Amid a spectacular stage lighting, great performances, award winners, the successful staging of the 27th International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem NYC on May 4th 2008 concluded appropriately with a Finale of Bob Marleys One Love by entertainers, award winners, volunteers and staff.
From the red carpet with the stars to the awards presentation the show was an unqualified success. The stage lighting was bright and the stage prop were complimentary. Former Zap-pow band lead guitarist Dwight Pinkney who was awarded the Martins International Award of Honor along with the absent Freddie McGregor opened the entertainment on with his self-penned Dennis Brown classic ‘How Could I Leave’ segment of the show. However the night’s awards were dominated by the Marley clan with five awards, Ziggy,Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award,Kymani Most Promising Entertainer and Producers Respect Award and Steven, Best CD -Mind Control, and Songwriter of the Year, Trinidad’s soca maestro Machel Montano, arguably the Caribbean best entertainer created history by winning the most awards (3) for a soca artist for the Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer, Most Outstanding Stage Personality and the Bob Marley Entertainer of The Year award (Sean Paul has the record with 6 one time) Soca artiste Jaydene survived a mike malfunction and came back like trooper as saxophonist Dean Fraser, who doubled as the event’s band leader, collected his award for Best Instrumentalist, then got back up on the bandstand telling the audience “ I have work to do.” Mutabaruka, who said he was running out of space on his fridge to put them, took home his 22nd IRAWMA trophy for Best Poet.