Stonebwoy, Koffi Olomide, Shatta Wale win international reggae awards

Three African artists were triumphant at the 2016 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA.)  The ceremony was held on 2 October in the US.

Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Koffi Olomide
Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Koffi Olomide

Koffi Olomide, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy were announced winners in different categories. Shatta Wale won the Best African song category with 'Chop Kiss', while his fellow Ghanaian artist Stonebwoy won the Most Promising Entertainer category—a nomination and win that may cause some concern given Stonebwoy’s accomplished status in his home country.

For his part, Koffi Olomide, who faces a possibly lengthy jailtime for kicking a female dancer, won the award for Best Soukous Song with the track ‘Selfie’.

Nominees such as Wizkid, Flavour and Maitre Gims, were shut out of the list of winners.

The International Reggae and World Music Awards was established in 1982, and aims to acknowledge and honour "the accomplishments and contributions of reggae and world music artists, including: songwriters, performers, promoters and musicians.”

Full list of winners below:


  • Entertainer of the Year – POPCAAN
  • Best Male Vocalist – CHRIS MARTIN
  • Best Female Vocalist – ETANA
  • Best Song- 'MY DREAM' – NESBETH
  • Best Album/CD – 'STRICTLY ROOTS' – MORGAN HERITAGE
  • Best Crossover Song – 'CHEAP THRILLS' – SIA ft SEAN PAUL
  • Best Gospel Song – 'IF IT IS NOT YOU' – KEVIN DOWNSWELL
  • Best Male DJ/Rapper – VYBZ KARTEL
  • Best Female DJ/Rapper – SPICE
  • Best New Entertainer – SKIP MARLEY
  • Best Calypso/Soca Song – TEDDYSON JOHN
  • Best Latin Song – PITBULL
  • Best African Song – SHATTA WALE
  • Best Soukous Song – “SELFIE”– KOFFI OLOMIDE
  • Best Belizean Entertainer – LOVA BOY
  • Best R& B Hip Hop Song – 'WORK' – RIHANNA & DRAKE
  • Best Reggae Rock Song – SLIGHTY STOOPID – THE PROPHET
  • Best Chutney Song – SHIVA LAKHAN
  • Best Music Video – MAJOR LASER, FEATURING TARRUS RILEY & ELLIE GOULDING
  • Best Spoken Word/Poet – MUTABARUKA
  • Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer – TARRUS RILEY
  • Most Outstanding Show Band/Group – INNER CIRCLE
  • Most Consistent Entertainer – YELLOWMAN
  • Most Promising Entertainer – STONEBWOY
  • Best Instrumental Song – DEAN FRASER
  • Most Popular Sound System/Selector – TONY MATTERHORN
  • Concert of the Year – REGGAE SUMFEST
  • Most Outstanding Dance Group – NATIONAL DANCE THEATRE COMPANY (NDTC)
  • Haitian Entertainer of the Year – JBEATZ
  • Best Caribbean Entertainer – BERES HAMMOND
  • Recording Producer of the Year – CHIMNEY RECORDS
  • Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award – CEDELLA MARLEY
  • Entertainer of the Year – FL ROHAN GUNTER
  • Florida’s Best Haitian Entertainer – JBEATZ
  • Best Latin Entertainer – NICKY JAM
  • Best Gospel Song – PAPA SAN
  • Most Popular Dance DJ – SUPA SOUND

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