August 10, 2022

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Jimmy Cliff Amongst Honorees for Jamaica Music Expertise Awards

[New York, NY] – Legendary vocalist James Chambers-popularly generally known as Jimmy Cliff, together with Lloyd “Choose Diamond” Ferguson of The Mighty Diamonds and the late Frederick “Toots” Hibbert are among the many artists from the Jamaican music trade who will likely be honored on the Second Annual Jamaica Music Expertise (J.A.M.E.) and True Tribute Awards on Saturday September 10 in New York.

The occasion will happen on the Adelphi College Performing Arts Heart in Backyard Metropolis.  Will likely be introduced by the True Tribute Group, based and headed by common musician and educator, LeRoy Graham Jr.

Jimmy Cliff

Celebrating Heritage by means of Music

Based on Graham, The J.A.M.E. and True Tribute Awards is a novel celebration of Jamaica’s tradition.  Encompassing the historical past and growth inside the music trade and past. It commemorates the achievements of Jamaicans previous and current.  Highlighting their dedication and pioneering efforts to share Jamaica’s cultural heritage and musical legacy with the world. The occasion additionally raises funds and consciousness for a number of schooling tasks in Jamaica and the USA.  Tasks developed by means of the True Tribute Group Basis.

“Our inaugural presentation came about in 2018,” says Graham. “Nonetheless, as a result of COVID pandemic we now have been unable to host the occasion for the previous few years. So we’re titling this 12 months’s occasion the Second Annual presentation.   Though in reality a number of years have handed because the first.”

Jamaica Music Experience - Toots Hibbert
TOOTS HIBBERT -Picture credit score – Douglas Mason -Getty Photographs

Jamaica Music Expertise (J.A.M.E.) Honorees

This 12 months’s checklist of honorees consists of a number of the hottest and recognizable names.   Many related to the Jamaican music trade over many a long time.  It’s divided into three classes – Entertainers, Radio Personalities and Posthumous Awards. A fourth class, the Group Management Awards, will honor Jamaicans from the Diaspora who’re actively working to doc and promote Jamaica’s music and tradition.

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Along with Cliff and Ferguson, honorees within the Leisure class embody Derrick Morgan and Johnny Osborne.  All of whom will obtain Lifetime Achievement Awards.  In addition to Beverly Kelso, the one feminine member of the unique Wailers.  Additionally, Doreen Schafer, a pioneer feminine vocalist with the Skatalites.

Among the many Radio Personalities to be honored are Ken Williams and Conroy Allison.  Whereas the Posthumous Music Award honorees alongside Toots Hibbert embody Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Cecil “Sonny” Bradshaw and veteran file producer Sonia Pottinger.

The Mighty Diamonds
The Mighty Diamonds

Jamaica Music Expertise (J.A.M.E.) Tribute Awards

This 12 months’s roll of honor for the Group Management Awards consists of Faye and Karl Rodney.  Founders and editors of Carib Information.  Lesleyann Samuel- President of the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA).   Additionally, Michael R Duncan – President of The Common Negro Enchancment Affiliation and Africa Communities League (UNIA-ACL).  Graham believes that this 12 months’s checklist of honorees is a wonderful illustration of the caliber of people and entities he sought to acknowledge when he first launched in 2014.

“Our mandate is to acknowledge, protect and proceed the achievements of Jamaican foundational musicians and pioneers, who really embody Jamaica’s wealthy music and cultural legacies. These people have exhibited an indomitable spirit and fortitude to beat large obstacles in pursuit of sustainable progress and have positively influenced society by means of their dedication, character and ideas throughout their lives.”

He believes it’s particularly essential that the group tries to honor people throughout their lifetime, whereas they’re nonetheless round to understand the accolades.

“Simply in April we misplaced not one, however two members of the unbelievable Mighty Diamonds- Donald ‘Tabby’ Shaw and Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson. It’s due to this fact most becoming that we honor the final surviving member Lloyd Ferguson in individual at this 12 months’s ceremony. Relating to Toots, he was slated to be honored   at our inaugural occasion in 2018, however couldn’t make it. We agreed that we might do it the next 12 months however COVID intervened, after which, sadly, we misplaced him. So we at TTO consider there isn’t a higher time than the current to acknowledge as many of those excellent people as we probably can in any given 12 months.”

What’s to Come

Graham is promising a glittering and thrilling musical presentation on awards evening in September, which is why the present is being launched so nicely upfront.

LeRoy Graham Jr.
LeRoy Graham Jr

“We will likely be utilizing the summer season to advertise the occasion, improve public consciousness and pleasure.  And naturally purchase our occasion sponsors. We’re happy to announce that two have already confirmed their participation – VP Information, unique sponsors from our inaugural occasion in 2018, and IMC Media. As for the night itself, it will likely be one to recollect as you may anticipate, particularly within the 60th Anniversary 12 months of Jamaica’s independence. We will likely be honoring our nation’s cultural historical past with music and motion in a really main method. Extra particulars will observe, so keep tuned.”