Great IRAWMA news! The Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) is rebranding and starting in 2019 it will be televised on Network television nationwide and globally. As a result, the 36th IRAWMA winners and ceremony that was set for September 30th will instead be revealed in conjunction with the 37th Chicago Music Awards (CMA) in February 2018.
The IRAWMA rebranding committee has established major plans to make the annual IRAWMA a National network TV broadcast event that will make the reggae and world music community proud; starting with the 37th IRAWMA in 2019. In the meantime, the 36th IRAWMA winners and presentation will be announced in conjunction with the 37th Annual Chicago Music Awards (CMA) also hosted by Martin’s International in Chicago.
Currently, the reggae and world music experts are in the process of selecting the nominees, “Best of 2016/2017” for the 36th IRAWMA, now through November 2017, after which the nominees in all the categories will be released for the fans to vote for the best in all the categories. Like us on Facebook @irawma or visit www.irawma.com for more.
The announcement was made last week during an IRAWMA planning committee meeting. The committee is allowing adequate planning time to make the first time National TV IRAWMA broadcast one of the most coveted Awards broadcast. As a result, the team is targeting the best venue for the 37th IRAWMA. Venues in Jamaica, NY and South Florida are in consideration and the official venue will be revealed soon.
Last year (Sunday October 2, 2016) the event was held in the Ft Lauderdale area at The Coral Springs Center for The Arts. This landmark 35th Anniversary of the International Reggae and World Music Awards was the 100th Annual Special Event produced by Founder – Ephraim Martin, which went down in history and the record books, as the only person alive to have produced a 100th annual Events/Awards/Festivals, which was done over a 35year period with 3-4 consecutive annual events.
Ephraim said “the time for IRAWMA to be television nationally is past due. It is time for the Caribbean/African business community with the adequate resources and those who care about the music and culture to get involve and take it to the next level; which is now happening”. When these industry leaders and others are fully in place with their commitments to take the annual IRAWMA to a greater level, Mr. Martin said he is ready to step aside and just enjoy the annual Awards.