Thursday, August 2, 2012

Bounty Killer To Be Honoured In Guyana

Hits and Jams Entertainment will be honouring four accomplished men for their sterling contributions to their individual fields of expertise; at the upcoming Jamzone Summer Break 2012. The men are Bounty Killer, Clive Lloyd, Terry Gajraj and Ezze Rockclife.

In addition to offering an extensive roster of activities to the public, the organisers will be commemorating their 12th anniversary by honouring those who have made significant contributions to the field of entertainment. 

Entertainment is a major business in Guyana and many people including Hits and Jams has enjoyed and benefitted considerably from it. This year the entertainment company wants to start a trend of ‘giving back’ to these people who have contributed greatly towards entertainment and our ultimate amusement.
Meet the honorees. Among those being honoured are Grammy nominated, dancehall icon Bounty Killer who has been instrumental in taking dancehall music to the world.

The Jamaican whose real name is Rodney Price, has had multiple worldwide hit singles and has also collaborated with some of the top international artistes including Busta Rhymes, No Doubt, Wyclef Jean and Lauren Hill. Bounty also formed the popular Jamaican group Alliance, which birthed acts such as Mavado, Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man.

Guyanese musicians Terry Gajraj and Ezze Rockcliffe are also being honoured for their creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. Rockcliffe founded the famous Guyanese band the Yoruba Singers in 1971 out of an African-oriented group called ASCRIA. The Yoruba Singers has represented Guyana at several music festivals in the Caribbean and North America, returning home with a silver medal from the Jamaica Carifesta 1976, and a gold medal from the Festival of Guiana’s competition in 1985 in Suriname.

The group was bestowed the national Medal of Service award for their 40 odd years of contribution to Guyanese music and their efforts to promote our music worldwide.

Terry Gajraj is being honoured for his major influences in local Chutney/Indian/Filmi music. Gajraj started his music career in 1989 and has since recorded over 29 albums with number one records on all the Chutney charts in the Caribbean, North America and Europe.

The versatile singer gained international recognition in 1992 when he released his hit single “Guyana Baboo” which became one of the most popular Guyanese songs ever recorded.

Gajraj has appeared at many events in numerous countries, including the prestigious Wimbley Stadium in London and he also performed at the Indian equivalent of the Grammys: the Millennium Bollywood Music Awards! Terry Gajraj is a true Guyanese music hero! The final individual who will receive the prestigious “Jamzone Achievement Award” is the legendary Guyanese cricketer, Mr Clive Hubert Lloyd. Born in 1944, Clive Lloyd is a former West Indies cricketer and one of the most successful persons in the sport from Guyana.

He captained the West Indies between 1974 and 1985 and oversaw their rise to become the dominant test-playing nation.

He is one of the most successful Test captains of all time: during his captaincy the side had a run of 27 matches without defeat, which included 11 wins in succession. He was the first West Indian player to earn 100 international caps. Lloyd captained the West Indies in three World Cups.

The awardees will receive their accolades at the Jamzone International Concert set for Saturday, August 25 at the Guyana National Stadium. Jamzone 2012 begins on August 17 with the second staging of the Jamzone Masters Cup T20 tournament and concludes on the 26 with the customary Beach Jam at the Splashmin’s Fun Park.