JaRIA to honour 25

Sunday, February 03, 2019

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Twenty-Five Jamaican artistes and organisations are set to receive Honour Awards from the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) at its annual ceremony set for March 5 at the Little Theatre in St Andrew.

Among the top awardees this year are ska and rocksteady pioneer Derrick Morgan, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement award for his dedication to the music industry. The 78-year-old Morgan first made his intentions as an entertainer known in 1957 through the popular talent competition Vere Johns Opportunity Hour. Two years later he was recording music for the popular producer Duke Reid and the Treasure Isle label. Among his hits are Housewife's Choice recording with Patsy Todd; Forward March, Don't Call Me Daddy, Tougher Than Tough, The Conqueror and Rudies Don't Fear. Morgan is also the father to popular reggae singer Queen Ifrica.

Also set to be recognised are producer Donovan Germain, who will be awarded for his extraordinary impact on the reggae industry through mentorship. Dave Kelly and Winston Riley will receive the JaRIA award for their contribution to the music in their capacity as producers, while hornsmen Lester Sterling and Felix “Deadly Headley” Bennett will be honoured for their work as musicians. Singer Tanya Stephens will be recognised for her work as a songwriter.

Icon of the music will also be highlighted by JaRIA. This year Derrick Harriot and Eric Donalson will take home the honour in the male category; Grace Jones for the females and the I-Three — Marcia Griffiths, Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt — will receive for duo or group.

Popular backing band, Ruff Kutt, will be recognised for its contribution to the reggae industry. In the gospel category, Sandra Brooks and George Nooks are this year's awardees.

The local sound system industry is not being left out and this year Saxon Sound System and Renaissance will be acknowledged for their impact on the reggae industry. Engineers Delroy “Fatta” Pottinger and Noel Hearne will also receive awards. Entertainment journalist Anthony Miller will be recognised for his contribution to the music via his work in the media. Deejay Capleton will receive an award on behalf of his team which promotes the annual charity stage show A St Mary Mi Come From, while Harry Johnson and Lloyd Carmers will be honoured posthumously for their contribution to the reggae industry.

This year a new category has been created, the Gregory Isaacs Foundation Award. This will recognise an individual who has made an impact in dance, fashion or a sound system selector. An interest album cover design may also be considered for this award. Selector Jah Screw is the winner of this inaugural award.

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