NEW YORK, NY – April 18, 2006 – Grammy Award winning recording artist Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, will grace the stage for the 25th Silver Anniversary of The International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) [http://www.irawma.com] announced Chicago based event producers Martin’s Inter-Culture Ltd. and associates today.
Nominated for six awards, the youngest son of music icon Bob Marley reached extraordinary heights with “Welcome To Jamrock” (Universal Records), of which he will perform at the prestigious event held this year at The World Famous Apollo Theatre, 253 West 125 Street, New York, New York, Saturday, May 6th, commencing at 8:00PM for general admission and 7:00PM for V.I.P attendees. Tickets are available from Apollo Theatre Box Office telephone (212) 531-5305 and all Ticketmaster outlets (www.ticketmaster.com) telephone (212) 307-7171.
Marley will be joined by an elite roster of performing artist’s for this made-for-TV event to be distributed by international television syndication company KHEMETCOM Entertainment, Inc., headed by Michelle K. Thomas. Performers also include: Jamaica’s foremost dancehall DJ and Grammy winner Beenie Man, the incomparable Alton Ellis (Lifetime Award recipient) celebrating 50 years in the business, Calypso/Soca star Machel Montano, former I-Three’s vocalist Marcia Griffiths, top female DJ Macka Diamond; together with Tami Chynn, Gyptian, Half Pint, Mutabaruka, The Specialist & Lyrical Don, Ruff Stuff Band, Benny Bwoy “Jewmacian” the phenomenal and outstanding Jewish Reggae entertainer among many others.
The IRAWMA annually honors the very best in Reggae and World Beat Music with the staging of this popular event. Over one hundred and fifty entertainers and music industry professionals were nominated and selected for special awards by music industry experts from around the globe. Among the leading nominees for 2006 are: Elephant Man, with 8 nominations, Damian Marley and Sean Paul (6), Beenie Man and Jah Cure (5), with I Wayne, T.O.K, Luciano and Gyptian, garnering four nominations. Other reggae and world music nominees include: Akon, Sly and Robbie, Freddy McGregor, Buju Banton, Sizzla, Kanye West, Shaggy, Toots and the Maytals, Beres Hammond, Dean Fraser, Ernie Ranglin, Carlene Davis, Third World, Burning Spear, among others. Visit the IRAWMA website: www.irawma.com for a full list of nominees, special awards, IRAWMA Hall of Fame recipients and sponsorship information.
Event sponsors are: Air Jamaica, Coco Cola, Radio One, Gleaner/Star-NA, MoneyGram, Linkup Media, Caribbean Life Magazine, Hoy Newspaper, CVM Television, NY Liberty Star Newspaper, The Crossover Radio, IrieJam Media, Talk with Marie-93.5 FM, DJ Steve’s Tax Services Inc., Dennis Shipping, WPSC FM, CME-WLIB, Sam’s Caribbean Market Place, IrieJam Media, R5 Radio and WhereItzat Magazine, among others.
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