Julian Marley

*New York, NY — The son of legendary singer/songwriter Bob Marley, Julian “Ju Ju” Marley will perform at the 29th International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at York College: Performing Arts Center in New York on May 2nd, together with a number of Reggae and World Music’s most popular performing artists.

Marley’s return to the stage, behind is third album “Awake”, will be just one of the highlights of this prestigious award ceremony that will also feature performances by Dean Fraser, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley, Gramps Morgan, Machel Montano, Barbee, Alison Hinds, Winsome Benjamin, Tony Rebel and others.

IRAWMA 2010 [http://www.irawma.com/], produced by Martin’s International & Assoc., LLC has a record in nominations led by Queen Ifrica with nine nominations, followed by Tarrus Riley with (6) nominations, Machel Montano and Gramps Morgan, with (5) each, and Julian Marley, Sean Paul and Macka Diamond with (4), and followed by Barbee, Beenieman and Vybz Kartel with (3) nominations each. India.Arie and fellow IRAWMA nominee Gramps Morgan share a Best Crossover Song nomination for their duet on the single “Therapy”.

Queen Ifrica

The event also sees a passing of the torch with a number of the nominees and performers following in the footsteps of their parents, along with Julian Marley (son of Bob Marley), Gramps Morgan (son of Denroy Morgan), Queen Ifrica (daughter of Derrick Morgan) and Tarrus Riley (son of Derrick Riley) among them.

In addition to accolades to Reggae music, the IRAWMAs recognize artists in Gospel, Salsa, Latin, Reggaeton, Calypso, Soca, African, Soukous, Compas, Racine and Hip Hop. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to honor those who have made their mark globally in the Reggae and World Music industry,” said Ephraim Martin, president of Martin’s International and Associates.

For further information, ticket info, voting and a list of sponsors (American Airlines, Western Union, MD-TV etc.) visit: http://www.irawma.com/

In 1981, Jamaican photo-journalist Ephraim Martin staged the “Reggae Awards” in Chicago. Over the last 29 years the annual event has travelled to Miami, Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale, New Orleans, New York and Jamaica. IRAWMA honors Reggae and World Beat entertainers for their outstanding contribution to the international music community. Reggae and World Music industry experts select the top entertainers for more than 40 categories. Music fans across the globe are then given the opportunity to vote for their favorites, the nominee with the most votes takes home the coveted trophy. IRAWMA has grown into the oldest and longest running annual Reggae and World Music event.

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