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PRODUCER DONOVAN GERMAIN TO RECEIVE NATIONAL HONORS IN OCTOBER!

 By Howard Campbell—

 GERMAIN… appreciates that the Government saw it prudent to reward him for his work

AS a producer, Donovan Germain has amassed a remarkable record of hit songs and albums by dancehall’s elite including Buju Banton, Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths and Romain Virgo.

Yet, his biggest thrill is not songs on the hit parade.

“The greatest thing for me is seeing an artist I manage own dem own home. Dat’s what special to me,” he said.

Donovan Germain

Donovan Germain

Germain, founder and head of CEO Records, is one of a number of entertainment personalities awarded the Order of Distinction (OD) for his contribution to the development of Jamaican music.

Fellow producer Winston ‘Niney’ Holness, musicians Harold Butler, Marjorie Whylie and Ras Michael, and Reggae Sunsplash co-founder Ronnie Burke, will also receive Jamaica’s sixth highest honor.

Germain, 63, welcomes the national recognition.

“I appreciate that the government saw it prudent to reward me for my work. I hope it can be an inspiration to younger producers and young people generally,” he said.

Donovan Germain got into the music business in the late 1970’s when he started Germain’s Revolutionary Records while living in the United States.

Donovan Germain displays the various awards Penthouse Records has won over the years.

Donovan Germain displays the various awards Penthouse Records has won over the years.

‘Revolutionary Records’ released songs by roots singer Joy White and the Mighty Diamonds.

Germain launched Penthouse shortly after returning to Jamaica in 1988. The company was pivotal to dancehall music’s international appeal in the 1990’s when it released countless hits by Banton, Hammond, Griffiths, Garnett Silk and Wayne Wonder.

The music industry has transformed considerably since the 1990’s. The compact disc is obsolete; digital downloads is now the order of the day and global record sales have plummeted.

That evolution, Germain told the Sunday Observer, has made the industry ‘less financially viable’.

The Award Winning Producer Donovan Germain

The Award Winning Producer Donovan Germain

Last year, Penthouse Records celebrated its 25th anniversary with the retrospective double CD, Penthouse Records 25 Years — The Journey Continues, which contained a 45-minute documentary narrated by Germain.

Donovan Germain and his colleagues will receive the OD in October during the annual National Awards and Honors ceremony at King’s House.

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