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Reggae crooner Gramps is still on a musical high, this after a whirlwind year in 2009 which culminated with him winning the "Album of the Year" at the 2010 EME Awards in Jamaica for his debut album "Two Sides Of My Heart Vol 1." The 6"2 inch former football superstar is currently in studios recording tracks for his next big project - a Country and R&B album that he is passionate about. The disc, tentatively titled "2 Sides Of My Heart Vol. 2" will feature an all-star cast including collaborations with R&B singer Musiq Soulchild and reggae superstar Ziggy Marley while Willie Lat from LA, Shannon Sanders and Blu Miller from Nashville will produce a few tracks. The disc hit stores later this year.

ImageI can hear my editor screaming for joy as I thumb this week's column into my recently repaired ancient, battered BlackBerry, the phone that just won't quit.

Why? Because it is Friday night and I get the feeling she'll be well pleased that my column will be submitted way ahead of deadline - perhaps only a biannual occurrence for your humble scribe!

ImageOn March 2nd, 2010 Third World was nominated for an International Reggae and World Music Award (IRAWMA) in the category for Most Outstanding ShowBand/Group. This is IRAWMA's 29th staging and is produced yearly by Martin's International & Associates. "The primary objective of Martin's International & Associates is to promote reggae and world beat music as an art form and, each year, honor entertainers and others associated with world music for their contributions to the industry and to humanity internationally. IRAWMA is a vehicle of expression for the voiceless peoples of the world. More than 20 million fans viewed the 26th, 27th, and 28th IRAWMA on television."
Eager fans to Dancehall Artiste and now Author, Macka Diamond, who came out to a highly anticipated book signing, promoting her latest literary effort ÃƒÆ’ƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“The Real Gangster’s Wife’ on Saturday last, were stood up as the Author was a no-show.