News – 02/18/2021

Breaking News! 39th IRAWMA Nomination Now Open for Music Experts to Select Best of 2020!

NOMINATE BEST OF 2020

39 th IRAWMA Nomination Now Open for Music Experts to Select Best of 2020!
IRAWMA-Jamaica, May 2 nd , 2021, visit www.martinsinternational.com or www.irawma.com

(Chicago, February 2021)
Nomination for the 39th IRAWMA (International Reggae and World Music Awards) is now in progress and will be closed on March 20th , 2021. Since the beginning of February, reggae and world music industry members and music experts throughout the globe have been submitting their selections to say who will be on the ballot for the best of 2020.

The annual IRAWMA is the only one of its kind that honors the best of reggae and world music entertainers, globally, since 1982. If you are a music industry member or music expert who would like to participate in the selection for the best of 2020, visit www.irawma.com or www.martinsinternational.com to download and submit the nomination ballot.

“This year, because of the Pandemic, we have reduced the number of categories for Awards to 32, plus the Special Awards of Honor, and we have added two new categories; namely: Virtual Entertainer of the Year and Best Virtual Showcase. We have also, renamed the “Best Soukous Entertainer” to “Best Afrobeat Entertainer”, said, Mr. Ephraim Martin, Martin’s International President and IRAWMA’s Producer.

Mr. Martin went on to say, “The category for Best Album/CD will be given in the name of one of Reggae’s founding fathers, Toots Hibbert, who made his transition last year. It will now be known as the “Toots Hibbert Award for Best Album/CD”, and for this year will be sponsored under the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports (MCGES)”.

Martin’s International, in 2020, did not let the COVID-19 stop the only music Awards that have been honoring the best in the reggae and world music industry for 38 consecutive years . In fact, on March 21st, last year, IRAWMA became the first known international music Awards to broadcast virtually without an audience. It was televised and broadcasted on OnStage TV, CVM TV, and IRIE FM radio live from Jamaica to hundreds of thousands worldwide who viewed the coveted IRAWMA.

To be updated on the IRAWMA nominees and about reggae and world music from around the world, subscribe/follow now at www.YouTube.com/martinsinternational, IG/Twitter @irawmaawards and on www.facebook.com/irawma.

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are available, reggae fans just cannot wait for the possibility of an in-person celebration on Sunday, May 2, 2021 out of Kingston, Jamaica. For now, however, Mr. Martin said, he is expecting the event to be fully virtual without an audience. Visit www.irawma.com or
www.martinsinternational.com or tune in to all our social media for breaking news.

Please shop for IRAWMA and all Martin’s International events products now at www.ShopmartinsInternational.com. #IRAWMA, #martinsevents, #martinsinternational, #ReggaeAwards, #ReggaeWorldMusic. Social media: www.Facebook.com/IRAWMA, IG and Twitter@Irawmaawards, and subscribe for free to Martins International/IRAWMA channel at www.youtube.com/martinsinternational .

Call 877/973-4423 or5 876/for further information.

News – 01/31/2021

Breaking News! 39th IRAWMA Nomination Now Open for Music Experts to Select Best of 2020!

NOMINATE BEST OF 2020

39th IRAWMA Nomination Now Open for Music Experts to Select Best of 2020!

IRAWMA-Jamaica, May 2nd, 2021, visit www.martinsinternational.com or www.irawma.com

(Chicago, February 1, 2021)

Nominations for the 39th IRAWMA is in progress and reggae and world music industry experts are now selecting nominees for the best of 2020. The annual IRAWMA (International Reggae & World Music Awards) is the only one of its kind that honors the best of reggae and world music entertainers, since 1982. If you are a music industry member or music expert who would like to participate in the selection for the best of 2020, visit www.irawma.com or www.martinsinternational.com to download and submit the nomination ballot.

To be updated on the IRAWMA nominees and about reggae and world music from around the world subscribe/follow now at www.YouTube.com/martinsinternational, IG/Twitter @irawmaawards and on www.facebook.com/irawma.

Martin’s International, in 2020, did not let the COVID-19 stop the only music Awards that have been honoring the best in the reggae and world music industry for 38 consecutive years . In fact, on March 21st, last year, IRAWMA became the first known international music Awards to broadcast virtually without an audience. It was televised and broadcasted on OnStage TV, CVM TV, and IRIE FM radio live from Jamaica to hundreds of thousands of audiences worldwide who viewed the coveted IRAWMA.

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are available, reggae fans just cannot wait for the possibility of an in person celebration on Sunday, May 2, 2021 out of Kingston, Jamaica. Visit www.irawma.com or www.martinsinternational.com or tune in to all our social media for breaking news.

Please shop for IRAWMA and all Martin’s International events products now at www.ShopmartinsInternational.com. #IRAWMA, #martinsevents, #martinsinternational, #ReggaeAwards, #ReggaeWorldMusic. Social media: www.Facebook.com/IRAWMA, IG and Twitter@Irawmaawards, and

subscribe for free to Martins International/IRAWMA channel at www.youtube.com/martinsinternational .

Call 877/973-4423 for further information.

News – 03/28/20

Amidst the Coronavirus sweeping the world, the scaled down to media- Onstage TV and IRIE FM Radio live broadcast of the 38th IRAWMA (International Reggae and World Music Awards), on Saturday night,  March 21st from Jamaica, was an unbelievable success, without public audience!  The show must go on, said the Producer, Ephraim Martin.

In compliance ​with and observation of Jamaica’s Government, and other world health organization​’s, social distancing request and no gathering of more than 20 persons; Martin’s International President, Ephraim Martin took his 38th IRAWMA to ​a leading television program and top radio station, along​ with social media to reveal and honor reggae and world music’s best of 2019.

News – 11/19/19

Amidst the Coronavirus sweeping the world, the scaled down to media- Onstage TV and IRIE FM Radio live broadcast of the 38th IRAWMA (International Reggae and World Music Awards), on Saturday night,  March 21st from Jamaica, was an unbelievable success, without public audience!  The show must go on, said the Producer, Ephraim Martin.

News – 11/12/19

45 years ago, I became a photojournalist at the oldest daily newspaper in the western hemisphere, the Daily Gleaner and its sister publication, the Daily Star newspaper. The year was 1974 and Editor, Dr. Gloudon saw something in me, to  assigned me to most of my columns and designated me to cover some of the best assignments which included world leaders, from Fidel Castro to Queen Elizabeth, entertainment events and other news beats. As a result I enjoyed international notoriety, before establishing my own company, Martin’s International, Inc. and my involvement in the entertainment industry.   I owe Dr. Gloudon, a debt of gratitude for all her support in my early years.

News – 11/10/19

Glad you like it! The Reggae Debate!

The Reggae Debate! Winford Williams, Ephraim Martin and Copeland Forbes in Reggae History debate, from IRAWMA to Grammy to Reggae in Brazil, Sumfest and more.  Copeland on the defensive calling Brazil promoter Israel, Headline boss Jerome and Sean Paul’s manager to make his case. The debate ended in a draw. Ephraim is in Jamaica preparing for his 38th IRAWMA on March 29, 2020 in Kingston, Jamaica.

News – 11/05/19

Martin is now back in Jamaica preparing for his 38th IRAWMA that is set for March 29, 2020 at the new AC Marriott Hotel Kingston, and was presented with the attached Daily Gleaner article. Note photo with Jacob Miller, Bob Marley, Junior Mervin, Chris Blackwell and other was taken by Ephraim Martin – Photo-Journalist.