Machel Montano, Damian Marley and Gyptian top nominees list for 30th International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA)

The International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) is about to make a significant Milestone in the history of Caribbean and World Music, as the only music awards show to consistently acknowledge and give accolades to world music entertainers for thirty years. Martin’s International and Associates, in a special ceremony held at the House of Angostura in Port of Spain, Trinidad revealed to the world the 2010 nominees in the 30th IRAWMA anniversary awards ceremony carded to take place in Trinidad in May 2011.

Caribbean media personality Giselle 'D Wassi One' Blanche (left) with IRAWMA Artiste liason Jo Wheeler. For further information on IRAWMA and to purchase tickets for this landmark occasion in Caribbean and World music visit

Topping the list is Reggae music sensation Gyptian who is nominated in eight categories; followed by Trinidad and Tobago King of Soca, and recent winner of the Soca Monarch and Road March titles, Machel Montano who is nominated in seven categories. Also copping seven nods is DamianJunior Gong Marley, who has toured extensively with US Rapper Nas.

Reggae rhythm tag team Sly and Robbie received six nominations, while Dancehall star Vybz Kartel gained five. Other multiple nominees, includes: Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, I-Octane, JW and Blaze, Queen Ifrica, Shaggy, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Roy Cape, Romain Virgo, Tarrus Riley, Third World, Pitt Bull, Gramps Morgan, Kernel Roberts and Marcia Griffiths, among others.

The 2010 nominees were disclosed by, Ephraim Martin, President of Martin’s International and Associates and representatives from B-Mobile and Angostura. Caribbean and World Music fans throughout the globe can now select the winners by logging onto and voting for their best of 2010.

The 30th IRAWMA will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at the National Academy of the Performing Arts (NAPA), in Port of Spain. On Sunday May 29th, a grand concert celebration of the nominees and winners will take place at the Queens Park Savannah entitled “Reggae meets Soca and Chutney”.

Mr. Ephraim Martin, Founder and Chairman of IRAWMA poses with journalist Natoya Johnson. The history making 30th IRAWMA anniversary is sponsored by T&T’s number one mobile network, B-Mobile and leading liquor distributor, Angostura; the Hyatt Regency hotel Trinidad, TrinJam Restaurant, and is supported by: The Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism, Ministry of Tourism and Tourism Development Company, Limited (TDC), Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Tobago Department of Tourism (TDT), Citadel, Ltd- Red 96.7 FM, 95.5FM, M.O.R.E. 104.7 FM, IRIE FM RADIO-Jamaica , CVM TV-Jamaica and others to be announced.

IRAWMA goes beyond the realm of simply awarding and acknowledging Reggae/Jamaican music. The celebrated ceremony also continues to recognize the wealth of regional (Caribbean) talent as evidenced by this year’s supreme stock of nominees comprising individuals and acts which represent the Caribbean, African and Latin American Diaspora.

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  1. Excuse me for going off topic:

    this is just a slight plight to Mr Victor Fernandes that consideration be made into the removal the lone gospel station in Barbados from the 97.5 frequency.

    Barbados prides itself on being a relatively morally grounded state. This did not come solely by chance as some may believe. It has been the prays, and wisdom of those who went before us, who have positioned Barbados to be the envy of the region, and the world for that matter.

    Can anyone of us really explain how a 4?4 country could be so prominent on the world stage without divine intervention.

    We in Barbados can not boast of large deposits of oil, gold, bauxite, nor diamonds.

    But most certainly we can boast of our people. Many of people have been bless of God, and we owe a tremendous lot to God.

    Though we do not realize it the laws which govern our society are based almost solely on the teaching of the Christian faith. One only need to look at societies in the eastern sections of the world to see that those who follow other gods are always in turmoil and at war.

    I therefore will plea with Mr. Fernandes to reconsider the removal of Gospel 97.5 station which is loved by both Christians, and non-Christian alike.

    No longer will Barbadians be able to wake to the word, and music of God. No longer will our young children be able to call in on afternoons and express themselves in song, poetry, and general chat, as the door to their beloved station is being closed on them.

    Are we in Barbados willing to forsake God? Do we believe that the society will be better for it? Do we believe that if we follow the almighty dollar and become rich we and those we love will be able to move freely in a deviant society?

    Do we believe that in forgetting God and deviance propagates itself throughout our society that the tourist will come to these shores to be manhandled? Will offshore companies continue to come?

    Mr.Fernandes, you believe in providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world, as a Rotarian. Please do so through the good work your radio station Gospel 97.5 has been doing in changing and maintaining lives in Barbados.

    I thank you Sir.


    To Christians and those who enjoy the programming on 97.5, please buy a fifty cent stamp and send a short note to Mr. Fernandes at Starcom urging him to maintain his good work.


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