Legendary Singer Half Pint to receive an Int'l Reggae & World Music Award


half-pint-reggae-dancehall.jpgHalf Pint, the man responsible for some of dancehall's most classic melodic tunes, will be honoured this year at the 26 th annual International Reggae and World Music Awards.

The ceremony, which recognizes the best in reggae and world beat music, will be giving the special 'Producer's "Respect" Award' to Jamaican musical stars Half Pint, Gregory Issacs as well as American hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh.

Half Pint's work with celebrated producer King Jammy helped to usher a lighter, more relaxed approach to dancehall music, with content that was both romantic and socially conscious. Inarguably, his most famous track would be the international hit 'Greetings', which eventually set the tone for the 'ragga' style that was, at that time, taking over Jamaican music.

During his peak, Half Pint also teamed with reggae mainstays Sly and Robbie on several tracks, including the hit "Night Life Lady". As a testament to his influence, rock icons the Rolling Stone's covered one of his earlier tracks 'Winsome' in 1986, under the new title "Too Rude", for their Dirty Work album.

The International Reggae and World Music Awards will be held at the renowned Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York on May 5, 2007.