There’s just over two weeks left until voting in the 31st International Reggae and World Music Awards closes.
The public must choose their favourite performers in 30 categories ranging from Reggae and World Music Entertainer of the Year, to Most Outstanding Dance Group and Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer by 15 May.
There are Best Entertainer titles up for grabs for Latin, Calypso, Soukous, Compas, Chutney and Hip-hop, to name a few. Disc jockeys, concerts and sound systems also have their own categories.
Topping the list of nominees with six nominations is South African singer Nkulee Dube, daughter of the late reggae musician Lucky Dube. She has six nominations – a first for a non-Caribbean performer – including Best Female Vocalist, Best Song, Best Album and Best New Entertainer.
She is followed by Tarrus Riley and Mavado, each with four nods. Meanwhile Damian Marley, Third World, Queen Ifrika, Stephen Marley, Fab 5, Ziggy Marley and Machel Montano, each picked up three nominations.
The IRAWMA Awards ceremony will take place in Chicago – the city where it started – on Thursday 5 July.
To have your say visit irawma.com/vote2011.html