Buju Banton to be honoured at JaRIA Awards

Buju Banton is among a number of reggae stalwarts who will be recognised at this year’s staging of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards ceremony.

Buju Banton

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on February 25 at the Little Theatre in St. Andrew.

“Performers, songwriters, administrators and producers will all be honoured,” said Minister of Culture and Entertainment Olivia Grange, at a recent JIS Think Tank.

Minister of Culture and Entertainment, Olivia Grange

Award recipients will include Dean Fraser, Shabba Ranks, Lady G, Buju Banton, Orville “Xpressionz” Hall, Elise Kelly, Chevelle Franklin, and Philip “Fatis” Burrell, who will be honoured posthumously.

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Dean Fraser will be honoured at this years’s JARIA Awards

President of the JaRIA, Ewan Thompson, said that the Awards, which is a signature event for Reggae Month, “aims to bring out magical moments in history”.

He said one of the features of the ceremony will be a 30-piece reggae orchestra.

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Shabba Ranks will be honoured at the JARIA awards

“Come enjoy great interpretations of our own music. Come see us honour our colleagues and our friends,” Mr. Thompson said.

Other activities organised by JaRIA for Reggae Month are Reggae Wednesdays at Emancipation Park and Reggae University, which will be held every Thursday in collaboration with other institutions.

The first Reggae University will be held on February 6 at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road, St. Andrew.

The annual Reggae Month event will honour persons who have contributed to the growth and development of reggae music.

Reggae Month is being celebrated under the theme ‘Come Ketch de Riddim’.