Mor­gan Her­itage cel­e­brates IRAWMA win, to re­lease new al­bum

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Cur­tis Camp­bell Gleaner Writer en­ter­tain­ment@glean­erjm.com

Mor­gan Her­itage

GRAMMY AWARD-WIN­NING reg­gae band Mor­gan Her­itage has once again fended off com­pe­ti­tion from both lo­cal and over­seas-based reg­gae acts to take home top hon­ours af­ter re­cently win­ning the Al­bum of the Year award at the 2016 IRAWMA Awards held in Florida.

Ti­tled Strictly Roots, the al­bum spent sev­eral weeks atop the Reg­gae Bill­board chart and is re­garded as a clas­sic by staunch sup­port­ers of the genre.

The al­bum also fea­tures J Boog, Je­mere Mor­gan, Gil Sharone, Bobby Lee, Eric Rach­many and Chronixx.

Ac­cord­ing to found­ing mem­ber of the band, Gramps Mor­gan, the IRAWMA Award holds as much sen­ti­men­tal value as the Grammy win.

“We are so hum­bled and proud to have won this award for many rea­sons. Win­ning this award as an in­de­pen­dent la­bel (CTBC Mu­sic Group) is ma­jor for us. To re­ceive this type of ac­knowl­edge­ment from our peers and our own reg­gae com­mu­nity means just as much to us as the Grammy win. We haven’t been nom­i­nated (for) much less win, an award in our own reg­gae com­mu­nity in so many years. It’s good to be back on that stage, and thank you to the IRAWMA. We want to thank the Most High for His divine bless­ings, our fam­i­lies for their sac­ri­fice, the in­dus­try, and our amaz­ing loyal royal fans world­wide for sup­port­ing us over the years. We’d also like to thank our team, Wendy Mor­gan, the gen­eral man­ager of our la­bel CTBC Mu­sic Group, MPR Con­sult­ing, and all who have worked on this pro­ject. Jah is wor­thy to be praised,” he said.

THE LEAD SIN­GLE

In­ter­est­ingly, Strictly Roots is the first al­bum to be pro­duced un­der CTBC Mu­sic Group (Cool To Be Con­scious), which is a la­bel owned and op­er­ated by Mor­gan Her­itage.

The band is cur­rently work­ing on a new al­bum, set for re­lease in 2017 and, again, the ma­jor­ity of the pro­duc­tion du­ties will be han­dled in­de­pen­dently by their own CTBC Mu­sic Group.

Se­lah, which is the lead sin­gle for the up­com­ing al­bum, re­cently peaked at num­ber 34 on the iTunes reg­gae sin­gles chart. Out­side of their own work, Mor­gan Her­itage is also pro­mot­ing new ma­te­rial for CTBC Mu­sic Group-signed artiste, Tiana.

Her most re­cent record, Never Gonna Break Me, was re­cently launched and also charted in the iTunes top 200 sin­gles chart.

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