For Immediate Release

Shaggy Sean Paul and Koffee,  LEAD The Nominations In Martin’s International  37TH International Reggae and world Music Awards

Bob Marley received  the Special  Emperor of Reggae and World Music Honor
Rev. Jesse Jackson received the Special Freedom Fighter Honor
Hon. Olivier ‘Babsy’ Grange received the Martin’s International/IRAWMA Reggae/Jamaica Person of the Year 2018

On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, all roads lead to Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica where Martin’s International returns for the fourth time in its 37-year history to host the official launch of the 37th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in recognition of Reggae 50, celebrating fifty years of reggae music.

“It is not just to honor the best of 2018” states Founder and President of IRAWMA, Ephraim Martin. “But to salute and honor some of reggae's foundation members, who are still making a difference in the world of reggae from 1968 to present.  This year we had an overwhelming amount of nominations which is a testimony to not only the need for Artistes to be recognized for their work but is evidence of the amount of excellent Reggae and world music makers in Jamaica and around the globe”.  Some other nominees  are Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Chronixx, Damion Marley and Vybz Kartel.

Established in 1982 to acknowledge and honor the accomplishments and contributions of reggae and world music artists, including songwriters, performers, promoters and musicians, the IRAWMA has been staged in many major cities including Atlanta, Chicago,
Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New Orleans, New York as well as Port of Spain, Trinidad and both Montego Bay and Ocho Rios in Jamaica.

This exciting 37th staging confirms Martin International’s commitment to promoting greater participation and acceptance of Reggae, the Caribbean and World Music, Internationally and will award 161 nominees in 41 categories and 9 special awards including the Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year, Best Crossover Song, Mutabaruka Award for Best Poet/Spoken Word entertainer and the coveted Martin’s International/IRAWMA Award of Honor.

Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport,  IRIE FM, Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, VP Records, Onstage TV, IrieJam 360, International Festival of Life,, Trade Works, 25th  Century Radio, Down Marie & Wiz- WAVS AM, African Spectrum & Rockers Jamaica.

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Contact:       Angela Thame
Telephone:  876-999-7907

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