Male D.J./Rapper – Beenie Man 
11. Best New Entertainer – Sean Kingston
12. Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer – Machel Montano
13. Best Reggaeton Entertainer – Don Omar
14. Best Latin Entertainer- Marc Anthony  
15. Best Compas Entertainer – Carimi
16. Best African Entertainer – Lucky Dube- Post Humous  
17. Best Soukous Entertainer- Papa Wembe 
18. Best Hip Hop/R&B Entertainer- Rihanna
19. Award for Outstanding Contribution to World Music – King Sunny Ade 
20. Most Outstanding Stage Personality – Machel Montano
21. Best Music Video – Shaggy “Church Heathen”
22. Best Poet- Mutabaruka
23. Most Educational Entertainer – Buju Banton
24. Most Outstanding Show Band– Morgan Heritage 
25. Most Consistent Entertainer – Freddie McGregor
26. Most Promising Entertainer – Ky-Mani Marley
27. Most Improved Entertainer – Junior Reid
28. Best Instrumentalist – Dean Fraser
29. Best Backing Band – Live Wyya
30. Most Popular Selector – Mighty Crown
31. Concert of the Year –- Reggae Sumfest
32. Promoter of the Year – Sumfest Production
33. Producer of the Year – Stephen McGregor
34. Songwriter of the Year – Stephen Marley
35. Selassie I Award for Spiritual Service through Music – Tony Rebel
36. Community Service Award – Capleton                                                                                                          
37. Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award- (a) Ziggy Marley, (b) Jay-Z
38. IRAWMA Hall of Fame– Inducted May 4, 2008- (a) Billy Ocean, (b) Claudelle Clarke, (c) Errol Brown, (d) Winston Francis
39. Martin’s International Award of Honor- Given May 4, 2008- (a) Freddy McGregor, (b) Dwight Pinkney
40.  Producer’s “Respect” Award- Given May 4, 2008– Ky-Mani Marley
41. Awards of Appreciation for Contributions to the Music Industry- (a) Herman Hall- Everybody’s Magazine, (b) Winsome Benjamin- Entertainer, (c) Karl Rodney- Carib News

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Clinton Fearon LIVE at Castaways

I-Town Records and Judahites Productions presents Central New York’s only Roots Reggae Series. Showcasing one of reggae legends Clinton Fearon, founding member of the Gladiators and his Boogie Brown Band. Kevin Kinsella Founding member of John Browns Body and Founder of I-Town Records will be performing with his project Food Clothes and Shelter. Master Kora Player Malang Diabate will be showcasing his skills to open the show. A great night of Roots Music hosted by Mike Judah from Reggae Explosions on 92 WICB. Reggae Explosions airs every Thursday Mornings from 10am-12noon EST. It can be streamed live at Tickets are available at 
Bless Up!

Michael Judah Miller
JudahItes Productions

Jan 18, 2008
8:00 PM PST
Also On The Bill
Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band
Admission Price
Minimum Age Limit
21 and over
Web Site
Castaways (more details)
413 Old Taughannock Blvd
Ithaca, NY US

Wayne Wonder and I-Wayne Tour Schedule for Winter 2008



It’s a new year and the Wayne’s of reggae are turning up the heat for Winter 2008. I-Wayne and Wayne Wonder will perform in multiple cities across the United States from January to mid-February. The highly anticipated tour will kick off in Boston, MA on January 16th and continue throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast. Fans can mix their tastes buds with the satisfying sounds of I-Wayne’s culture tunes and Wayne Wonder’s velvety love songs. Please see confirmed dates below:

January 16               Boston, MA              Roxy’s

January 18               Bridgeport, CT         Aces Nightclub

January 19               Rochester, NY         Water Street

January 20               Norfolk, VA              The Norva

January 21               Bronx, NY                  The Party Place

January 23               Atlanta, GA             Party Room

January 24               Chicago, IL              The Metro

January 25               Columbus, OH        Alrosa Villa

January 27               Detroit, MI                 Sigma Plaza

January 29               Minneapolis, MN    Fine Line Music Café

January 30               Kansas City, MO     Madrid Theater

January 31               Chicago, IL              Wild Hare

February 3                Tampa, FL                 Harbor Club

February 6                Charlotte, NC         Club Tropix

February 7                Jacksonville, FL       Club Rain

February 8                Miami, FL                   Florida Memorial College

February 9                Fort Myers, FL           Vinnie’s Cuisine

February 10             Orlando , FL             Hard Rock Café 


Performing and recording for over 15 years, Wayne Wonder is synonymous with worldwide dancehall reggae chart-toppers and mega hits.   His latest album, Foreva, features his new tune “For My Love” ft. rap diva Trina and boasts impressive collaborations with world renowned dancehall producers Don Corleone and Tony Kelly (Sean Paul, Elephant Man). Foreva is a  follow up to 2003’s smash success ‘No Holding Back’ (Atlantic Records) which garnered worldwide acclaim with a peak position at #29 on the Billboard Top 200, a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album, and the now famous solo television performance splitting the bill with Sean Paul on ‘Saturday Night Live’. To check out select tracks and video from Foreva click here: For more info on Wayne Wonder visit or 


On his sophomore release Book Of Life, I-Wayne disarms fans once again with his enchanting smooth sound over airy instrumentals and simplistic yet profound lyrics. The roots and culture sensation landed a hit on major urban/hip-hop radio in 2005 with his fiery single, “Can’t Satisfy Her,” on heavy rotation at New York’s Hot 97 radio station and received tremendous critical acclamation on his debut album Lava Ground as well as his most recent effort Book Of Life. I-Wayne has undeniably raised the bar for roots reggae of this generation by captivating the world with his distinct sound and deep insight. To listen to snippets of his new album visit For more info visit

For more info on the tour or if you would like to schedule interviews with these artists please contact Tiffany Mea at 718-425-1151 or . Thanks. 

Tiffany Mea

VP Records Publicity
89-05 138th St.
Jamaica, NY 11435
PH: (718)-425-1151
FAX: (718)-658-3573

BADMAN RADIO #9 with special guest CHAM on

Dancehall reggae powerhouse CHAM (formally Baby Cham) stops by the BADMAN RADIO show this Saturday on BADMAN RADIO is hosted by DJ TRASHA “Tha Booty Shaker.” Cham has been blowing up hot dancehall tracks since the late 90’s. His latest smash hits include “What U Think The Police Can Do,” “Possess (Silver Screen Riddim),” and let’s not forget the bombshell “Ghetto Story (Eighty Five Riddim)” Do not miss this exclusive interview and feature with CHAM!! ONE LOVE


Cham – Vitamin S
Cham - Vitamin S

About CHAM:

There are a million stories in the ghetto. And yet there’s only one “Ghetto Story.” And like the song says, it’s a survival story.

In Jamaica’s ultra-competitive music scene, stars are born every day and fade away just as fast. But ever since the mid 1990s, Baby Cham has represented the best of cutting-edge dancehall reggae. His every release seems to bring forth new sounds, new slang, and up-to-the minute ghetto news reports guaranteed to “bust the dance.” Spelled with a C (like champagne), Cham should not be confused with any Flipmode Squad affiliate, although he has been known to bust a rhyme from time to time. With his athletic good looks, his booming baritone voice, and a catalog of hits that won’t quit, Cham has managed to stay ahead of the times for longer than any other DJ in the game. And with the release of his long-awaited album Ghetto Story, Cham’s poised to take dancehall to another level all over again.

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