• IRAWMA perceives and praises individuals' commitment to reggae and world music
Ghanaian artist, guitarist, keyboardist, maker, recording engineer Kwame Yeboah has been decreed the Instrumentalist of the Year at the 39th version of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).
The famous instrumentalist who is an individual from Osibisa and has worked with achieved artists including Music Maestro Kojo Antwi beat rivalry from Jamaican hand-drummer and percussionist Bongo Herman; Jamaican saxophonist Dean Ivanhoe Fraser; Jamaican team Sly and Robbie; and Kubix to win the honor.
The occasion was hung on May 16, 2021.
Beside Kwame Yeboah, three other Ghanaian showbiz characters won honors. Shatta Wale was pronounced Best Virtual Entertainer of the Year grant, beating Agent Sasco, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer (Verzuz), Buju Banton and Capleton to win the honor.
Rapper Sarkodie beat Beenie Man versus Bounty (Verzuz Battle), Rebel Salute and Reggae Sumfest to win the Best Virtual Showcase/Concert grant for his Black Love Concert which was held in August 2020 at the Black Stars Square.
Adolescent plate jockey DJ Switch additionally won the Best Young Entertainer grant. She beat DJ Whitney, Kailash and Wayne J.
The International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), set up in 1982, recognizes and respects the achievements and commitments of reggae and world music artistes, including lyricists, entertainers, advertisers and artists.
Created by Martin's International, the IRAWMA has been organized in many significant urban communities including Atlanta, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New Orleans, New York just as Port of Spain, Trinidad and both Montego Bay and Ocho Rios in Jamaica.
"The catalyst behind the IRAWMA is its obligation to advancing more prominent cooperation and acknowledgment of Reggae, Caribbean and World Music, globally," coordinators say.
The current year's occasion saw Reggae music legend Ziggy Marley enlisted into the International Reggae and World Music Awards Hall of Fame just as being the beneficiary of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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