Fresh off of being the first female solo artiste to win a Reggae Grammy award, Koffee is already in the position for even more winning. The reggae princess has been nominated for nine International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).
Only Buju Banton with eleven nominations has more than Koffee. In fact, the “Toast” singer has 5 more nominations than the king of the dancehall, Vybz Kartel.
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Busy Signal and Sean Paul also have multiple nominations with four each.
“This year, you’re gonna see people who have made contribution to the industry but have been overlooked over the years. The Grammy may have one category for reggae but the Grammy’s is not the reggae awards. This is the Grammy for the reggae music industry,” Ephraim Martin, IRAWMA founder told 18 Karat Reggae.
Nominee for the Best Male Artiste are Buju Banton, Dexter Daps, Masicka, Popcaan, and Vybz Kartel. The female category has D’Angel, Shenseea, Spice, Tanya Stephen and Jada Kingdom.
A new category, Best Dancehall Stagecraft Entertainer, was added this year. Its nominees are Buju Banton, Elephant Man, Ravers Clavers, Spice, and Tommy Lee Sparta.
Martin said he was pleased with the support the 38-year-old event is receiving.
“It’s our second time in Kingston and the support seems to be very good. It could be further, but I’m pleased we’re keeping it going. We have over three-quarter million people participating… not even the Grammy can get that amount of people to vote. When people take time out, entertainers and others, to support it and be a part of it, its amazing.” he said. “Our objective is to have it televised in every country, where these countries would have the rights to televise. So were expecting it in the near future to have it in all the countries.”
The occasion also saw performances from Ashe, Papa Michigan, Bongo Herman, and Dennis AL Capone.
Established in 1982, IRAWMA acknowledges the accomplishments and contributions of reggae and world music artistes, songwriters, performers, and promoters. Voting is open to the public on the IRAWMA’s official website.