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Marley Family to Rock Miami

Posted on 27th February 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

The music legend received the Reggae Icon Award posthumously Sunday during the 2008 Reggae Academy Awards. His widow, Rita Marley, accepted the award, held at Jamaica’s National Indoor Sport Centre in Kingston, from Prime Minister Bruce Golding.

The first-time event coincided with what Golding dubbed National Reggae Month in Jamaica. Another blowout event, the Smile Jamaica Africa-Unite concert on James Bond Beach Saturday, lasted almost 12 hours.

Rita Marley thanked international hotelier Chris Blackwell for believing in her husband and helping to launch the reggae singer to stardom. She remembers people warning Blackwell about trusting musicians from Trench Town, a ghetto in west Kingston. “Don’t give those guys any money. If you give them money, you will never see them again.”

Blackwell’s bet was right, and he was recognized by the academy with an award, presented by the island’s minister of culture, youth and sports, Olivia Grange.

Grammy-winning reggae/pop superstar Shaggy won best dance hall album for Intoxication; he said he believes the event will put local artists on the world stage. Flamboyant model/singer/actress Grace Jones was seen in the audience. Missing was Sean Paul ( Henriques), who was on the program to present the Best International Artist award.

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