Modern Connection with Dancehall singer Courtney Melody

Courtney Melody’s Modern Girl (1989) is heralded as one of the best dancehall albums ever recorded in Jamaica.  Listen to the mix of Melody’s hits plus a segment of modern one-drop reggae powered by Highlanda as featured live on the Reggae Vault Classics show.

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The 2009 IRAWMA Honors the Best in Caribbean & World Music

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IRAWMA Finale

The 2009 IRAWMA saw a star-studded affair at the York College
Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York on Sunday, May 3, 2009.

– Photography by Khayyam Pitts –

Rainy weather and cold temps did not put a damper on the 28th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards, which took place at the state-of-the-art York College Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York on Sunday, May 3, 2009.

Celebrities filed into the venue hours before the show began, to walk the red carpet and give media their undivided attention. Then the curtains went up and the show was first emceed by Copeland Forbes, pinch hitting for Tony Rebel, who later turned up to take over his hosting duties.

The audience was entertained all night with exciting performances from some of the top names in Caribbean music, including Tarrus Riley, Calypso Rose, Beenie Man, Machel Montano, Alison Hinds,Tony Rebel, D’Angel, Gramps Morgan, Duane Stephenson and Barbee, all backed by the Dean Fraser Band.

The awards presentation saw some funny moments as fans screamed their choices and awardees teased each other. Beres Hammond, Mavado, Machel Montano, Queen Ifrica and Etana all walked away with two trophies each. Tarrus Riley won “Best Male Vocalist,” Beenie Man took away the “Best Male Deejay” prize, Alison Hinds scored “Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer,” Stephen McGregor nabbed “Producer of the Year,” and Shaggy was honored with the “Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award.”

“I first want to extend a note of thanks to each and everyone for your hard work,” stated Ephraim Martin, president of Martin’s International & Associates and producer of the IRAWMA. “I value and appreciate all of your hard work and effort in making the 28th IRAWMA a success.” As the curtains closed on the 28th IRAWMA, everyone present at the awards applauded, paying respect to one of the longest running awards ceremony in the world that honors reggae and world beat music.

2009 IRAWMA Winners

Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year
Beres Hammond

Recording Artist of the Year
Mavado

Best Male Vocalist
Tarrus Riley

Best Female Vocalist
Queen Ifrica & Etana (TIE)

Best Song
Mavado – “So Special”

Best Album
Etana – Strong One

Best Crossover Song
John Legend & Buju – “Can’t Be My Lover”

Best Gospel Song
Stitchie & Elephant Man – “What A Mighty God”

Best Female D.J./Rapper
Queen Ifrica

Best Male D.J./Rapper
Beenie Man

Best New Entertainer
Serani

Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer
Alison Hinds

Best Reggaeton Entertainer
Daddy Yankee

Best Latin Entertainer
Shakira

Best Compas Entertainer
Nu-Look

Best African Entertainer
Alpha Blondy

Best Soukous Entertainer
Awilo Longomba

Best Hip Hop/R&B Entertainer
Lil Wayne

Outstanding Contribution to World Music
Wyclef Jean

Most Outstanding Stage Personality
Machel Mantano

Best Music Video
Stephen & Damian Marley – “The Mission”

Best Poet
Mutabaruka

Most Educational Entertainer
Morgan Heritage

Most Outstanding Show Band
Machel & HD Band

Most Consistent Entertainer
Calypso Rose

Most Promising Entertainer
Lutan Fyah

Most Improved Entertainer
Tanya Mullings

Best Instrumentalist
Dean Fraser

Best Backing Band
New Kingston Band

Most Popular Selector
Stone Love

Concert of the Year
Irie Jamboree

Promoter of the Year
Sumfest

Producer of the Year
Steven McGregor

Songwriter of the Year
Beres Hammond

Award for Spiritual Service through Music
Lutan Fyah

Community Service Award
Ziggy Marley, U.R.G.E.

Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award
Shaggy

Best Song in Tribute to Barack Obama
Cocoa Tea – “Barack Obama”

SPECIAL: Int’l Reggae & World Music Hall of Fame/Lifetime Inductee
Clive Hunt, King Short Shirt, Sweet Honey in the Rock

SPECIAL: Master of the Caribbean Award
Mighty Sparrow

SPECIAL: Martin’s International/Inter-Culture Award of Honor
Granville Straker

SPECIAL: Award for Contributions to Music, Arts & Culture
Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange
SPECIAL: Producer’s “Respect” Award
Usain Bolt
SPECIAL: Awards of Appreciation for Contributions to Music Industry
Owen Dalhouse, Brigadier Jerry, Road Int’l, Heavy D

For more information, please log on to www.irawma.com
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More people listen to dancehall now

On this week’s show we feature more new music of course and yes, more people are listening.  Check the playlist below and here’s the direct link to the new show. You can right-click and Save As to download the file, or just left-click to listen now: http://stuff.highlanda.net/rss/podcast/s2/Dancehall_Now_Episode_3.mp3

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Dancehall Now Episode 3
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 5:08 AM

1   Need You Bad – Jazmine Sullivan
2   Jail – Busy Signal
3   Real Jamaican – Mykal Rose featuring Busy Signal
4   Me Nuh Give a – Timberlee
5   Gal dem tired – Buju Banton
6   Gal A You – Demarco
7   Hand up – Determine
8   Style Dem – General B
9   Know Long Time – Zebra
10  Love LockDown – Kanye West
11  So Special – Mavado
12  Kill Dem All – Bounty Killer
13  I Can Feel Your Pain – Gyptian
14  In Your Eyes – Sanchez
15  She Loves Me – Serani
16  The Mission – Stephen Marley featuring Damian Marley
17  We Need Barack – Mavado featuting Barack Obama
18  Nuh Linga – Elephant Man
19  Long Distance Girlfriend – Heavy D
20  Money Fi Spend – Vybes Kartel
21  Keep It To Yourself – Queen Ifrica
22  The Way You Make Me Feel – Serani
23  Street Life – K, Salaam featuring Trey Songz & Buju Banton
24  100 Stab – Aidonia
25  Tic Toc – Busy Signal
26  I Feel Good – Beres Hammond
27  Barack Obama – Cocoa Tea

Heavy D Releases Hit Reggae Album

Legendary Hip Hop Artist Embraced By Old Fans And New; Scores #2 iTunes Reggae Album Chart Spot

Legendary Heavy D, (Dwight Myers) has found himself with one of the country’s hottest new reggae albums, Vibes. Hev’s new album currently owns the #2 spot on the iTunes Reggae chart.

Propelled by the top-requested single and digital favorite, Long Distance Girlfriend, the album has become a mainstay of Reggae playlists after only a month of release. Currently, the new album is available in digital-only format. The physical album will be released on December 16th across the U.S.

The versatile Heavy D is known as one of hip hop’s most palatable and gregarious rap artists. On Vibes he has reignited his reggae pedigree on his latest and long awaited offering. Born in Jamaica, his family moved to Mount Vernon, NY when he was 8, but the charismatic artist has always seasoned his music with a peppering of reggae influences. Keeping busy the past decade with an array of production chores and an impressive acting resume, he was determined to clear the deck long enough to hit the studio and create music that would combine his noted production heft with the influential reggae rhythms he grew up loving. “Reggae’s the first music I ever experienced,” says Hev.

“I’ve always mixed reggae and hip hop. But I came to a point where I felt I had put the exclamation mark on my hip hop career. I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to transfer the love, respect and passion I have for hip hop and reggae into my latest musical endeavor.”

Hev took great pains to imbue the album with an up-to-the-minute currency, but also anchors it with the kind of riveting authenticity that he has experience in his past collaborations with reggae giants such as
Super Cat, Buju Banton, Josey Wales and others.

“You can’t fake this stuff,” says Hev. “I learned a long time ago you go with the music that’s in your heart or you don’t go at all.”

Long Distance Girlfriend is the kind of nimble, horn-filled sonnet that grabs both avid reggae aficionados and mainstream music fans. Flexing his trademark repertoire of danceable rhythms, including the occasional ‘Hev-mastered’ signature hip hop beat (and even ska influences), songs such as Love You Like This, featuring Barrington Levy, and the soaring Queen Majesty, round out the hit album, with Hev’s relaxed, confident manner shining through on every track.

Also proud of the role he’s played for several years now as a self proclaimed ‘stay-at-home-dad,’ Hev cites the full spectrum of experiences that have shaped his life as motivation for Vibes.

“I’ve been blessed with family and work,” he says. “I’m an artist by birth. When I reached for inspiration to make sure this album flowed with the kind of organic spirit I felt for this music – it was there. You can’t ask for any more than that.”

Source: http://music.dubandreggae.com