The Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards kicks into high gear with the announcement that golden-voiced roots singer Jah Cure, the Strong One, Etana and current reggae nominee Andrew Tosh, son of the legendary Peter Tosh will join hip hop's Diamond Princess TRINA as performers at the 7th annual EME Awards. The glitzy awards that traditionally attracts hundreds of A-Listers, taste makers, media executives and VIP's is set to take place on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at The East Lawn of the historical Devon House site, Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica.
Etana, coming off a strong performance at the One Love Reggae Concert Winter Series in Negril last month is expected to enthrall fans with another top notch performance at the EME Awards. The acclaimed Warrior Princess recently released her highly anticipated sophomore album "Free Expressions" for VP Records, so titled because she refused to be constrained by approach or lyrical content.
Etana will join international reggae artiste Jah Cure, known for hits Love Is, True Reflections, Call On Me, and Unconditional Love. He will attend the 2011 EME Awards as a multiple nominee and performer and is expected to deliver a captivating set.
"We are very excited to have Jah Cure and Etana, two of my personal favourite roots and culture singers on this year's show “ EME Founder Richard "Richie B" Burgess said.
In addition to Etana and Cure, the EMEs will feature singer Andrew Tosh, arguably one of the most prolific male vocalists in the reggae genre. He emerged as a force in reggae when he sang at his father's funeral in the National Arena in Kingston in 1987. His version of Peter's "Jah Guide" stunned everyone in attendance.
"I was astonished myself on stage," he recalls. "The other song I did was 'Equal Rights,' because everyone is crying out for peace but none is crying out for justice. When I came down off the stage, I couldn't stop crying."
His current album "Legacy - An Acoustic Tribute To Peter Tosh" is nominated for a Grammy this year along with Buju Banton Gregory Isaacs, Lee Scratch Perry and Sly & Robbie.
Tosh disclosed that he is also finishing up another album titled "Eye To Eye" that will feature an original track with Kymani Marley. The disc will feature an unreleased duet with his dad, plus other surprises including collaborations with a few international acts.
The 2011 Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards will recognize the top performers in approximately 30 award categories including DJ of the Year, Best New Artiste, Song of the Year, Vocalist of the year and Producer of the year among others. Winners will be determined based on their performance on The Weekly Jamaica Music Countdown (Charts), votes via texts and votes at the website www.emeawards.com.