American reggae band SOJA (Soldiers of Jah Army) won the 2022 Grammy for Best Reggae Album with “Beauty in the Silence”.
This is SOJA’s third nomination and first Grammy win.
Nominated for the Best Reggae Album for SOJA: Live In Virginia which was released in 2016. Prior to that they were nominated for Amid The Noise And Haste in 2014.
SOJA came out ahead of Queen of Dancehall Spice, who was nominated for her debut album 10, Reggae songstress Etana, who earned a nomination for Pamoja; Sean Paul for Live N Livin, Jesse Royal for Royal and Gramps Morgan for Positive Vibration.
The Legendary Reggae Band Toots & The Maytals won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album 2012 with the album 'Got To Be Tough'
The Got to Be Tough album was released just days before the death of Toots Hibbert, the band’s front-man, who passed away on September 11, 2020.
This is the second Grammy win for Toots and the Maytals, having won in 2005 for the album “True Love.” The group has been nominated for a reggae Grammy five times.
The other nominees were ‘Higher Place’ by Skip Marley, ‘One World’ by The Wailers, ‘Upside Down 2020’ by Buju Banton, and ‘It All Comes Back to Love’ by Maxi Priest.
The 63rd Grammy Awards show took place on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Koffee has become the first solo female to cop the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album at the 62nd ceremony for the coveted music awards.
Koffee, 19, took home the Grammy for her debut album, Rapture.
On accepting the award, she thanked her fellow nominees for their contributions to reggae and declared her win a victory for reggae and Jamaica.
Other nominees for the Reggae Album of the Year were:
Julian Marley for his album: As I am
Sly and Robbie and Roots Radics for the album: Sly and Robbie vs Roots Radics
Steel Pulse for Mass Manipulation
Third World for More Work to be Done.
Terri Lyons is the new 2020 Calypso Monarch, becoming only the fifth woman to win the prized Carnival crown.
Lyons’ performances of Meghan My Dear and Obeah set her above the field of 12 finalists, dethroning last year’s monarch Renaldo London.
She joins Calypso Rose (McCartha Lewis), Singing Sandra (Sandra DesVignes-Millington), Denyse Plummer and Karene Asche in the history books of women monarchs.
Asche, a stronger contender, placed second, with Heather McIntosh in third position, and this too was record as it is the first time the top three placings were women. The competition took place at Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.
Lyons descends from Carnival royalty as she is the daughter soca icon, Austin “Super Blue” Lyons, and sister of Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez. Super Blue is a 10-time Road March winner, and Lyons-Alvarez is also a record-breaker as the only woman to win both the Power and Groovy Soca monarch titles of the International Soca Monarch competition.
She also only the third woman to win the Road March after Calypso Rose and Sanell Dempster.
Kes and Iwer's Stage Gone Bad takes the 2020 Road March title.
In a statement, the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Calypsonians' Organisation (TUCO) congratulated Neil "Iwer" George and Kees Dieffenthaller on the win.
The tune was the obvious favourite on the road, being played 386 times.
Machel Montano, Iwer and Skinny Fabulous' Conch Shell took second place. It was played 95 times.
Nadia Batson's Fatt was played nine times, coming in third.
Sting and Shaggy wins the 2019 Grammy Award for "Best Reggae Album" for their collaborative album 44/876 .
The award show was held at the Staples Center in Los Angels, California. Feb, 10, with performances from some of the biggest artist in music today.
This is Shaggy's second Grammy for Best Reggae Album. He previously won in 1996 for Boombastic. For Sting, on the other hand, this is his 17th Grammy Award.
The other nominee's for Best Reggae Album
Black Uhuru – As the World Turns
Etana – Reggae Forever
Ziggy Marley - Rebellion Rises
Protoje - A Matter of Time
Sting and Shaggy - 44 / 876
"Famalay" by Machel Montano, Skinny Fabulous and Bunji Garlin cop the Road March title Trinidad & Tobago carnival 2019.
Kees Dieffenthaller's Savannah Grass got the number two spot.
According to the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians' Organisation (TUCO), Famalay was played 346 times while Savannah Grass was played 207 times.
This win gives Montano his 10th Road March, effectively tying him with Superblue, and gives Bunji Garlin his first Road March title. it also gives Skinny Fabulous his first in Trinidad.
