Diana Chapman, One Dan among Linden Music Awards winners
Diana Chapman and One Dan were among the Linden musicians who were recognized for their work over the past year at the Linden Music Awards show last Saturday.
Among the winners, four recipients walked away with two prizes each. They were: Chapman, who won the “Calypsonian of the Year” and “Soca Song of the Year” awards; One Dan, which won Best New Dancehall Artist of the Year and People’s Choice; Director Dex, who won awards in the categories “Linden Music Ambassador Award 2021” and “Music Video Director of the Year”; and Davy Marley, who won “Best Music Video of the Year” and “Collaboration of the Year”, an award he shared with artist Azariel.
Other awards went to Deanna DeSouza, who won “Best Female Gospel Artist”; Double G, who won “Best Male Gospel Artist”; Anfernee Duke, who won the “Musician of the Year” award; Best, who won “Reggae Artist of the Year”; GT Youths, who won the “Songwriter of the Year” award; Aaliyah ‘Selector Bruuutal’ Dey, who won ‘Female DJ of the Year’; Milcah Garraway, who won “Best Cover Remix”; Lashawn Banz, who won the “Contemporary Artist of the Year” award; Epic Dynamic Dance Group, which won “Dance Choreography of the Year”; Linden Drum Corp, which won the ‘Children’s Band’ award; Boom Bread, which won “Radio DJ of the Year”; Quelly Ranks, who won ‘Dancehall DJ of the Year’; Mafi, who won the “Dancehall Artist of the Year” award; 9TK-Lost n Found, which won “R&B + HipHop Song of the Year”; Code R3d Records’ Dr. J Lyrics, which won “Music Producer of the Year”; and Ego, which won the “Social Media Influencer” award.
The Linden Music Awards also presented the “Denis Parkinson Lifetime Achievement Award” to three individuals – Tiny Dougan, Winston “Zar” Caesar and Fojo.
Chapman, who was nominated in six categories, said she was thrilled to have her hard work in the music industry recognized. While she won the award in two categories, the artist at the awards show decided she wanted to share the “Calypsonian of the Year” award with Ego who she says also deserves the award because, according to the singer, she felt like her songs have outperformed hers for two consecutive years.
“[Meanwhile], Soca Song of the Year, I was happy to win this award because ‘Stage’ (the song she was awarded for) did very well this year. I played it on many stages. I was very excited to win this award more than any other award. I’m really grateful for the wins I received at the Linden Music Awards. And I am [thankful] to Linden for always supporting me and for giving us this love and support that will continue to motivate us to keep working hard every year,” a delighted Chapman said.
Chapman earlier this year entered “Stage” in the Calypso Monarch competition and finished second.
Ego, who also spoke to The Scene, said winning the ‘Social Media Influencer’ award was “beyond a great feeling” and added that despite being nominated he didn’t expect to be the winner. The Calypso singer, who is always on Facebook engaging fans in funny videos, noted that he was still shocked by fans praising him for his good work. Ego has been on the music scene for about nine years now and got into acting over two years ago.
Speaking about the event, Ego said, “The Linden Music Awards… have become a motivation for Linden artists, whether you’re a singer, a dancer or in theatre…. This year, the awards ceremony was more than remarkable and congratulations to the organizers for such an event.
Event coordinator Devin Sears shared that this year’s event saw better attendance compared to last year when the show debuted amid the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. 19. He noted that the show was following COVID-19 protocols.
Sears revealed that the judging panel consisted of Michael James, Janelle Arthur and DJ Dan Hype, whose experience in the music industry qualified them to decide who the winners would be. Sears praised the judges for their work, while noting that they had their work cut out because not all artists had their work on social media.
According to Sears, while the winners were well received, there was some upheaval, particularly for overseas-based artists who traveled to Guyana for the event to learn they hadn’t won. of price. “I think there are areas where we can improve, but we can only improve over time. 2022 is going to be an amazing year. After the awards, we have already observed that many artists are already working on new material because they understand that the judgment has just begun. [again] and will last a whole year [until the next awards show]. Artists are in competition mode to release their material. We will work with them as a tourism committee and try to give them the visibility they need…. said Sears.
He added that some of the good things that came out of the show were that it recognized people’s talents and efforts as well as people receiving more bookings due to exposure, especially DJ Aaliyah Dey.
Sears said plans are in place for people to be nominated in 30 categories instead of 25 for the next awards show. Additionally, Sears said that in January he will be part of a team working to create a weekly bulletin board featuring the top ten songs from region ten artists. He is convinced that this will be a huge motivation for artists in the region.
Meanwhile, Sears thanked its sponsors, including Banks DIH, GT&T, Unicomer, The Linden Fund USA, Divine Entertainment, Ministry of Tourism Industry and Commerce, Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), for making the event a success.
Dignitaries at the event included Guyana Tourism Authority Board Chairman Aubrey Major; regional deputy Jermaine Figueira; Mayor of Linden Waneka Arrindale; and Head of External Events for Banks DIH Mortimer Stewart.
The awards show, which was hosted live, can still be viewed on the Region 10 Tourism Committee Facebook page.