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International Reggae And World Music Awards Will Be Hosted in Jamaica in 2019.

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Jamaica will be the host country for 37th Annual International Reggae And World Music Awards (IRAWMA) 2019.  The event will be held at the Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Ephraim Martin being interviewed during the media conference in Jamaica.

Ephraim Martin, President of Martin’s International made the official announcement at a Press Launch, last Thursday at JamPro in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 2019 IRAWMA will honor the best of reggae and world music for the year 2018, and will salute “TheReggae50”, fifty years of Reggae from 1968/69 to present. The nomination ballot for reggae and world music experts and others in the entertainment industry to nominate the best of 2018 is now available online for those in the music industry to participate in selecting the best of 2018. Visit www.irawma.com or email, irawma@gmail.com for more information.

The nomination process will run now, November, 2018, through March 01, 2019. Immediately following the announcement of the 2018 nominees in March of 2019, reggae and world music fans, along with the general public will start their voting to select winners in all the competitive categories. Voting will be online at www.irawma.com; plus the option to mail-in the voting ballot will be available.

This is the fourth time in IRAWMA’s 37 year history that Jamaica has been the host country, and the first time for it to be held in Kingston.

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Youngins Reach For Vintage Heavyweights As Carnival 2020 Looms.

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There’s nothing like a good oldie to bring some spice to the arena. It’s been done before, nothing really new here, but it’s certainly worth the highlight when big names like Lord Nelson and Calypso Rose, drop those jewels, springing ’em on the beauties of today, Nailah Blackman and Patrice Roberts.

Last month, Nailah, the artiste who’s been keeping tongues talking for some time, teamed up with the globally respected Calypso Queen, Calypso Rose to unleash ‘Baila Baila’. The single is featured on Calypso Rose’s album ‘Calypso Rose and Friends.’ “I’m so happy to be a part of the Calypso Rose and Friends EP. Mama Rose is such an inspiration to me and it’s been a dream project to have her remix my first ever solo project, ‘Baila Mami,” Blackman said in the aftermath of the tune’s release in October.

Patrice shows off her vintage appeal.

Mere weeks later, another powerful female soca artiste has turned to an icon in the Calypso arena. Lord Nelson, the man who gave the world hits like, ‘Disco Daddy’ and ‘We Like It’ among countless others, is today being publicised like he hasn’t in some time, this as Patrice Roberts released their collaborative track, ‘Wha Ya Know’, after heightened pre-promotion on the weekend.

The new single offers a vintage reminder of what the Carnival experience of years gone by, offered patrons. The song highlights the difference in the feting culture of the past as compared to the ‘posing’ culture adopted to a great degree in T&T, today.

Check out the new single and let us know what you think!

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Jamaica’s Koffee Nominated for A Grammy Award. Youth Could Steal the Show!

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Nineteen-year-old Jamaican reggae artist, Koffee has been nominated by the Grammy nomination committee for her first Grammy Award in the Best Reggae Album category. It’s the first nomination for the Spanish Town native who is the youngest solo reggae act to have gotten a nomination in the category.

Koffee is going head to head with Julian Marley with “As I Am,” Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics with “The Final Battle” and Third World with “More Work To Be Done” which was produced by Damian Marley.

This is Koffee’s first nomination for a Grammy Award. The EP was also her debut.

The young entertainer released her debut EP, ‘Rapture’ in March this year. She appeared at major concerts which featured Buju Banton and other prominent acts, in the aftermath of the EP’s release, promoting her music and offering fans, especially in the Caribbean, a better opportunity to feel her vibe. In Trinidad in April, when Buju headlined the I Am Legend concert, Koffee was added to the cast much to the anticipation of her younger fan base. Her momentum never slowed and she never disappointed. Fast forward to November and the young, positive influencer is showing signs of musical greatness for many years to come.

Other Jamaican entertainers who have enjoyed Grammy Award success are Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Damian Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Burning Spear, among others.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is scheduled for January 26, 2020, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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