The UK Reggae Biz Honors its Own

February is reggae month, so what better time of year for the British Reggae Industry Awards to take place? Last night a who’s who of reggae artists and shot-callers came together at the IndigO2 to give recognition to the workin’ peeps in the biz. The evening was packed with good vibes from award presentations to stage performances. One of My fave’s of the night was watching the Scottish band I Foundation. It’s been a minute since Scottish reggae’s been on the radio! They were super cute and they have a sense of humour too: walking past them backstage I overheard one of them saying “I think we need to go to Scotland to get some sun.” Maybe they were serious!?! Anyone who was out on the town in London last night knows it was bloody freezing!

David Rodigan turned up to collect his award for “Best Male Radio Personality.” Maxi Priest won “Best Male Vocalist.” Alton Ellis’s daughter Lovella picked up “Best Female newcomer” and she also collected “Best Male newcomer” for her brother Christopher Ellis—who was nominated for not 1 but 3 categories. His single “English” was up for best single, and he was also up for best British Video for his cover of his father’s “Williow Tree.” Looks like the Ghetto youth is makin’ moves, just in time for the launch of the Ghetto Youths album next Tuesday. Skibu bagged Best Album & Video, Gappy Ranks received Best MC and Best Single and Jah Shaka took home the award for “Best British Sound System.” Overall it was a night of good vibes and happy sounds in the place. As the compere said, “We nah pay fe scream—it free!” Full List of Winners & Video Interviews After The Jump…


BRITISH REGGAE INDUSTRY AWARDS WINNERS FOR 2013


Best British Female Vocalist: Lady Lex
Best British Male Vocalist: Maxi Priest
Best British MC: Gappy Ranks
Best British Band: Goldmasters All Stars
Best British Male Newcomer: Christopher Ellis
Best British Female Newcomer: Lovella Ellis
Best British Single: Gappy Ranks “Thanks & Priase”
Best British Album: Skibu Call on Me
Best British Video: Skibu “It’s Been So Long”
Best British Sound System: Jah Shaka
Promoters of Reggae: Hawkeye
Radio & Internet Stations: BBC 1Xtra
Community Radio Station: Roots 94.5 FM
Best Male Radio Personality: David Rodigan
Best Male Community Radio DJ: Don Karlos
Best British Vocal Group: Black Stones
Best Female Community Radio DJ: Ranking Merva
Best Reggae Record Label: Peckings Records
British Reggae Producer: Peckings Brothers
Technology Advancement for promoting Reggae Music: Youtube
International Male Artist: Tarrus Riley
International Female Artist: Sara Lugo
International Group/Band: Vavamuffin
Lifetime Achievement: Beres Hammond

Reshma B Interviews Christopher Ellis Part 1 of 2

Reshma B Interviews Christopher Ellis Part 2 of 2

Reshma B Interviews Lovella Ellis (and others) at Giants of Lovers Rock

Reshma B Interviews Little Roy

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