Junior Gong won the prestigious award for his album "Stony Hill" at the 60th Grammy Awards ceremony held at the Madison Square Gardens in New York City on January 28, 2018. It was his third Grammy for Best Reggae Album.
The other nominees for Best Reggae Album
Chronixx - Chronology
Morgan Heritage - Avakedabra
Common Kings - Lost in Paradise
J Boog - Wash House Ting
Junior Gong Marley
Machel and Super Blue 2018 collaboration Soca Kingdom was played a total of 336 times at official Carnival judging points across T&T- more then twice as much as nearest competitor Neil “Iwer” George.
Iwer George’s Savannah was played a total of 140 times while Patrice Roberts’ Sweet For Days came in third with 112 plays. The competition was, however, the closest it has been in years when winners succeeded by much larger margins.
It also created history for Lyons, as he is now tied with legendary calypsonian Lord Kitchener (Aldwin Roberts), who won the competition a record 10 times before he died in 2000.
Lyons’ last win came in 2013 with Fantastic Friday, when he briefly put a damper on Montano’s recent dominance in the competition. Lyons tied with George in 2000 and won the title in 1995 and back to back titles between 1991 and 1993. His other titles came in 1980, 1981 and 1983, while his sobriquet was still “Blue Boy.
Montano can still overtake both veterans, as this year’s victory took his tally to nine. He won the competition three years in a row between 2014 and 2016 and also in 2011 and 2012. In 2006, he won the title with Patrice Roberts for their collaboration Band of the Year and then by himself the following year with Jumbie. Montano’s first title came in 1997 with Big Truck.
Voice (Aaron St. Louis) was crowned for the third year in a row, International Soca Monarch 2018.
1. Voice – Year Of Love
2. Blaxx – Hulk
3. Orlando Octave – Love You So
Marley won the prestigious award for his self titled album "Ziggy Marley". It was his seventh Grammy for Best Reggae Album and bragging rights for the most wins in this category.
The other nominee's for Best Reggae Album
Sly & Robbie Presents Reggae for Her
J Boog - Rose Petals
Raging Fyah - Everlasting
Rebelution - Falling into Place
SOJA - SOJA: Live in Virginia
The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organization (TUCO) congratulated Edghilll “MX Prime” Thomas and his band, Ultimate Rejects, today after their hit song, “Full Extreme”, beat all comers in the 2017 Road March race.
Full Extreme was played 556 times for Carnival while “Your Time Now” and “Beat It”—both sung by dethroned Road March king Machel Montano—came in second and third with 72 and 18 plays respectively.
The result marked only the second time in the last seven years that Machel Montano did not rule the road on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
Austin “Super Blue” Lyons won the Road March title in 2013 with “Fantastic Friday.” But, otherwise, Montano triumphed in 2011 and 2012 and did a hattrick of titles between 2014 to 2016 with “Ministry of Road”, “Like a Boss” and “Waiting on the Stage” respectively.
In total, Montano has eight Road March crowns which has him level with Slinger “Mighty Sparrow” Francisco as third on the all-time list of winners.
The late Aldwyn “Lord Kitchener” Roberts is first with 10 titles while Super Blue is second with nine.
MX Prime and the Ultimate Rejects may hope to start their own era.
Ever wonder why Trinis are so happy? Well, it isn't just because of Carnival and Callaloo. According to the World Happiness Report from the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network released on September 8th, the destination ranked highest in happiness in the Caribbean and 31st in the world.
This isn’t surprising however. With its vibrant lifestyle, dynamic mix of culture, booming business center, strong government and, of course, Carnival, which is the largest cultural festival in the Caribbean, there’s no surprise that the dual-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago leads the way in happiness in the Caribbean.
According to the study there were six key variables factored into its conclusions: “Real GDP per capital, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption and generosity.”
The destination’s bourgeoning culinary scene and numerous festivals, combined with local steel pan music and world-renowned beaches, bring out the happiness in both locals and visitors alike. Whether sampling street food on “The Avenue” [Ariapita Avenue], moving to the music at cultural and food festivals, getting a taste of adventure in the mountains of Trinidad or unwinding on Pigeon Point beach in Tobago, Trinbagonians have plenty of reasons to smile.
In addition, with 15 public holidays last year, Trinidad and Tobago is among the top ten countries in the world for the number of public holidays. Who wouldn’t want a few extra days off from work/school per year?.
By Kimberly Wilson.