Reggae singer Maxi Priest were among eight outstanding Caribbean Americans honoured at the 22nd 22nd Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington on Friday.
The singer received the Luminary award for his outstanding contribution to Reggae music. Maxi Priest whose given name is Max Elliot is the first British-born singer to graduate from the London reggae sound-system Saxon Studio International, introducing the sound of lovers’ rock to a global audience. Before joining Saxon, Maxi embraced Rastafari and served an apprenticeship with South London sound-system Negus Negast and the legendary Jah Shaka. Maxi has adhered to these principles his entire career by making conscious music of all kinds.
Also awarded at the ceremony were Jamaicans Beverley East who received the Forerunner award for her expertise and work in document forensics; and Graphic Designer Michael Thompson, who was presented with the Outstanding Community Service award for pioneering the International Reggae Poster contest.