Top Reggae, Soca Acts To Descend On Queens, NY


CaribWorldNews, QUEENS, NY, Fri. April 30, 2010: Southeast Queens, New York is set to come alive with the music of the Caribbean this weekend, as reggae and soca takes center stage at the 29th annual International Reggae & World Music Awards.

Sean Paul, Machel Montano, Julian Marley, Gramps Morgan, Queen Ifrica and Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Alison Hinds, Barbee, Dean Fraser, the New Kingston Band, Mutabaruka, and Brigadier Jerry are among the nominees and scheduled performers for the event, set for Sunday, May 2 at York College Performing Arts Center, at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd in Jamaica, New York.

Montano has received five nominations this year while Sean Paul, Julian `Ju Ju` Marley and Macka Diamond have each received four nods each. Barbee, Beenieman and Vybz Kartel each have three nominations.

However, neither Bennieman nor Kartel will be in attendance since both no longer have visas to fly to the U.S.

Meanwhile, Taurus Riley`s third album, Contagious, is up for `Best Album/CD` and his single, `Good Girl Gone Bad` a duet with Konshens received a `Best Song` nod. Tarrus is also up for `Entertainer of the Year,` `Best Male Vocalist` `Recording Artist of the Year`, and `Most Culture/Educational Entertainer.`

Reggae veteran Freddie McGregor is nominated for `Most Consistent Entertainer,` while his sons Stephen has been nominated for Producer of the Year) and Chino for Most Improved Entertainer.

Daville, son of Jah Thomas, is nominated for `Best Male Vocalist` while  Junior Reid`s sons, Andrew and Wadada Blood have received a nod in `Most Improved Entertainer.`

Femi Kuti, son of Nigerian legend Fela Kuti, has been nominated for the `Best African Entertainer.`

In addition to accolades to Reggae music, the IRAWMAs recognizes artists in Gospel, Salsa, Latin, Reggaeton, Calypso, Soca, African, Soukous, Compas, Racine and Hip Hop.

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