Reggae Juno Winning Song Controversy

Meet Töme, Nigerian French-Canadian singer shooting for the starsTHERE is disquiet within the reggae music fraternity in Canada stemming from last Friday night’s announcement of the winner for the JUNO Reggae Recording of The Year category.

I Pray by Nigerian-French-Canadian singer/songwriter Tome featuring Sean Kingston won the award, beating Blessed (Black Man), Ammoye ( Give it All), Kirk Diamond ( Let it Be Done), and Dubmatix ( Roots Rock).

The disgruntled argue that I Pray is not reggae. Tome describes her music as Afro-R&B.

The JUNO Awards took place virtually on Friday and aired live on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ( CBC) as well as on the entity’s website.

“Tome won and I’m happy for her. However, reggae and the culture takes a loss. A JUNO win for reggae helps to elevate the culture, the genre and the artiste. Tome, who is a great artiste, deserves the elevation, but reggae and the culture will be left behind because she doesn’t do reggae and is a part of another culture,” said Kirk Diamond in an interview with the Jamaica Observer. “Which speaks to why the Junos need to really think about all the cultures and be inclusive because just like our music and culture we can’t afford a loss, neither can hers or anybody else’s.”

SKRTview: Tome | SKRT DailyDiamond won the award in 2018 for Greater. This was his third nomination. People within the Canadian reggae fraternity had predicted that either he or five-time nominee Ammoye would have walked away winners.

Carrie Mullings, who has nearly 20 years experience in the Canadian music industry, is co-chair of the Juno reggae committee.

Source: JUNO controversy

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