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Shabba Ranks amongst Four Jamaican Entertainers to be Honored with Order of Distinction

Shabba Ranks

Four of the most popular Jamaican entertainers will be honored with the Order of Distinction at the 2016 Jamaica National Honors and Awards Ceremony in October 2016. The honorees include Mutabaruka, the dub poet whose real name is Allan Roy Hope; Shabba Ranks, born Rexton Gordon, the dancehall star; William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke, legendary reggae artiste; and reggae musician Gregory Isaacs. Mutakbaruka is the first well-known poet among those who emerged in the 1970s and focused on Black empowerment. Shabba Ranks was one of the top dancehall artists during the 1990s and received world-wide recognition for his “toasting” (rapping) instead of singing. He was the winner of two Grammy awards while recording for Epic Records. Clarke was the lead singer of Third World and a top recording artist who began his career in the 1960s and attained global success with his “ 96° in the Shade” album. Isaacs was called “the most exquisite vocalist in reggae” by the New York Times and gained international recognition for tunes like “Night Nurse;” he appeared in the film “Rockers.” Both Isaacs and Clarke died in 2014.

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