Thursday 20 September, 2018

Irie FM rewards Bunny Wailer with Lifetime Achievement Award

Neville O'Reilly Livingstone, popularly known as 'Bunny Wailer', receiving the Order of Merit from Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, at King's House last October.

Neville O'Reilly Livingstone, popularly known as 'Bunny Wailer', receiving the Order of Merit from Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, at King's House last October.

Reggae icon, Bunny Wailer, was rewarded for decades of dedication to his musical craft with the Irie FM Lifetime Achievement Award recently, which was presented to him at the Bournemouth Beach Complex in Kingston.

Christened Neville O'Riley Livingston, ‘Jah B’, as he is also affectionately known, is the second recipient of the award, as he follows another longstanding reggae icon, James Chambers, more popularly known in the reggae industry as Jimmy Cliff, who got the inaugural award last year.

The radio station will present the award each year in February, during Reggae Month, and Bunny Wailer was selected by the awards panel, as he exemplifies the criteria of being a Jamaican whose body of work demonstrates outstanding and exceptional leadership, dedication and achievement nationally and internationally, as well as showing exceptional leadership in terms of the industry’s advancement.

The IRIE FM Lifetime Achievement Award also recognises Bunny Wailer for being a Jamaican who has dedicated his life to a worthy cause or given to his community in a major way.

It is the latest of a number of awards that Bunny Wailer has gotten in recent months, with the Jamaica Government, in October, conferring him with the Order of Merit, the nation's fourth highest honour, at King's House in St Andrew.

The presentation to Bunny Wailer was part of an all-day, fun-filled event, which had a long list of entertainers paying tribute to the guest of honour. This included Daddy U-Roy, Bob Andy, Dwight Pinkney; his son Asadenaki; his daughter Cen C Love; Blvk H3ro; and Duane Stephenson.

Philip Paulwell, Member of Parliament ()MP) for the Eastern Kingston and Port Royal constituency in which the event was held, as well as Kingston Mayor, Delroy Williams, also honoured Bunny Wailer with speeches.

Ministers of Government, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, who is responsible for the Ministry of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sports; and Mike Henry, in charge of the Ministry of Transport and Mining and a longtime cultural and Rastafarian exponent, sent messages which were read at the eventy.