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Tarrus Riley, DJ Movada, Sean Kingston , Steven Marley, Beenie Man , Buju Banton And Shaggy Top Nominees For 27th Irawma At Apollo Theater On May 4, 2008

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( Chicago , IL / New York , NY ) – March, 2008 — The prestigious 27th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), produced by Martin’s International & Associates, LLC is dedicated to health awareness and returns to Harlem at the world famous Apollo Theater, located at 253 West 125th Street , NYC, on Sunday, May 4, 2008 . A VIP reception begins at 6:00 pm and general admission is at 7:00 pm .
Leading with IRAWMA’s most nominations for 2007 is Tarrus Riley, with a mega seven (7) nods, including Best Male Vocalist and Best Song, for the female anthem “She’s Royal.” Gangster DJ Mavado has five (5) nods from IRAWMA for Best Male DJ, Best Album, Best Recording Artist(s), Songwriter of the Year, and Community Service. Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Steven Marley, Shaggy, and Sean Kingston all received four (4) nominations, while Kymani Marley, Junior Reid and Soca star Machel Montano each received three (3) nominations. Reid, competing against himself, is nominated twice in the same category — Best Crossover — for his hits with Alicia Keys and rapper MIMS .

The official New York Press Conference was held March 27th, to a packed house at club Element in Manhattan . Hosted by veteran vocalist Sheila Hylton, Ephraim Martin of Martin’s International & Associates and Roland Rose of American Airlines announced the nominees, performers and sponsors. International performing artists, promoters and various media organizations were in attendance at the standing-room only event. An official announcement of the nominees was made previously this month, at the Hilton Hotel in New Kingston, Jamaica. Other IRAWMA representatives at the press conference were Directors Clifton Edwards and Austin McBean.

Ephraim Martin announced that the preliminary list of performers are Beenie Man, Kymani Marley, Doug E. Fresh, Sean Kingston, Tarrus Riley, Etana, Dean Fraser, Winsome Benjamin , D’Angel, Queen Ifrika, Mutabaruka, Cecile, Junior Reid and Dwight Pickney. Buju Banton will be among the presenters for the star studded event. More performers will be announced at a later date.

American Airlines, which has served the Caribbean region for more than 30 years, is again the official airline sponsor of the prestigious 27th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA). American Airlines first inaugurated service to the Caribbean in March 1971, flying between New York and five Caribbean destinations. Today, American and its regional affiliate, American Eagle, fly from more than 14 North American cities to more than 30 destinations in the Caribbean , as well as to the Bahamas and Bermuda in the Atlantic .

“IRAWMA executives and its media partners warmly welcome American Airlines and our other sponsors on board for the 27th IRAWMA,” said Ephraim Martin, founder of IRAWMA.
Other nominees include : Ziggy Marley, Marcia Griffiths, Rihanna, Jay Z, Kanye West, Wyclef Jean, King Sunny Ade, Sly and Robbie, Youssou N’Dour, Toots & the Maytals, Beres Hammond, Daddy Yankee, Marc Anthony, Shakira, Angela Kidjo, Femi Kuti, and Jah Cure.

Music lovers traveling from overseas or outside the state of New York are advised to secure their tickets now as seats are limited. EARLY BIRD TICKETS are available at the following prices: VIP PLATINUM $125, VIP GOLD $99, and GENERAL ADMISSION $53. TICKETS CAN BE ORDERED AT WWW.TICKETMASTER.COM, 212-307-7171, OR AT THE APOLLO BOX OFFICE, 212-531-5305.

Sponsors and prospective partners for this highly anticipated event include : American Airlines, Carib News, JAMROCK Magazine/LinkUp Media, Carib News, Sam’s Caribbean Market Place/Sams24-7.com, Dr Roland Rose-Ace Medical, Dennis Shipping, Atlas Vacations, Transcontinental Shippers, CVM -TV, Keeling Records, J & L Tax Consultants, NY Liberty Star Newspaper, Street Hype Newspaper, Ideal Health – Toni Haynes, Uptown Juice Bar, Baba Roots-USA, Eye Collection Clothing, and Bennett Limousine.

To participate as a sponsor, please log on to www.internationalmusicawards.org, or www.irawma.com, or call 877-9-REGGAE. To book seats and obtain information on American Airlines, log on to www.aa.com, or call 800-433-7300 .

For United States :

Martin’s International & Associates
[email protected]
Chicago: 312/427-0266
Anthony Turner
New York: 845/206-5906
[email protected]

Debbie Bass
Chicago: 312/427-0266
[email protected]

For Caribbean/UK:
Odessa Chambers Media
Jamaica: 876/361-1581
[email protected]

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