For the first time in a decade, Barbadian gospel artists have been nominated for honour at the prestigious Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards in the Bahamas –– all part of a weekend of celebrations from July 25 to 27. The awards ceremony itself will take place on Saturday, July 26, in the capital Nassau.
Speaking to High Note from his home in The Bahamas, The Marlin Awards president Kevin Harris disclosed that three Barbadian acts had been nominated. Harris named them as Neesha Woodz, in three categories: Calypso-Soca Vocal Performance Of The Year –– Female (Adrenaline), Soca Recording Of The Year (Adrenaline), and Pop Vocal Performance Of The Year (More Precious); A Few Good Men in the category of Dance Recording Of The Year (Never Fall); and Hoszia Hinds for Rock Recording Of The Year (Source Of Life).
These were selected as nominees from among thousands of submissions drawn from across the eastern, southern and northern Caribbean, including St Croix and Haiti, as well as the United States. Harris said the last Barbadian nominee to have been successful was a young female artiste called Danah, along with her producer. Danah, he said, had won New Artiste Of The Year, Pop-Rock Recording Of The Year, and Contemporary Vocal Performance Of The Year –– Female.
In her three categories, Neesha is up against such big guns as Sherwin Gardner and Nigel Lewis out of Trinidad and Tobago, and the veteran Harrella Goodwin from St Croix, US Virgin Islands. But perhaps her toughest competition will come in the Soca Recording Of The Year section, where she is the only non-Trinidadian nominee.
For example, there are acts such as the same Sherwin Gardner, Isaac Blackman, J Prince, Jadee and Positive.
If A Few Good Men want to win the Dance Recording statuette, they must be favoured over the likes of Darryl Gervais (T&T), Instruments Of Praise (T&T), J Prince (T&T), Keron Ramsey (T&T) and Rizon (T&T).
For Hoszia Hinds, the judges have to chose between him and Barz Noble from the host country Bahamas, Kerron Ennis (Jamaica), Kristine Alicia (Jamaica) and the ever present Sherwin Gardner, featuring Da’ T.R.U.T.H.
There are 52 categories that cover the gamut of the art form and include the traditional recordings, dancehall, dub, hip hop, reggae, inspirational, junkanoo-rake ’n’ scrape vocal performance, international Caribbean recordings, foreign language recordings and even DJ vocal performance.
This is the 18th year of The Marlin Awards that not only recognize excellence in music performances, but those people behind the music, such as producers, broadcasters, newspaper and radio journalists and other media practitioners. Marlin Awards president Harris revealed that plans were in the works to stage a special celebration 20th anniversary awards festival in The Bahamas, noting that the awards were held every two years.
He said consideration was being given to negotiating the staging of the event outside of The Bahamas base after the 20th anniversary.
Harris told High Note that Jamaica and Trinidad had made overtures to host the prestigious showcase, and discussions would be held to determine which of the two would be successful. He also said Barbados would definitely be considered, once an invitation had been presented and negotiations were favourable.
In other news, Neesha will be officially launching her new music video Adrenaline on Wedneday. Stay tuned.