Saturday 23 February, 2019

Ministry of Culture endorses IRAWMA

Olivia Grange

Olivia Grange

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange has endorsed the 37th International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) which will be held in Kingston on May 11 at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

In a letter to Ephraim Martin, the executive producer of the IRAWMA show, Grange said, “With the recent designation by UNESCO of reggae as an 'intangible cultural heritage of Jamaica' and Kingston as a 'Creative City of Music', having this event in Kingston is all the more important.”

The Minister further stated “The IRAWMA show ideally satisfies both UNESCO designations, while also honouring the artistes of reggae, benefitting the creative practitioners in the industry and spotlighting the birthplace of the music. These are some of our key messages on reggae.”

Martin expressed how grateful he was for the very important endorsement.

“It was just heartwarming to receive such a letter, it just reinforces in my mind how important what an event like this is to the reggae community and I feel blessed and grateful that I’ve been able to continue this journey over these years,” he said.

This year’s International Reggae and World Music Awards celebrates fifty years of reggae from 1968/69 to the present.

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