Jamaicans dominate at Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards
Although it is a Caribbean award, Jamaicans dominated at the 12th Annual Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence 2014, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Saturday.
The event that was put on by the Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation, is held to honour Caribbean nationals who have excelled at the highest level in their fields and are recognised by the public.
The awarded Jamaicans were Rita Marley, Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Gem Myers, Etana, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Amina Blackwood-Meeks, Paul Campbell, Bill Edwards, Patsy Ricketts, Lennie Little-White, Barbara Blake-Hannah and Kanhai Condison, as well as sports personalities Grace Jackson, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn and Andrew Price. John Holt, who recently passed, was also honoured posthumously.
Bahamian singer Ronnie Butler was also honoured.
Presentations were also made to 2012 inductees Seretse Small, John Powell, Karen Harriott and Dominican Raymond Lawrence.
In addition to the presentations, speeches were also made by member of parliament Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, chairman of the Caribbean Hall of Fame Merline Daley, chairman of the selection committee Dr Jean Small, and Christine Norton, who is a director and representative of the UNESCO Caribbean Cluster.
But as the speakers addressed the guests in attendance, there was constant chatter that competed with and, in some instances, overpowered the voices of speakers. The loud sound of ice being poured into containers and glasses by the bartenders didn't add to the ambience either.
Nonetheless, there were performances from the D'Oro Dance Ensemble and the energetic Kingston Drummers, who thrilled with their Afro drumming, singing and chanting.
Singer DiMario McDowell was also quite entertaining. Later in the evening, Myrna Hague delivered some 'jazzy' tunes for her audience. She was quite spirited as she sang and pranced around on the stage, getting a hearty applause for her performance.
Building on the work Hague did, Richie Stephens was also entertaining with his ska tech, which is a modernised version of ska. As he danced, he was just as pumped up as the dancers he brought on stage, never missing a beat or forgetting a step. He moved the audience when he sang Live Your Life.
The event ended with Prodi, formerly Prodigal Son.