Thursday, March 18, 2021
The U-Roy Award for Best Male DJ/Rapper will honour the late Godfather of Dancehall, who helped to start the career of early toasters.
A year ago, almost to the date, recording artiste Gem Myers was a guest at the JaRIA Honour Awards, organised by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association. Sitting in the box, she could not resist the urge to rise to her feet once the tribute to honoree Bunny Wailer began. Filled with joy and pride, she danced to his classics such as Ballroom Floor, Cool Runnings, Boderation and Rock N' Groove as they were performed. On that night, she shared with the Jamaica Observer how hearing his music and seeing him being honoured had brought back a flood of memories from her days providing backing vocals for the reggae icon for stage and in studio.
ANDREA Davis, local music industry insider and former manager of veteran reggae artiste Toots Hibbert, is echoing the sentiment of a number of Jamaicans that the late singer's latest Grammy win is bittersweet. Hibbert, who died in September last year, won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album on Sunday for his project Got To Be Tough. This was his second Grammy win; he took home the trophy in 2005 for True Love, and in 2013 he was nominated for Reggae Got Soul.