All hail Shabba Ranks O.D Featured

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  Shabba Ranks is the Emperor of dancehall music. Known for hit singles such as Mr Loverman, House Call, Trailer Load A Girls, Wicked Inna Bed, Caan Dun, and Ting A Ling, the iconic deejay will be awarded an Order of Distinction (OD) at the rank of officer by the Jamaican government for his contribution to music. The ceremony will take place at King’s House in St Andrew.  


He earned two Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Albums: As Raw As Ever (1992) and X-tra Naked (1993). The St Ann-born, Seaview Gardens-raised deejay subsequently migrated to New York.

 The entertainment/arts are strongly represented at today’s ceremony. Deejay Shabba Ranks, singers the late William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke and Gregory Isaacs, and painter Cecil Cooper have also been awarded ODs (Officer class). Chris Chin, president of VP Records, and sculptors Cecil Cooper and Basil Watson have been awarded the OD Commander class.


Bunny Rugs, former lead singer of Third World, died in February 2014. Isaacs died in October 2010. Cooper passed away last month.

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