Hundreds Packed the exclusive Blvd For IRAWMA Press Conference!
NY, APRIL 2009: It was the press conference to announce the participants in the coveted black-tie, made-for-television, red carpet 28th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), with an expected attendance of 50 media members. However, hundreds of media members, sponsors, nominees and other entertainers jammed the exclusive BLVD nightspot in New York City, on Tuesday, March 31st to witness and learn of the nominees, special awardees and participants for the grand celebration of reggae and world music royalty.
The 28th IRAWMA takes place on Sunday, May 3rd, 2009, at 6:00pm for VIP and 7:30pm for general admission, at the state-of-the-art York College Performing Arts Center (JFK Airport), 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd in Jamaica, Queens, New York. Visit www.irawma.com for further info.
Hosted by Actress Hazel Goodman, the event was attended by members of the press and nominees such as Brigadier Jerry, one of the special awardees who helped to announce other nominees: Ryddim Kings/Inner Roots founder Owen Dalhouse, Hollywood Actor Leon, female dancehall sensation Barbee, and Lady Ann, who is receiving her first nomination since 1984.
Ephraim Martin, President of Martin’s International and Associates, gave in-depth details on the annual Awards along with his directors Howard Smith, Clifton Edwards, Victor Lewis and Austin McBean, who all shared in the announcement of the special awardees and nominees. Other announcers were some of IRAWMA sponsors: Western Union’s Garfield Comrie, JFK-Ramada Plaza’s Sabrina Cangelosi and Jair Brand, One Caribbean Radio’s Denton Hutchinson, CVM TV’s Winford Williams, Blue Print Magazine’s Steve McKenzie, Avagrow.com’s Tim Lyles, CNP TV’s Louis Henry, Linkup Media/Jamrock Magazine’s DJ Kevin Crown, Irie Jam Media’s Spreadlove Bobby and Nikki Z, York College Performing Arts Center’s Kwame Clark, Drive Time Radio’s Barbara Whittaker, CIN TV’s Irwin Claire, Caribbean Billboard’s Chip Smith, several other sponsors, radio disc jockeys, & nominees.
Special Awards of Appreciation will also be given to Heavy D and Road International - DJ Roy. For 2009, the top nominees are Mavado, Beres Hammond, Elephant Man, Etana, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Mr. Vegas and Beenie Man.
Among the performing/presenters live on stage will be ETANA, COCOA TEA, MIGHTY SPARROW, QUEEN IFRICA, TARRUS RILEY, HEAVY D, DEAN FRASER, CALYPSO ROSE, TONY REBEL, GRAMPS MORGAN, MACHEL MONTANO, AWILO-SOUKOUS, BARBEE, MUTABARUKA, D’ANGEL, DUANE STEPHENSON, ALISON HINDS AND MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED…
Dedicated to Health Awareness and in honor of President Barack Obama, the nominees for “Best Song in Honor of President Barack Obama” are Mighty Sparrow, Cocoa Tea, Steele Pulse, Lushy Banton and Glen Adams.
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American Airlines returns as the official carrier, while the JFK-Hampton Inn Hotel and JFK-RAMADA Plaza Hotel will serve as the official hotels. However, you must mention “Reggae Awards” to get the special rate.
The sponsors for this coveted event include: American Airlines, American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Coca Cola, Western Union, Carib News, Irie Jam Media, Inc, LinkUp Media, Inc, JAMROCK Magazine, Inc, Carib News, TriFold Graphics and Printing, LLC, Sam’s Caribbean Market Place/Sams24-7.com, Dennis Shipping, Transcontinental Shippers, CVM TV, Keeling Records, Street Hype Newspaper, AVAGROW.COM, ONE CARIBBEAN RADIO 740 AM WNYH & ONECARIBBEANRADIO.COM, , Blue Print The Magazine/Metric Bar & Grill, Uptown Juice Bar, Drive Time Radio, Resource One Mortgage, CNP TV, and Bennett Limousine. To participate as a sponsor, please call 877-9-REGGAE or visit www.IRAWMA.com or www.internationalmusicawards.org.
Tickets for this gala affair are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com or 800/745-3000; also from IRAWMA 877/9-REGGAE and the York College Performing Arts Center box office at 718/262-2840. Advance VIP tickets are $150 and general admission tickets are $75 (more at the door). Tickets are also available at selected sponsors’ location. For a limited time (thru April 10), special $44 tickets, in honor of the 44th US President, Barack Obama will be available only thru 877/9-REGGAE (877/973-44230.
Below are the sponsors’ locations where tickets can be purchased!
* The NBC Store, 666 5th Avenue
* Macy's Stores
* J & R. Music
* f.y.e. Records
* York College Performing Arts Center, Box Office: 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, 718-262-3750
* VP RECORDS, 170-21 Jamaica Avenue, 718-297-5802
* Golden Krust Bakery, 271-19 Union Turnpike, 718-347-3065
* Keeling Records & Video, 1342 St. Johns Place, 718-778-9470
* Dennis Shipping, 1124-28 Utica Avenue, 718-451-3617
* Dennis Shipping, 4354 White Plains Road, 718-231-6200
* f.y.e. Records
* Sam's Caribbean Market Place, www.SAMS24-7.com (buy online), 43-D Main Street, 516-481-6602
* TriFold Graphic & Printing, 1436 Barnum Ave., Stratford, 203-870-4103
* Metric Bar & Grill, 49 Cannon Street, Bridgeport, 203-576-6903
* Macy's Stores
* f.y.e. Records
For general info about the Awards, contact IRAWMAinfo@gmail.com, call 877-9-REGGAE (877-973-4423) or 312-427-0266.