The 28th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA)
The 28th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) ceremony will occur at York College Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York on Sunday, May 3, 2009.
Performing live will be critically acclaimed artists Beenie Man, Queen Ifrica, Cocoa Tea, Mighty Sparrow, Alison Hinds, Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser, Calypso Rose, Tony Rebel, Gramps Morgan, Lt. Stitchie, Awilo-Soukous Band, Barbee, Mutabaruka, D'Angel and Duane Stephenson.
Dancehall deejay Mavado ("I'm So Special") leads the pack with nominations in eight categories. He is followed by Beres Hammond and Elephant Man with seven nominations, while Etana and Queen Ifrica each received five nominations, and Mr. Vegas has four.
Other nominees include Shaggy, Machel Montano,Morgan Heritage, Duane Stephenson, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Wyclef Jean, Serani,Jazmine Sullivan, Luciano, Tony Rebel, Tarrus Riley and Stitchie, among others.
Launch parties for the IRAWMA took place in February, at the Hilton, in New Kingston, Jamaica, hosted by Headline Entertainment, and in March at BLVD club in Manhattan, New York, hosted by Rhona Fox Inc.
"We are very pleased with the response and the respect that IRAWMA has been getting," states Ephraim Martin, President of Martin's International and Associates also known a Martin's Inter-culture, who conceptualized this awards' ceremony and guided it to fruition 28 years ago.
Tickets for this celebration of reggae and world music are now on sale at ticketmaster.com and directly from IRAWMA at 877-9-REGGAE, as well as from the York College Performing Arts Center box office at 718-262-2840.