Friday, February 29, 2008
DanceHall Music Dissed at Reggae Academy Awards Show
Many are saying that the recent Reggae Academy Award, showed that dancehall is either not being taken seriously as a musical forum in Jamaica or perhaps losing its flavor. Ray Alexander, a publicist in the music business was quoted telling the "Star," " I have no apology, me abun de out, because dancehall music a poor people music, so if they want to isolate dancehall, tell us so that we an distance ourselves."
The Reggae Awards Show was dominated by Taurrus Riley, who just swept the awards. He took the awards for best reggae song, best solo male vocal performance, breakthrough reggae artist and most popular song for the single, "She's Royal." This song also garnered best video award director Rupert Campbell and best reggae recording for engineer, Romel Marshall.
Tony Rebel (on the committee for the RAA) says next year he will definitely put certain things forward.
Reggae Academy member make the initial nominations (states Rose DeSouza). The members from all over the world are invite to send in nominations and it can be any artist, so long as it is within the genre and their are different types of categories, in reggae dancehall and gospel. She continues I don't see how they can say it was heavily on reggae. Everything is done online.