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  • A number of reggae stalwarts will be recognised at this year’s staging of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards ceremony, scheduled to take place on February 25 at the Little Theatre in St. Andrew.
  • The annual Reggae Month event will honour persons who have contributed to the growth and development of reggae music.
  • “Performers, songwriters, administrators and producers will all be honoured,” said Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, at a recent JIS Think Tank.

A number of reggae stalwarts will be recognised at this year’s staging of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards ceremony, scheduled to take place on February 25 at the Little Theatre in St. Andrew.

The annual Reggae Month event will honour persons who have contributed to the growth and development of reggae music.

“Performers, songwriters, administrators and producers will all be honoured,” said Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, at a recent JIS Think Tank.

“The industry always looks forward to that event, where they are honoured by their peers,” she added.

Among this year’s award recipients are Dean Fraser, Shabba Ranks, Lady G, Buju Banton, Orville “Xpressionz” Hall, Elise Kelly, Chevelle Franklin, and Philip “Fatis” Burrell, who will be honoured posthumously.

President of the JaRIA, Ewan Thompson, told JIS News that the Awards, which is a signature event for Reggae Month, “aims to bring out magical moments in history”.

He said one of the features of the ceremony will be a 30-piece reggae orchestra.

“Come enjoy great interpretations of our own music. Come see us honour our colleagues and our friends,” Mr. Thompson said.

Other activities organised by JaRIA for Reggae Month are Reggae Wednesdays at Emancipation Park and Reggae University, which will be held every Thursday in collaboration with other institutions.

The first Reggae University will be held on February 6 at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road, St. Andrew.

Reggae Month is being celebrated under the theme ‘Come Ketch de Riddim’.