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Bounty Killer Inducted into Jamaica Music Museum Hall of Fame at Reggae Gold Awards

The legendary deejay receives accolades for his contribution to Jamaican music, alongside Beenie Man and others

L-r: Beenie Man, Bounty Killer with Candiese Leveridge, Wray & Nephew Media & PR Manager and Reggae Gold Awards sponsor.

Jamaica’s legendary Dancehall icon Bounty Killer basked in recognition for his contribution to music in Jamaica at the Reggae Gold Awards held at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday, February 29. he received two awards, including the Wray & Nephew Cultural Impact Award.

Bounty Killer, born Rodney Price, expressed gratitude upon receiving the award. He remarked, "It’s very auspicious to know that the iconic Wray & Nephew, that I have known since I was a young man because Wray & Nephew is like the python of alcoholic beverage in Jamaica, they are the spirit of Jamaica. So, for them to recognize me and the iconic figure that I am, it is something very interesting and I appreciate it and I am elated about it.” He added, "What can I say? This is from your hometown, and they always say a king never gets crowned in his town. I am appreciative of this gesture that Wray & Nephew made to really recognize my iconic presence and status, so I am grateful, and I am thankful, and I give a lot of thanks.”

Bounty Killer was also inducted into the Jamaica Music Museum Hall of Fame on the night, and he was grateful to be recognized among a number of Jamaican greats who have elevated the music to its current global status.

“The induction into Jamaica Reggae Music Hall of Fame, that’s another iconic achievement because to be recognized amongst all those greats, the great Bob Marley, the great Leroy Sibbles, the great Ken Boothe, Yellow Man, Josey Wales, all those people that I grew up listening to, to be recognized among them, that is like the legacy, you can’t get any better than that.

Price also commended the Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sports, for her significant recognition of Jamaican music. “This never happened, ten, twenty, years ago, so it’s good to keep the legacy and the history of Reggae going. Cudos to Babsy and the entire ministry supporting Reggae and Dance Hall,” he said.

On a night when many Jamaican musicians such as Third World, Beenie Man, Gerald “Bogle” Levy for dance and the Iconic Wycliffe “Steely” Johnson and Cleveland “Clevie” Browne were honored and the crowd treated to some very special performances, it was the Third World Band that stole the show.

Bounty Killer celebrated his Wray & Nephew Cultural Impact Award at the Reggae Gold Awards

Opening with "Dreamland" and then transitioning seamlessly into "Reggae Ambassador," they set the stage for an outstanding performance. Fans were energized and dancing throughout the entire set, singing along to hits like "Now That We Found Love," "96 Degrees in the Shade," and "Try Jah Love." Stephen "Cat" Coore delivered a mesmerizing solo guitar rendition of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song," while AJ Brown impressed the audience with his Italian performance of Luciano Pavarotti's "Time to Say Goodbye," culminating in one of the year's finest local music performances.


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