KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, has announced that Jamaican music stalwarts, Derrick Morgan, and Kevin ‘Sanchez' Jackson, will be honoured at the Grand Gala on Independence Day, August 6, at the National Stadium.
According to a release, Sanchez and Morgan will be presented with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport’s Music Icon Award for their sterling contribution to the popularity of Jamaican music on the world stage.
“As a nation, it is important that we celebrate the achievements of our troubadours who have worked tirelessly to help put Jamaica on the world map,” Grange said. "We are extremely pleased to honour them as we celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.”
"Derrick Morgan is part of an elite group of artistes who has dominated from the eras of Ska and Rocksteady and continues to make an impact to this day. We must always remember that in 1962 Derrick gave us ‘Forward March’, a song which celebrates a significant milestone in our history, Jamaica’s independence from Britain," the release read.
“Sanchez has a voice that is incomparable. He has remained on top of his game internationally and it is not surprising that he has excelled in both the secular and the gospel arenas," it added.
The presentation of the Jamaica Music Icon Award has become one of the highly anticipated features of the annual Grand Gala.