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"One Love" finale of RSMA for 2005 - Honoring the Reggae(+ Reggaeton)Soca Music and Artists of the year...
Fi We Grammy !
(CLICK HERE FOR THE WINNER's LIST - see complete nominee list below)
Congratulations to Winsome Charlton and Luther McKenzie along with a dedicated and determined team of people for another, possibly the best yet, ReggaeSoca Music Awards show. It was a night of musical magic made by an amazing combination of today's chart topping artists along with Living Legends who each have long histories of chart topping success. RSMA was hosted by a wonderful and very funny man, Charles Hyatt, along with his regular partner for these awards, broadcaster and actress, Fae Ellington plus a few choice moments with Honorable. The crowd (and future TV - we hope maybe a DVD??) were given a great night.
PART ONE: RSMA Press Reception
The festivities began the night before the ReggaeSoca Music Award show, at the El Palacio Hotel in their Sports Legends Grill. Atop the hotel, the sports bar has a spectacular view looking down on the Calder Horse Race track that is next door to the hotel. The event was a press reception for everyone to meet and mingle as well as pick up credentials for tomorrow night’s main event at the Broward Performing Arts Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
We got thanks to sponsors and attendees along with a welcoming message from RSMA Founder and heart and soul, Winsome “Lady C” Charlton who first presented the award show in 1994. This year’s event marked the 13th outing with one missed year due to the hurricanes that wrecked havoc with South Florida last year. From the start, this has been a BIG entertainment event in the world of Reggae and Soca Music, pulling together great combinations of long time stars and top newcomers for an annual night of awards and often one-of-a-kind performances. There are not many major stars of the genre that have not been involved in one or more shows over the years. This year was to continue that tradition with one of the strongest shows yet but let’s get back to the El Palacio’s sports bar where I got to spend some time talking with Joseph Hill.
Joseph Hill, now in his late 50’s, started a band called Culture, along with Albert Walker and Ken Dayes, back in 1976. Shortly after they began working together, they found themselves with producer Joe Gibbs and engineer Errol Thompson – two roots Reggae legends. At Gibbs’ studio, they recorded their debut called “Two Sevens Clash”. Filled with Hill’s socially conscious lyrics and rich harmonies, this album remains one of the all time classics of Reggae Music – if it is not in your collection, get it – it is a wonderful and powerful set of songs. The three founding members of Culture traveled the Reggae Road together until 1982 when they went their own ways. Joseph Hill took Culture forward on his own, with world touring and numerous successful releases. In 1982, the original line-up got back together and recorded two highly acclaimed albums, “Culture in Culture” and “Culture at Work”. Ken Dayes again left the band in 1992 and was replaced by the lead singer from their backing band, Dub Mystic. They went on to record two excellent studio albums and one of the best live Reggae albums you can find, “Cultural Livity”. 2006 finds Joseph Hill carrying the Culture torch by himself again and doing just fine.
Hill is tall and lean, looking sharp in a casual outfit very suited to the occasion. As we sit and talk, other guests and artists stop by to greet this Living Legend. That’s why he was here, to accept a Living Legend Award at this year’s RSMA. As we talk, I learn that like so many artists, he and the band have often not gotten much but the glory for their efforts. The big paychecks have often gone no further than the record producers and music companies running the show. I asked Joseph about the recent court case where Aston “Familyman” Barrett of the Wailers had sued to get a cut of his band’s royalties from Rita and the Marley Estate. Barrett apparently signed an agreement some years back that gave him a chunk of money to give up his claim to future royalties but whether he fully understood what the agreement was, who knows. The Court ruled against him though and Joseph figured it was just another example of artists being taken advantage of. He also believed that Bob Marley, who in his life was always very generous to all around him, would be very displeased with the treatment of his former bandmates. Hill is not a complainer though by any means and thanks Jah that he is still around, healthy and performing. He does like “raising a little Hell” once in awhile though. Referencing performers like Curtis Mayfield as inspirations, he is very proud to be considered one of the genre’s most important artists along with the likes of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Toots Hibbert and the Burning Spear, Winston Rodney (who got last year’s Reggae Living Legend Award).
