|(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.
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/Sams24-7.com, 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
Martin’s International & Associates Debbie Bass Anthony Turner Rhona Fox
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 wicb.org. Tickets are available at www.castawaysithaca.com
Michael Judah Miller
|Jan 18, 2008|
|8:00 PM PST|
|Also On The Bill|
|Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band|
|Minimum Age Limit|
|21 and over|
|Castaways (more details)|
|413 Old Taughannock Blvd|
|Ithaca, NY US|
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REGGAE MUSIC’S FINEST, I-WAYNE AND WAYNE WONDER, JOIN FORCES ON THEIR WINTER 2008 U.S. TOUR
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: http://radmarg.vo.llnwd.net/o1/vprecords/projects/1796Foreva/epk/1796forevaepk.html. For more info on Wayne Wonder visit http://www.waynewonder.com or http://www.myspace.com/waynewonder4life.
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 http://vprecords.com/ecards/vp1798/iWaynePress.html For more info visit www.myspace.com/iwayne.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks.
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|Dancehall reggae powerhouse CHAM (formally Baby Cham) stops by the BADMAN RADIO show this Saturday on Bigupradio.com. 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
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