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Jamaica Observer journalist recognized

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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AS the Jamaica Observer celebrates its 25th anniversary, one of its veteran writers was recognised for his sterling contribution to the Jamaica's Best School Band (JBSB) competition.

Veteran journalist Basil Walters was presented with a plaque by founder/organiser of JBSB Rayven Amani, at the event's quarter-final held inside the Vera Moody Concert Hall of Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in St Andrew recently.

“I feel truly honoured for this recognition. It has been my pleasure giving exposure and building awareness to this commendable and noble initiative. I think you [Rayven Amani] is deserving of some recognition also,” said an elated and surprised Walters.

Walters, popularly known as Ras Bas, has been writing for the Jamaica Observer for 24 of its 25 years. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the BINNS Music Awards in 1995 and 1997, the Jamaica Ocho Rios Press Award (2000), King Omar Legend Award (2009), as well as four awards from the Press Association of Jamaica. He also has a number of awards from the Rotary Club of Spanish Town.

Walters began his career 44 years ago at the now defunct Jamaica Daily News and has also done assignments overseas for the Jamaica Observer, including the Midem '97 Sound of Jamaica Reggae Rocks Cannes in France, and for five years, the annual St Lucia and Barbados Jazz festivals.

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