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Ernie Smith / Press

“Veteran Jamaican Reggae artistes Ernie Smith and Big Youth were each awarded a congressional proclamation in recognition of their contributions to the development of Reggae music, during the salute to reggae culture show here Saturday night.”

“the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) will present reggae veteran Ernie Smith with the Pinnacle Award, its highest honor for an artist when he performs at this year’s staging of its annual Reggae Culture Salute”

“His songs, sung with the trademark baritone that can be compared to Lou Rawls, still play frequently on Jamaican radio. His name still draws smiles of recognition and familiarity when mentioned to any Jamaican.”