Reggae artist Bob Marley will be paid tribute to at the Washington, D.C. 12th Annual Reggae Music Awards on Fri., Feb. 27. Courtesy Photo
The Washington D.C. 12th Annual Reggae Music Awards will pay tribute to two of Jamaicaâ€™s most famous Reggae Superstars, Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. The awards program will be presented on Fri., Feb. 27 at the Nativity Room, 6008 Georgia Ave., Northwest, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
This yearâ€™s event will, for the first time, feature a regular at the â€œCaribbean Comedy Festival,â€ Ity and Fancy Cat. Ity and Fancy Cat have been voted best comic duo in Jamaica for the past two years. There will also be entertainers from the Washington, D.C. area performing such as Gangsta Marvin, John Gotti, Kim Bey & Aiah, Andrea, Brother Rowe, Young Reses and Tweeta Bird.
The host of this yearâ€™s event, Tony Java, originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica, has been in the local D.C. area since 1980. Java, who has been involved in the music business for more than 40 years, decided in 1997 that it was time to do something different for the Reggae music-loving community.
â€œWe started the D.C. Reggae Music Awards in 1997, and it was all about uplifting Reggae music in the Washington, D.C. area,â€ Java said. â€œWe wanted to uplift and unite the people in the community, and to honor the people who are making a contribution to the music, and who are making an impact in the community.â€
This yearâ€™s awards will be given out in 27 categories and recipients were voted on and chosen by the Reggae community in the Washington Metropolitan area. In addition, there will be four special awards given, The One Love Bob Marley Award, The Dennis Brown Award, The Tony Java for Life Award, and the Reggae Lifetime Achiever Award. Winners of the special awards were personally chosen by Java.
â€œThe Reggae Lifetime Achiever Award goes to someone who has been involved in Reggae music in the community for at least 20 years, and this yearâ€™s honoree is â€˜The Englishman,â€™â€ Java said.