As the crowd at the RSMA Press Reception grew, artists like Screwdriver, Jah Cure, Ernest Ranglin, Honorable and others came by to say hello and pose for pictures with Hill. I thanked Joseph for a great talk and wished him luck completing the new recording studio he was building in JA. Then, after picking up my press passes from Winsome Charlton, I headed home for the night, eager to be a part of what was sure to be a magical event the next night at the Broward Performing Arts Center.
May 27, 2006
The 13th Annual REGGAESOCA Music Awards
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
13th Annual RSMA Finalists (CLICK HERE FOR THE WINNER's LIST)
Reggae female vocalist
|Reggae Cultural Artist|
|1. Tanya Stephen||1. Sizzla|
|2. Marcia Griffiths||2. Jah Cure|
|3. Tami Chin||3. Luciano|
|4. JC Lodge||4. Morgan Heritage|
|5. Pam Hall|
|Reggae male vocalist||Reggae Song|
|1.Jah Cure||1. True Reflection- Jah Cure|
|2.Wayne Wonder||2. Welcome to Jam Rock- Junior Gong|
|3. Beres Hammond||3. Pon de replay- Rihanna|
|4. Freddie McGregor||4. Foot Prints- TOK|
|5. Richie Spice||5. Love is- Jah Cure|
6 Hail the King- Fantan Mojah
|Reggae Female DJ||Reggae Album|
|1. Lady Saw||1. Freedom Blues- Jah Cure|
|2. Tanya Stephens||2. Full Circle- Morgan Heritage|
|3. Macka Diamond||3. Coming in Tough- Freddie Mcgregor|
|4. Cecile||4. Lava Ground- I Wayne|
|Reggae Male DJ||Reggae Dancehall Album|
|1. Elephant Man||1. Welcome to Jamrock- Junior Gong|
|2. Sean Paul||2. Trinity- Sean Paul|
|3. Sizzla||3. Outta Road- Kiprich|
|4. Beenie Man||4. Unknown Language- TOK|
|Reggae Group||Reggae New Artiste|
|1. Morgan Heritage||1. Gyptian|
|2. TOK||2. Rihanna|
|3. Voicemail||3. Fantan Mojah|
|4. Left Side and Esco||4. Busy Signal|
|Reggae Combination Song||
Reggae Album (VariousArtiste)
|1.Imagination- Beenie Man & Devonte||1.Drop Leaf|
|2.Wile 2 night- Shaggy & Olivia||2.Reggae Song Bird Volume 2|
|3.Turning me on- Nina Sky & Baby Cham||3.Strictly the Best 34|
|4.Too Bloody- Buju & Anthony Cruz||4.Ice Breaka|
|5.Focus in time- Marcia & Beres|
Reggae Instrumental Album
|1.Reggae Song Of Praise- Dean Fraser||1.DYCR|
|2.Surfin- Ernie Ranglin||2.Malachi Smith|
|3.Breezin- Willie Lindo||3.Mutabaruka|
|4.In Dub Conference- I TEK|
Reggaton Song of the year
|1.Gasolina- Daddy Yankee||1.Rock me Jesus- Carlene Davis|
|2.Oye mi Canto- Daddy Yankee||2.Bridge over troubled water- George Nooks|
|3.Culo- Pit Bull & Delron||3.So much to thank him for- Barbara Jones|
|4.Dale- Don Omar||4.Come go with me- Sheryl Rose Green|
Soca male artiste
Soca new artiste
|2.Machel Montano||2.Elvis White|
|3.Edwin Yearwood||3.Mini Priest|
|4.Bunji Garlin||4.Knycky Cordner|
|Soca group||Soca Song|
|1.Nu Vybes||1.Roll It- Alison Hinds|
|2.Krosfyah||2.Sugar Cane- Edwin Yearwood|
|3.Jam Band||3.Fly- Destra Garcia|
|4.Xtatik||4.Nookie- Jamesy P|
|Soca Female Artiste||Soca Album|
|1.Alison Hinds||1.Always and Forever- Burning Flames|
|2.Destra Garcia||2.The Xtatik Experience- Machel Montano & Xtatik|
|3.Denise Belfon||3.Timeless- Krosfyah|
|4.Claudette Peters||4.Give Thanks- Shurwayne Winchester|
|5.Laventille- Destra Garcia|
|Soca Combination||Soca Album ( Various Artiste)|
|1.Colors- Nathalee & Shontelle||1.Soca Revolution-Slam City|
|2.All Aboard- Edwin Yearwood & Bunji Garlin||2.Soca Gold 2005-VP records|
|3.We Not Giving Up- Machel Montano & Doug E.Fresh||3.Soca Zone 5th Spin-VP records|
|4.The Island- Bunji Garlin & Patrice Roberts||4.Overflow-Underground Music|
(CLICK HERE FOR THE 2005-6 WINNER's LIST)
“Fi We Grammy”
