Written by: Nekisha Neicy Cyrus
Congratulations are in order for Jamaica’s Windel Beneto Edwards, better known by his stage name ‘Gyptian’ who has been selected as one of the awardees for this year’s Consulate General of Jamaica’s Heritage Awards.
The Heritage awards which was founded in 2013 by former Consul General Herman Lamont will be held on Saturday 5th November 2021, in New York. Initially established to recognize the outstanding and dedicated services by individuals to the Jamaican community, the awards honour the hard work of individuals whose efforts and sacrifices help better the lives of our nationals and the development of the nation through various fields and careers.
Upon announcing the news which he received via email on September 16th 2021, the Jamaican Reggae & Dancehall singer shared the following sentiments:
“I feel blessed to be given this honor for my work over the years.
It is great to be recognized and I want to thank the organizers for including me this year”
Gyptian is well known for his hit singles ‘Serious Times’, ‘Mama Don’t Cry’, ‘Beautiful Lady’, ‘Hold You’ and more. His classic single ‘Hold Yuh’ also peaked at No. 77 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 16 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 69 on the Canadian Hot 100. And if that wasn’t a huge milestone in itself, it was also later remixed by the Queen of Rap herself, Nicki Minaj. ‘Hold You’ was also certified Gold in the United States by the RIAA after achieving sales of 500,000 and certified Platinum in the United Kingdom by the BPI after achieving sales of 600,000.
Tameka Reynolds, Gyptian’s manager and co-principal of Free People Entertainment booking agency believes the singer’s durability is due to his ability to stay current. She had this to share:
“As he’s gotten older, Gyptian’s music has evolved, and he’s still a powerhouse in reggae and dancehall today. Gyptian is a symbol for a generation that is all about shattering stereotypes in numerous ways. Gyptian recognizes the crucial role he serves as a role model and a beacon for Jamaicans seeking encouragement to pursue their dreams.”
The awards will take place in the Jamaican Consulate General in New York, located at 767 3rd Avenue.
Sources include: https://www.jamaicaobserver.com, https://www.dancehallmag.com, https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com
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