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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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Protoje’s Inside. Grammy Nominee Reverts to the ‘Rounds’ as He Delivers New Music, Talks Social Media and more.

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It’s the kind of song everyone needs to hear. For an artiste like Protoje, dubbed one of the architects of reggae’s revival movement, it’s really nothing new. He’s been preaching positive from the very beginning. This time around, the artiste, who was nominated for the 2018 Best Reggae Album Grammy award with, ‘A Matter of Time’, teamed up with Jamaica’s Agent Sasco and Lila Ike for what turned out to be something pretty special.

Last week, he touched down in Trinidad. He’s been making the media rounds, highlighting the new track, ‘Not Another Word’ – a song that’s come complete with the right visuals to engage. He’s no newcomer, he understands the power of visibility, the respect of social media marketing and the essence of immediate connection, but truth be told, Protoje sure wishes life were simpler.

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No Stopping The Rasta Preacher Now. DJ Khaled Delivers Buju Banton to Even His Detractors.

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The irony. In a world where a man can be entrapped miles away from his home country, detained for near 10 years, released, and return to being an even bigger symbol of power and positivity than he ever was, proves there are no limits. Buju Banton’s fire blazes on.

Internationally acclaimed multi millionaire music mogul, DJ Khaled’s been a close friend and ally of Mark Myrie, the artiste we all fondly refer to as Buju Banton, for some 19 years. Khaled, a US national born to Palestinian parents, has been grounded enough to know the sweet beauty that can often be found in the harsh rubble of ghetto cultured living. It’s no surprise that his latest album release, an honorary tribute to his young son, Asahd, features a few of Jamaica’s best, among them Buju Banton, Sizzla Kalonji and Mavado.


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