CLICK HERE to go to the report on the 2004 11th Annual ReggaeSoca Music Awards
CLICK HERE to go to the report on the 2003 10th Annual ReggaeSoca Music Awards
On Saturday March 26, 1994; all of these transformed into the very first ReaqaeSoca Music Awards Show "Fi Wi Grammy”; we are still here eleven ReggaeSoca Music Awards productions later, and still reaching higher levels. With their invigorating and sensuous Rhythms, Reggae and Soca Music continually nourishes the mind, body and soul.
Each year the ReggaeSoca Music Awards will reassure this tremendously talented group of people that their talent and well as hard work will be recognized. I say thank you, to all the artists who fill our hearts with joy as we listen to their music in our homes, our churches, cars as well as nightclubs, without whom, none of this would be possible. - Winsome “Lady C” Charlton
| Background / Overview
The Reggaesoca Music Awards was first presented in 1994 by its founder Winsome ‘Lady C’ Charlton at The Bailey Concert Hall in Davie , South Florida . The Awards became a reality after years of deliberation, pondering and due to the lack of recognition for our music in the United States despite its continued popularity.
The ceremony consists of twenty five (25) awards in various categories namely Vocalists, D.J.s, Producers, Albums, Songs, Record Labels, Instrumental, Video and many more. Each year we have special awards for the following:
The Lifetime Achievement award is given for one’s contribution and success over the years. Past recipients include: Willie Lindo, Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake, Vincent & Patricia Chin (VP Records) Harry Moodie, Sonia Pottinger, Sir Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, Sly & Robbie, Sonny Bradshaw and Derrick Morgan
The Living Legend Award is bestowed upon a foundation artist that is still currently contributing to our music. Past Recipients include: Marcia Griffiths, The Mighty Sparrow, Derrick Morgan, Dennis Brown, Bob Andy, Winston ‘King Yellowman’ Foster, Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Leroy Sibbles, Calypso Rose, U-Roy, Singing Francine and Judy Mowatt.
The Louise Bennet Distinction Award is given to an outstanding individual who has excelled in the Arts & Culture and entertainment field – Oliver Samuels.
The Vintage Award is given to a pioneer artiste or group in recognition of their influence in paving the way for our upcoming artistes - Melodians.
Tribute is given each year to an artiste who has moved on to higher heights, namely: Robert (Bob) Marley, Peter Tosh, Jacob (Killer) Miller, Don Drummond, Slim Smith, Garnet Silk, Delroy Wilson and Dennis Brown, Blues Busters, Cynthia Schloss & Wilfred “Jackie” Edwards.
The Reggaesoca Music Awards has maintained its success due to its star studded entertainment, the high percentage of artist attendance, its on time reputation, its undisputable voting system and delivering a world wide quality production with its excellent team of technical experts.
Along with its outstanding array of international artistes, performers also include dancers, dub poetry along with the delightful and incomparable artistry of our Masters of Ceremony Fae Ellington O.D. and Charles Hyatt O.D.
The voting is done by placing ballot boxes in local businesses, hosting voting parties at popular nightclubs, and on-line voting through our website (www.reggaesocamusicawards.com).Along with personnel from the music industry. Final count given by the assigned accountant.
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