BY KEVIN JACKSON—
MULTIPLE winner Exco Levi heads the nominees for Best Reggae Recording Of The Year in the Juno Awards scheduled for April 2 at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa.
Exco Levi, a four-time winner, is nominated for Siren. Other nominees are Sorry by Ammoye, Cry Every Day (Blessed), Roll Dem (Dubmatix featuring Gappy Ranks) and Who Feels It Knows by Jay Kartier. It is the sixth nod for the Clarendon-born Exco Levi who lives in Toronto. He won in 2012 for Bleaching Shop; 2013 (Storms of Life), 2014 (Strive), and 2015 (Welcome the King).
Singjay Blessed has won the category twice — in 2002 for Love (African Woman) and 2006 for Reggae Time. This is his seventh nomination.
Toronto-based musician Dubmatix (real name Jesse King) earns his seventh nomination. He won in 2010 for Gonna Be Alright featuring Prince Blanco.
Originally from Halse Hall in Clarendon, Ammoye migrated to Canada in 1994. She has done background vocals for Canadian jazz singer Michael Buble, Divine Brown, and Kreesha Turner, among others. This is her third nomination.
It is the first nomination for Ontario-based Jay Kartier (born Jason Brown) who was born in Kingston.
The Juno is Canada’s equivalent of America’s Grammy Awards. This is its 46th staging.