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June 24, 2022

CASH FOR GAS to 100 attendees at African/Caribbean Int'l Fest of Life, July 2nd-4th, Chicago!!
Yes, it will be  a carnival style celebration coming next weekend, July 2-4, 2022 at the 29th African/Caribbean International Festival of Life,  at Washington Park in front of the newly renamed, DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, Chicago. 

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Martin's International head speaks with Daily Gleaner on GRAMMY & IRAWMA

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Governor JB Pritzker and Ephraim Martin talk about DuSable, Chicago Music Awards, and Festival of Life at Harold Washington Centennial Celebration hosted by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and co-hosted by the Governor, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and presented by the Harold Washington Legacy Committee last night at Harold Washington Library, Chicago.


Martin's Intl, 29th African/Caribbean Intl Festival of Life returns in full, July 2nd - 4th in Washington Park. Save the Date! 40th IRAWMA (International Reggae and World Music Awards) in Kingston, Jamaica, next year, May 7th, 2023.
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Ephraim Martin in Jamaica Observer. 

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IRAWMA off this year until 2023

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Robbie Shakespeare, the acclaimed bassist and record producer, died at the age of 68

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Buy One Get One Free, 40th CMA & 29th IFOL- 2022, Martin's Events

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Again we here at Martin's International, regret to announce the passing of another of our long-time team members who had been with us since 1990, Lena Crayton, aka "Wiz". Although she made her transition on July 27th, the news just came to us this week. The arrangement for her homegoing service will be announced soon.  Our deepest and sincerest condolences to her family and friends.    RIP, Wiz.

On behalf of Martin’s International and the Black Heroes Matter (BHM) Coalition we wish to express our sincere condolences to the people of Haiti ... 

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At Martin's International, our hearts are heavy, real heavy as we learned of the passing of Thomas Spann one of our most outstanding team members for greater than 30 years. Our deepest and sincerest condolences to his wife Julie Spann, their two kids, Israel and Naomi, and the rest of the Spann and Lewis families. It was only on June 27th two days following our historic victory for DuSable Lake Shore Drive that Thomas and I did an extended one-hour interview on his radio station in Florida.  Last week he took his daughter to Howard University where she is now studying.  Earlier this week on his way home to Floria from D.C passing through  South Carolina, he passed unexpectedly.  Let's pray for the family as my brother from different blood but the heart rests in peace (RIP).

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U-Roy's Happiest IRAWMA Moment. Receiving Special Reggae50 Award & Performing for the last time... Read, watch and share

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Nothing less than Treason for Trump! Immediate arrest

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Happy New Year to you and your family, with best wishes. At 7pm today watch Koffee and Tony Rebel host the 37th IRAWMA

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How can we stop the Legends from dying? Reggae has lost yet another, and one of its most iconic members in the Person of the Black Heart man, Jah B- Bunny Wailer.  Now all three original members of the Wailers have made their transition.

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Martin's International/IRAWMA'S Condolences to Chyril, Adam and the rest of the family members on the passing of the Hon. Hon. Gordon "Butch" Stewart

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On behalf of Martin's International, (IRAWMA, IFOL, CMA, JSVFEST) and the Black Heroes Matter, we express our deepest and sincere condolences to Dr. Julius Garvey ... Read more...


Congrats to President-Elect Biden & VP-Elect Harris.  On behalf of Martin's International, the Reggae and World Music Industry, and Black Heroes Matter coalition, we congratulate 46th President-Elect Joseph Biden and VP-Elect Kamala Harris on their outstanding defeat of #45..  ... Read more...


2 IRAWMA winning Reggae Legends Died!  Nash at 80 &  "Striker" Lee out at 79!   ... Read more...

Show your love here by clicking the following links: GoFundMe,   and sign the petition here​     

Road to end Systemic Racism and

Chicago’s Founding Father DuSable Holiday,

Street & Monument this

Saturday, July 4th, 12: 00 pm Rally.



Season's Greetings, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!...


Remembering Peter Tosh.  Happy Earthday to my very good friend, Peter Tosh. Thanks for the ital meal and real carrot juice you provided Martin's International team on our last visit to your home in Jamaica in the 1980s.  ... Read more...


To wife Carli Nash, daughter Monica and son John Nash Jr., Nashco team, other family and friends, on behalf of Martin's International -International Reggae and World Music Awardsdebb ( IRAWMA ) and the Reggae and World Music community please accept our deepest condolences. Last year Johnny Nash was a recipient of TheRegge50 Award in Jamaica.   Read more...

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