Veteran reggae/rnb artist, Wayne Wonder, received an Award of Excellence from the organisers of Caribfest in Barbados.
The Grammy nominated artist, who was invited to perform at the event earlier this month, where he was given the surprising award.
“I was delighted … of course. It’s always a pleasure and an honour to be recognised for your hard work. But surpassing the pleasure was surprise. The organisers didn’t even hint that we were even being considered for any kind of award,” Wayne stated.
Wayne Wonder and Tessanne Chin was the recipients from Jamaica.
The event also saw four outstanding Caribbean artists given special tributes. The late reggae King Bob Marley of Jamaica; ska great Jackie Opel of Barbados; legendary calypso singer Lord Kitchener of Trinidad and Cuba’s salsa singer, Celia Cruz .
Four of the Caribbean’s most outstanding artistes were paid posthumous tributes in dance — reggae icon Bob Marley of Jamaica; ska great Jackie Opel of Barbados; legendary calypso singer Lord Kitchener of Trinidad and Cuba’s salsa singer, Celia Cruz.
Those chosen to receive the first ever Caribfest Awards were: Wayne Wonder and Tessanne Chin – Award of Excellence; Alison Hinds and Square One, Kassav and Edwin and Krosfyah – Lifetime Achievement Award.
Vivica A Fox and Morris CHestnut were the host for the event.