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JARIA Honour Awards 2012

JARIA Honour Awards 2012

JARIA Honour Awards 2012

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The ceremony took place on February 25th at Emancipation Park during Reggae month.

JARIA Honour AwardsJARIA in association with the Jamaica Tourist Board and the Chase Fund presented the JARIA Honour Awards 2012 which was held at the Emancipation Park. The red carpet affair honoured several key personnel who have made their mark in the progression of reggae music. Among some of the awards were: Sound System – Tom The Great Sebastian, Engineers – Philip Smart & Errol Brown, Songwriter – Bob Andy and Artiste of the Year – Romain Virgo. Veteran road manager Copeland Forbes who will shortly be celebrating 50 years in the music business received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Clement  “Sir Coxone” Dodd and Duke Reid were given awards in the Producer category.

The event was well attended and attracted several persons from the music fraternity and also key players from France’s reggae industry. Backed by the JARIA Orchestra and band, the audience was treated to performances by Freddie McGregor, Kenyatta Hill, Tristan Palmer, Mary Isaacs and an impromptu performance by Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths.

Spirits were a bit dampened however when news circulated the following day that Okeene Brevett, who collected an award on behalf of his ailing father Lloyd Brevett of the Skatalites, was gunned down later on that night.

Check the awardees full list.

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