Triple treat for Etana

Reggae singer Etana and her backup singer Klyve (Ruel Moncrieffe) performing at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at Bailey Hall, Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, on Sunday. (Photos: Gail Zucker)
ETANA won three awards at last Sunday's 34th International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at Bailey Hall, Broward College in Fort Lauderdale.
She won Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year for I Rise, and the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award for 'her charity work, advocacy on behalf of better lives for the peoples of Africa, and spirit of volunteerism'.
"I have so many awards throughout my career, but I never got one for Song of the Year, so I am pleased about that. I am proud of all of my awards because it shows that my work has not gone unnoticed," said Etana.
Last year, Etana topped Billboard's Reggae Album Chart with her fourth album, the Clive Hunt-produced I Rise.
Singers AJ Brown and Ed Robinson were inducted into the IRAWMA Hall of Fame, while Third World was recognised as Best Caribbean Entertainment Group.
Other IRAWMA winners included: Chronixx (Entertainer of the Year), Omi (Cheerleader -- Best Crossover song and Most Promising Entertainer), Tarrus Riley (Best Male Vocalist and Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer), Carlene Davis (Dripping Blood -- Best Gospel Song), Demarco (Best Male DJ/Rapper), Spice (Best Female DJ/Rapper), Dexter Daps (Best New Entertainer), Shane Brown (Producer of the Year), Machel Montano (Like A Boss --Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer), Magic! (Rude - Best Reggae Rock Entertainer), Yellowman (Most Consistent Entertainer), Inner Circle (Most Outstanding Show Band); Mutabaruka (Best Poet/Spoken Word), Rebel Salute (Concert of the Year), Dean Fraser (Best Instrumentalist), Rohan Gunter (Comedian of the Year), Latin musician Tito Puente Jr and broadcaster John T Hodgson (Award of Honour), Ploomie Lewis, Desmond Patterson and Osbourne Elliot (South Florida Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Music Industry for Over 40 years). Tommy Cowan received the Pioneer of Reggae and Jamaican Music Promotions and Management Award.
Established in 1982, IRAWMA acknowledges the accomplishments and contributions of reggae and world music artistes, songwriters, performers, and promoters.
-- Howard Campbell
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