The video below shows Machel Montano’s tribute to one of the greatest Soca producers, Sheldon “Shel Shok” Benjamin, who finally lost the battle against cancer on Tuesday 9th June 2009.
He produced hits such as “Dance With You”, “In Your Timin Girl”, “Roll it Gyal”, “Madder Than Dat” and riddims like “The Best Riddim”, “Six Speed Riddim”, etc. He is gone, but his music will be around forever.
Recorded at Radio City Music Hall on 13th June 2009.
Vincy artist Icon won this year’s Best New Song competition with his tune “Congo Line”. Hereby he dethroned Diva Zolah and her big hit “Mo Water”.
You can download the song for free here or watch the video on Youtube:
One of the longest running awards ceremony in the world that honors reggae and world beat music, the 2009 IRAWMA took place at the state-of-the-art York College Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York on Sunday, May 3, 2009. It was a star-studded affair, emceed by Copeland Forbes and Tony Rebel.
The audience was entertained all night with exciting performances from some of the top names in Caribbean music, including Tarrus Riley, Calypso Rose, Beenie Man, Machel Montano, Alison Hinds,Tony Rebel, D’Angel, Gramps Morgan, Duane Stephenson and Barbee, all backed by the Dean Fraser Band.
The awards presentation saw some funny moments as fans screamed their choices and awardees teased each other. Machel Montano walked away with two trophies (“Most Outstanding Stage Personality” and together with the HD Band: “Most Outstanding Show Band”), Calypso Rose was awarded “Most Consistent Entertainer” and Alison Hinds scored “Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer”!