by: Colleen Murdock
Fort Lauderdale – After a year’s absence the 13th Annual ReggaeSoca Music Awards returned to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 27. The show started promptly at 8 p.m. with several attendees still making their way through the lobby.
Show hosts Charles Hyatt O.D. and Fae Ellington, O.D. were in rare comedic form as they indoctrinated guest host Honorebel. Gosper Singer Carlene Davis invoked the opening blessing with a rendition of “Stand up for Jesus.”
Charles Hyatt O.D. and Faye Ellington
Despite its slow start, the show was a masterful blend of the past and present, with expressions of social justice and sexual innuendos. Trinidadian Queen Singing Sandra, who received a living legend award, evoked social consciousness with Voices from the Ghetto while Jamesy P begged the ladies for some nookie.
The Unique Vision band switched flawlessly between performances by soca singer Edwin Yearwood, lead singer Krosfyah band, reggae female DJ Cecile, reggae cultural artist Richie Spice and reggae new artist Fantan Mojah.
Soca New Artist group Elvis White justified their nomination with the hot new Sexy Waist, which had the male adrenalin running wild as two fit and sexy female dancers swiveled their sexy waists. White, a native of Monsterrat, who list the Mighty Arrow as his early influence stated, “We are thrilled to be nominated for this award, and we consider the other nominees as family. The group’s purpose is to bring about our own brand of social commentary.”
Joseph Hill aka Culture
Living legend Culture took the crowd back in time with Zion Gate and the Two Sevens Clash, Ernest Ranglin, Lifetime Achievement award winner, displayed his virtuosity on the guitar with a classical medley, and Ernie Smith – Vintage Award winner, singing favorites such as Duppy Gunman and Tears on my Pillow, had the audience begging for more. Other legends recognized were the late Jackie Opel, host Charles Hyatt and actress Leonie Forbes who both received the Louise Bennett Award of Distinction.
Winsome “Lady C’ Charlton
Show founder and chairperson Winsome “Lady C’ Charlton billed this show the “Lucky 13” as she recognized the many contributors who helped to bring it back to the Broward Center. Charlton also remembered Desmond Dekker, the first Jamaican artist to gain a major international reggae hit, who passed away in London on May 25.
Lifetime Achievement Winner
The big winners for the night were Jah Cure and Freddie McGregor tying for the reggae male vocalist award; Macka Diamond, reggae female DJ; Buju Banton and Anthony Cruz for Too Bloody, reggae combination song; Legend Ernie Ranglin’s Surfin, reggae instrumental album; Daddy Yankee’s Gasolina, reggaeton song of the year; Rupee, soca male artiste; Krosfyah and Nu Vybes, soca group; Alison Hinds, soca female artiste; Edwin Yearwood and Bunji Garlin’s, All Aboard, soca combination song; Richie Spice, reggae cultural artiste; Junior Gong Marley’s Welcome to Jam Rock, reggae song; Fantan Mojah, reggae new artiste; Drop Leaf and Strictly the Best 34 , reggae album various artiste; Joe Frasier and Don Corleone tying for reggae producer; Carlene Davis, gospel/inspirational; Elvis White, soca new artiste; Alison Hinds’ Roll It, and Jamesy P’s Nookie tying for soca song; VP Records’ Soca Zone 5th Spin, soca album compilation; VP Records, record company, and Edwin Howell, soca producer.
Due to time constraint, some category winners went unannounced. The show ended at a quarter past midnight with Hinds leading the artists in a rousing rendition of Bob Marley’s “One Love.”
Living Legend Winner
Elvis White Band & Dancers
Winston Barnes and Ernie Smith
Tommy Cowan and Ernie Ranglin
Louise Bennett Award of Distinction
All photos courtesy of: Dreamy Riley, visit, www.dreamyriley.com