Reggae star Kabaka Pyramid has won the 2023 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album with his album The Kalling.

Kabaka was announced as the winner during the 65th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, which was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 5.

The ‘Red Gold and Green‘ singer came out ahead of Koffee, who was nominated for her debut album GiftedSean Paul, who was nominated for ScorchaShaggy for Com Fly Wid Mi, and Protoje for Third Time’s The Charm.

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Kabaka, who was accompanied onstage by his mother and other guests, thanked the Recording Academy and the other nominees in the category.

“I can’t believe it. Rastafari Live! Just wanna say thank you to the Academy. Thank you to all the other nominees, who represented Jamaica, representing the Caribbean. Thank you for everybody supporting Reggae music…positive, conscious music,” he began in his acceptance speech.

“Thank you to my mom, Marcia Salmon, my dad, Kipin Salmon, My management team: Abishai Hoilett, Duane McDonald. We just some kids from Kingston, Jamaica.”

He continued: “Big up to Uncle Dulu, big up to YoungPow. Nathalia, who sung on my album as well. Ronnie, my publicist, big up yourself for all the hard work.”

“Much love to Damian Marley, who produced the album. Stephen Marley. And this one is for Jo Mersa Marley, who we lost in December for Taiwo McKenzie and all my family. Nuff Love, Blessings every time. Protoje big up yourself!” 

This was Kabaka’s first nomination for Best Reggae Album.

February 6, 2023

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