Honouring music royalty at Kings Theatre

Saturday, October 07, 2017

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TWO stalwarts of Caribbean music were recognised for their outstanding careers last Saturday in Brooklyn, New York at the IED International Awards.

Marcia Griffiths, celebrating over 50 years in the entertainment business, received the Icon Award. The Mighty Sparrow, the legendary Trinidadian calypsonian, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Griffiths, who continues to record and tour, was one of the evening's performers. The 82-year-old Sparrow, who has had health challenges in recent years, did not attend.

The event's fifth staging, organised by IED CEO and founder Madonna Williams, took place at Kings Theatre. It was well-supported by the Jamaican community in the New York City borough which has had a large West Indian population for over 40 years.

Another artiste acknowledged for a fruitful career was London-born singer Maxi Priest who received the International Music Award. Priest also attended the show which was co-hosted by Shaggy and Tara Wallace of VH1's Love & Hip Hop New York.

Williams, a Jamaican, honoured entertainers as well as persons who have contributed to the West Indian community in the United States.

Rap Artist Award went to Rah Digga, while soul singer Melisa Morgan received the Image Award. D'Angel took the Empowerment Award.

Other honourees were: Attorney Rebecca (Freedman Humanitarian Award); Attorney Glenn Garber (Humanitarian Award); Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (Community Award); Brooklyn Barrel resident Eric Adams; Roy “DJ Roy” Walters (Media Award); Dr. Dexter McKenzie (Humanitarian Award).

— Howard Campbell




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