Anthony Malvo to receive Lifetime Achievement Award in Atlanta
Anthony Malvo

Singer Anthony Malvo will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the second staging of the annual Caribbean Community Awards scheduled to take place this Saturday in Lithonia, Georgia, USA.

The Kingston-born singer began his career in the early 1980s by honing his skills on the Black Star Sound System. He later moved on to work with the legendary Jamaican producer and sound system operator Lloyd ‘King Jammys’ James.

In 1989, Anthony Malvo made his breakthrough with the monster hit single titled ‘Come Back To Me’ featuring Tiger on the Techniques label. He quickly followed up with several other hits including ‘Can You Stop the Rain’, ‘Ready or Not’, ‘If I Ever Fall’, ‘Smoking Sensi’ featuring Josie Wales, and ‘Greatest Gal Lover’ featuring Daddy Lizard.

In the early 1990s he partnered with reggae singer Anthony Red Rose to launch the ‘How Yu Fi Say Dat’ label. The label is best known for producing the Quarter to Twelve rhythm which spawned hits such as ‘Quarter to Twelve’ by Simpleton, ‘Done Wife’ by Mad Cobra and ‘Peanut Punch’ by Fabi Dolly.

Malvo launched another label in 1999 called Real Music Production. Under this imprint, he produced songs for the likes of Buju Banton, Glen Washington, Capleton, and Bushman.

“This is truly a blessing. I feel honored to receive a lifetime achievement award, it is a testament to all the work I have done in the music business over the past 40 years. Receiving an honor like this inspires and motivates me to continue doing the work that I do in the reggae music industry as a singer and producer,” said Malvo.

Last year the veteran entertainer celebrated his 40th year in music with the release of his fourth album, the 12-track Matured. The album was produced for Real Music Production.

In addition to Malvo, some of the other recipients at this year’s staging of the Caribbean Community Awards are entertainers Denroy Morgan and Gramps Morgan, and former national football coaches Wendell Downswell and Carl Brown.

KEVIN JACKSON , Observer writer

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