Excitement builds in Trinidad & Tobago as IRAWMA “Text to Vote” campaign kicks off

As the online voting period for nominees in the 30th anniversary of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) has come to an end, telecommunications network Bmobile has continued the voting frenzy by introducing a ‘Text to Vote’ promotion for 7 special IRAWMA categories.

Famed Jamaican Band; Third World - Fans from Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean can text their votes to 7622 while North American fans (US and Canada) can text-vote to 78247

The 2 week promotion goes from Wednesday 11th May 2011 at 8:00am to Wednesday 25th May 2011 at 11:59pm and gives local, regional and international music fans the opportunity to vote for their choice in 2010’s top Caribbean artistes and bands via texting particular keywords to specific numbers.

From Left - Rita Jones, Blaxx and Olatunji Yearwood of the Roy Cape Allstars

These categories and their respective keywords are as follows:

1.      Best Male Calypso/Soca Entertainer

  • Machel Montano – MM
  • JW and Blaze – JWB
  • Kes Diffenthaler – KES
  • Shurwayne Winchester – SWIN
  • Skinny Fabulous (St. Vincent) – SFAB
  • Blaax – BLX

2.      Best Female Calypso/Soca Entertainer

  • Allison Hinds – AH
  • Calypso Rose – CR
  • Patrice Roberts – PR
  • Faye-Ann Lyons-Alvarez – FAY
  • Destra – DG
  • Denise Belfon – DB

3.      Best Caribbean Entertainer

  • Sly and Robbie (Jamaica) – SLYR
  • Machel Montano (Trinidad & Tobago) – MMHD
  • § Third World (Jamaica) – TW
  • Damien Marley – DM
  • Shaggy – SHA

4.      Best Chutney Entertainer

  • Rikki Jai – JAI
  • Soca Elvis – ELV
  • Moses Charles – MOS
  • Ravi B and Karma – RAVI
  • Hunter – HTR
  • Heeralal Rampartap – HRA

5.       Best Pan Side

LH Pan Groove (Single pan band)    LH

Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars     ALL

PCS Silver Stars                                  PCS

Arima Golden Symphony                AGS

Catzenjammers (Tobago)                    CATZ

6. Best Chutney Band:

Dil-E-Nadan                     DEN

JMC 3veni                         JMC

Karma                               KAR

Mellobugz                         MEL

T&TEC Gayatones           TTEC

BMRZ                               BMRZ

7. Best Soca Band:

Roy Cape & Kaiso All Stars                     ROY

Bunji & Asylum Band                              ASY

KES The Band                                          KEB

Shurwayne Winchester & Y.O.U             SHUR

Imij & Company                                       IMIJ

HD Family                                                HDF

Fans from Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean can text their votes to 7622 while North American fans (US and Canada) can text-vote to 78247.

Soca-Chutney crossover band Dil-E-Nadan

The IRAWMA is set to be an evening of fantastic music, scintillating performances and will feature a fine collection of global music industry professionals gathering in camaraderie and mutual respect. This evening of stars and celebration takes place on May 28th 2011 at the National Academy for Performing Arts in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

For information on IRAWMA log onto www.irawma.com or call 312-427-0266 (North America) OR 868-475-1000 (Caribbean).

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