IRAWMA 2013 celebrates Reggae's finest Image

by Biko Kennedy

Honouring the best in Reggae and World music of the past year, the 32nd Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) presented by Martin's International, were handed out at the Coral Springs Centre for the Arts in Florida on Saturday May 4th.

Accomplished Reggae/Dancehall acts, Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, Mr. Vegas and Tarrus Riley are celebrating triumphs achieved at this year' staging as they walked away with multiple award wins; the only Jamaican acts to take home multiple awards on the night.

Marley took home Entertainer of the Year and Best Crossover Song for his chart-topping collaboration with Skrillex (Bun Dem). Riley copped the awards for Best Male Vocalist and Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer while Mr. Vegas won Best Song for Sweet Jamaica and Best Music Video for Bruk It Down.

Mr Vegas expressed his delight for the wins as "a great feeling to know that when you put out the effort to make good music, it pays off."

Lady Saw and Etana were the biggest winners of the night amongst females as they won awards for Best Female Deejay/Rapper and Best Female Vocalist respectively. Romain Virgo was honoured for his breakout year in 2012 with the Most Promising Entertainer award while Konshens also has his remarkable year consolidated with the Best Male Deejay/Rapper award.

Other notable winners included Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor for Producer of the Year, Dean Fraser for Best Instrumentals, Mutabaruka for Best Poet/Spoken Words and Third World for Best Caribbean Entertainers. Other winning included:

Best Album – Jimmy Cliff (Rebirth)

Most Consistent Entertainer – Freddie McGregor

Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award – Capleton

Most Outstanding Show Band/Group – Morgan Heritage

Special Honours – Donovan Germain (Penthouse Records CEO)

Concert of the Year – Reggae Sumfest

Royal Ambassador of Reggae World Music – The Marley Family

Lifetime Achievement Awards/Hall of Fame – Black Uhuru (first Reggae Grammy winners), Inner Circle, Lloyd 'Joe Frazier' Campbell and the Hon. Edward Seaga.

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