Winners in the 2018 World Clash Dubplate Awards were revealed March 25 on Irish and Chin’s Soundchat Radio which airs on multiple stations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Gambia and parts of Europe.
Aidonia was selected Dubplate Artiste of The Year, while Koffee is Female Dubplate Artiste. Say So by Busy Signal is Dubplate Single of The Year.
“The main objective of this event is to recreate the camaraderie between ‘sound’ owners, selectors and artistes. Over the years it has been obvious that the relationship between selectors and artistes have deteriorated,” said Garfield “Chin” Bourne, conceptualiser of the event.
He added: “I want to use this platform as a way for artistes to feel appreciated by sound men and for sound men to be able to determine which artistes put in the greater amount of work within that 12-month period.”
This was the fourth staging of the awards, whose winners are determined by online voting at www.irishandchin.com.
“I would like to see this become a formal ceremony where artistes are presented with their awards by the sound system industry. My ultimate goal has always been to uplift sound system culture,” said Bourne.
The winners will be presented with their awards by early May. They are: