CARIBBEAN URBAN MUSIC AWARD ANNUAL

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The first annual Caribbean Urban Music Awards (CUMA) is scheduled to take place in Jamaica on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St Mary. The Caribbean Urban Music Awards (CUMA), is produced by the organisers of Urban Music Awards (UMA), which is one of the biggest international awards ceremonies held in the USA, UK, France, and Germany and broadcasted worldwide to an audience of 14.5 million viewers annually.

The Urban Music Awards, which is staged by Jordan Kensington, head of Invincible Media Group, is on a path of expansion. It was staged in New York, United Kingdom, France and Germany. The Urban Music Awards was born out of the need to build a worldwide and independent awards ceremony to recognise the achievement of urban based artistes, producers, DJ’s, radio stations, and record labels. Hence this year’s staging in Jamaica is to honour Caribbean artistes.

Beenie Man, Collie Buddz, Sizzla and Spragga Benz have the most nominations with three each. Beenie Man, Spragga Benz and Collie Buddz are nominated in the Best International Artiste category. There are categories for Best Reggaeton Act, Best Soca Artiste and Best Calypso Act.

Radio Stations from the Bahamas (More 94FM), Trinidad (WEFM) 91.1FM), Barbados (Hott 93.5FM) and Jamaica’s IRIE FM are up for Best Reggae Radio Station.

Bobby Valentino, Sizzla, Tony Matterhorn, Collie Buddz, Cherine Anderson and Spragga Benz are slated to perform.

THE 2007-2008 OFFICIAL NOMINEES LIST FOR CUMA ARE AS FOLLOWS:

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Beenie Man

Collie Buddz

Junior Reid

Sean Paul

Sizzla

Spragga Benz

BEST ALBUM

Book of Life – I Wayne

Radio – Ky-mani Marley

Gangsta for Life/The Symphony of David Brooks – Mavado

Intoxication – Shaggy

Overstanding – Sizzla Kolanji

BEST CALYPSO ACT

Allison Hinds (Barbados)

Black Stalin (Trinidad & Tobago)

Machel Mantano (Trinidad & Tobago)

Nnika Francis (Grenada)

BEST COLLABORATION

Beenie Man/Barbee (Give it Up)

Da’Ville/Sean Paul (Always on My Mind)

Jimmy and Tarrus Riley (Pull Up Selector)

Shaggy/Rik Rok (Bonafide)

BEST FEMALE ARTISTE

Cherine Anderson

Lady Saw

Macka Diamond

Queen Ifrica

Tammy Chin

BEST VOCAL GROUP

Brick & Lace

Morgan Heritage

T.O.K

Voicemail

BEST INTERNATIONAL ARTISTE

Beenie Man

Collie Buddz

Rhianna

Sean Kingston

Spragga Benz

BEST INTERNATIONAL DISC JOCKEY/SOUND

Bass Odyssey (Jamaica)

Chris Goldfinger (UK)

Malcom X (Barbados)

Mighty Crown (Japan)

Robbo Ranx (UK)

BEST MAGAZINE (ONLINE & OFFLINE)

Jamaicas.com

Outaroad.com

Riddim Magazine

Soca News

YardFlex.com

BEST MALE ARTISTE

Buju Banton

Jah Cure

Sizzla

Spragga Benz

Tony Matterhorn

Wayne Wonder

BEST MUSIC TV STATION

Hype TV (Jamaica)

RE TV (Jamaica)

Tempo (St Croix, Trinidad, Aruba, Jamaica)

Think Caribbean Television (Castries, Saint Lucia)

ZAL-TV 10 (Antigua & Barbuda)

BEST NEWCOMER

Cherine Anderson

Collie Buddz

Demarco

Erup

Munga Honourable

Sean Kingston

BEST RADIO STATION

Hott 95.3 FM (Barbados)

Irie FM (Jamaica)

More 94 FM (Bahamas)

WEFM 96.1 FM Trinidad)

BEST REGGAETON ACT

Daddy Yankee (Puerto Rico)

Don Miguelo (Dominican Republic)

Don Omar (Puerto Rico)

Hector El Father (Puerto Rico)

Tego Calderon (Puerto Rico)

BEST SOCA ARTIST

Allison Hinds (Barbados)

Barry Chandler (Jabae) – Flames (Barbados)

Expose – Tizzy (Antigua)

Nadia Batson – Caribbean Girl (Trinidad & Tobago)

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