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Macka Diamond is the Proud Recipient of an IRAWMA!

MackaShowOffAward%20-%20IRAWMA%202011.jpgMacka Diamond is the proud recipient of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) Best Female International Rapper/DJ for 2011. The Dancehall artiste (who also wears the hat of that of Author and Actress) is overwhelmed and said “even though there were indicators that I could have won, I simply did not think about it and so it took me completely by surprise.” A pleasant surprise it must have been for Macka who also performed her popular Hoola Hoop and Cow Foot tracks to a very receptive audience at the awards.

The International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) celebrated its 30th year last weekend May 28th, 2011 at the National Academy of the Performing Arts in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Considered to be the only awards show to recognize the contributions of Caribbean and World music for over 30 years, IRAWMA was founded by entrepreneur, publisher and TV personality Ephraim M. Marting. The nominees included Trinidad’s 2011 Soca Monarch and Road Monarch champion Machel Montano, controversial and popular Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, Taurus Riley, Jah Cure, Gramps Morgan, Queen Ifrika, International Reggae musician duo Sly & Robbie, JW Blaze, Shakira, Daddy Yankee and many more.

Past nominees, winners and award recipients for this prestigious event have included Sean Paul, Jamie Foxx, Mamedou Diabte, Wyclef Jean, India Irie, Enrique Iglesias, Alison Hinds, Awilo Longamba and Beenie Man just to name a few. Previous IRAWMA have been held in U.S. cities New York, Miami and Atlanta as well as the city of Montego Bay in Jamaica and has been broadcasted on major TV networks such as MTV and B.E.T.

Known to be hard working and persistent, an award such as this could not have come at a better time in Macka’s career. The DJ has successfully traversed other career paths within the entertainment industry that too few Jamaican artistes have gone. She debut in a film titled, “Redemption of Paradise” taking on a lead role back in September 2009 and has also released two books to date, an autobiography entitled, “Grown and Sexy” and what is said to be the first official Dancehall novel titled, ‘Bun Him’ which is ironically the title of one of her popular songs with Dancehall artiste Blacker. Being awarded 2011 Female International Rapper/DJ


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Posted by Mark | June 2, 2011 9:37 AM

Why is it not mentioned here that the show was flopped by three quarters of the artist who refused to work because they were defending money.

Irie FM site put out this info. It was not peaches and cream and Ephraim Martin was humiliated in Trinidad.

In addition to the handful of people that attended the event, headliners Shaggy, Queen Ifrica, Taurus Riley, Beenie Man, Jah Cure, Gramps Morgan, Rayvon, Machel Montano, Blaxx, Buffy and more did not attend the event.

The only performances of the night were delivered by two unknown acts from Miami and Jamaica.

Posted by Mark | June 2, 2011 9:47 AM

Several moments of dead air between and following presentations, along with a fair turnout marred the International Reggae and World Music Awards from being a success.

The red carpet affair celebrating 30 years was hosted for the first time in Trinidad at the spectacular Napa venue in Port of Spain. From the red carpet leading up to the venue was impressive. The stage was remarkable. However when the show began, the obvious disorganization and lack of stage management along with other important details told a different story.

IRAMA’s President and CEO Ephraim Martin gave us his account.

IRAWMA was hosted by Tony Rebel who was witty and at times hilarious, while his co-hosts Shaggy showcased comedic gestures and us singer Denise Williams tried.

Trinidad’s Machael Montana was the biggest winner of the night taking home 5 awards. Montano, who was nominated in nine categories, won ahead of international acts including Damian Marley, Nas, UB40, Third World and Beenie Man in the categories he won. Among the awards claimed by Machael Mantana was best Caribbean entertainer of the year.

Meanwhile singer Gyptain who lead the nominees was the biggest loser of the night copping only a single award for best video for hold yuh. Other entertainers who received awards were Tarrus Riley, Tony Rebel, Dean Fraser, Shaggy and Macka Diamond.

As it relates to performances, Taurus Riley, Dean Fraser and Gramps Morgan delivered however, there seemed to be something missing. The audience was stiff and gave dancehall deejays Tifa and Macka Diamond a struggle. Macka’s introduction of her new single cow foot was poorly received.

IRAWMA ended minutes after 11 with some of the entertainers who performed and the hosts singing bob marley’s one love.


IRAWMA promoter Ephrain Martin flopped in Trinidad on Sunday after failing to deliver what he promised to patrons who attended Reggae Meets Soca Chutney a concert that was part of the festivities for the weekend celebrating the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).

In addition to the handful of people that attended the event, headliners Shaggy, Queen Ifrica, Taurus Riley, Beenie Man, Jah Cure, Gramps Morgan, Rayvon, Machel Montano, Blaxx, Buffy and more did not attend the event.

The only performances of the night were delivered by two unknown acts from Miami and Jamaica.

Nonetheless, after waiting for as long as eight hours for the main performers; patrons left the venue disappointed and angry. At no time between 6 p.m. —when the show was scheduled to begin with a chutney segment— and after 2 a.m. when patrons began to leave, did any representative of Ephraim Martin's team take the stage to inform them of the situation.

Speculations flew like wildfire that the entertainers did not perform because of money issues. However, Ephraim Martin who was locked in a meeting with Trinidadian officials following the event in the wee hours Monday morning claims money wasn’t the problem.

With the exception of Beenie Man who allegedly missed his flight, all the reggae entertainers slated to perform were at the hotel.

Shaggy who didn’t want to be recorded sarcastically commented that he wasn’t invited to the event.

Meanwhile, Jah Cure claims money was not his issue. The Unconditional Love singer suggested he took a stance and stood by his fellow entertainers who made a decision not to perform.

It’s not clear if the patrons who paid between $200 and $900 for tickets will receive refunds since nothing was in place to determine who attended.

So all in all, Martin’s International and Associates left a bad impression in Trinidad after the failure of Reggae meets Soca/Chutney Live in Concert.

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What??? The reggae rastas were in their hotel rooms and refuse to deliver the the message to the people until they were sure about their money???
Wow May 31 11
Oh Kaye May 31 11
Wait! Ephrain Martin no si how we reggae rasta roll? A nuff gal dem haffi mine and dem don't roll without the biggest and most expensive wheels. Him think a some 30s-70s rasta him a deal wid. Them days deh done, dem designer, hair dresser and make up artist must get pay. A weh Martin tek rasta fa? Him think dem humble? Dem nuh care how much him pay dem all dem other times, dem ago shame him, cause him fi know sey a money run things!!
Oh Kaye May 31 11
This article is not written clearly. Did Tarrus Riley and Gramps Morgan along with Dean Fraser Perform?
Zeen May 31 11
Trinidad already not too hot about us. Don't tell me we flopped a Jamaican in Trinidad. Ephraim Martin must have a good track record for his show to last for 30yrs. Jah Cure, who was the ring leader that instigated the move for you all not to perform? You sound like you would perform but you did fraid!

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