Deejay I Octane has scored nine nominations in this year's inaugural
Clarendon Music Awards on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 5pm. at the
Bustamante High Way in May Pen, Clarendon. Other major artistes such
as Vybz Kartel, Mavado and Tarrus Riley have also earned multiple
The music awards show will also recognize legendary reggae artist
Derrick Morgan, the first artist to have spots 1-7 on national pop
charts simultaneously as the first
recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. This historic and highly
anticipated event features award presentations, live performances, a
VIP reception and dinner. It is expected to be a star-studded event
and the largest
event of its kind to recognize and honour Clarendon musicians and its
The project has been endorsed by members of the political
establishment such as Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon Mike
Henry as well as
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Olivia 'Babsy' Grange.
The first Annual Clarendon Music Awards is the brainchild of David
Anderson of Temperature’s
Entertainment Limited. This organisation is known for the ultra
successful show, “The High School Link-Up Showcase” that links
past students from all high schools in Jamaica.
"This event will feature the biggest names in the entertainment
industry as well as emerging local talent from in and around
Clarendon. The Clarendon
Music Awards will provide an avenue for good clean fun and create an
opportunity to bring friends and family together while allowing for
stress relief, " Mr. Anderson, who is also the chairman of the event,
Anderson contends that Clarendon has produced several musical talents
such as the world famous Clarendonions, Millie Small, Barrington Levy,
Toots Hibbert, Freddie McGregor, Coco Tea, Liz Mitchell,
Denroy Morgan and I Octane to name a few. Along with Mr. Morgan, some
of these individuals will be presented this year with special awards
for their outstanding career achievements and for their cultural and
social contribution to the parish of Clarendon.
"Derrick Morgan remains a true ambassador for Clarendon as well as
artistes such as Glen Washington, Carlene Davis, Everton
Blender, and The Clarendonions Fitzroy "Ernest" Wilson. There will be
many other surprise guest artistes at the event as well," Anderson
This event is also expected to be an economic boon to the economy of
Clarendon, as it is expected to create short and long term employment
for community members and create new revenue for small businesses in Clarendon.
The Clarendon Music awards are about socio- economic and cultural
development of our community," Anderson said.
Anderson said that part of the proceeds from the event will be donated
to the Clarendon Street People Association-CLASP
and the Paediatric Ward at the May Pen Hospital, in Clarendon.
The event will be hosted by radio and TV personalities Lady D and
Sasha Bling, and there will be performances from Professor Nuts,
Merciless, Anthony Cruz,
Assailant, Silver Kat, Kashu-Man, Singer Jah and many other local artistes.