Reggae band Morgan Heritage has won its first Grammy Award after more than two decades of doing music.
The band’s bid for the prestigious award was successful ahead of albums like The Cure by Jah Cure, Luciano’s Zion Awake, Barrington Levy’s Acousticalevy, and Rocky Duwani’s Branches of the Same Tree.
Comprising siblings Peetah Morgan, Gramps Morgan, Nakamyah Morgan, Memmalatel Morgan, and the lone female, Una Morgan, the band took to social media to make the announcement: “Words are not enough as we sit here representing reggae music among the best talent in music…Thank you to all our fans and team that played a part of Strictly Roots album! We Won…Yes Rasta”.
Several recording artistes, including John Legend, Stephen Marley, Bunji Garlin, Alaine, Tarrus Riley, Chino, and Freddie McGregor, also congratulated the group via social media.
In a previous interview with The Gleaner, Gramps Morgan said that a Grammy win with their own label – CTBC Music Group – would be a dream come true.
“As a Jamaican reggae band, our father was in the music business and never got nominated, but he dedicated his whole life to ensuring that we had the attributes to be the best musicians, songwriters, and producers that we possibly could be.”
After yesterday’s win, Gramps told The Gleaner that the band would continue to create good music. He also paid homage to some of Jamaica’s musical icons.
“My God! This one is for Jamaica. Big up the people of St Thomas, Jamaica. This is more than an emotion; the feeling is just insane. Big up to Bobby Digital, King Jammys, Donovan Germaine, Fattis Burrell rest in peace, Robert Livingston, Don Corleon. Big up to all a di sound man dem. Shane Brown – a just rockers inna the Juke Box straight. We will continue to bring you the best music ever. Reggae music, dancehall music, straight! Jamaicans, stand up, straight! Rockers inna the bone. Cool to be conscious,” he said.
Jah Cure, who was largely seen as the favorite to win the award due to the commercial success of The Cure, had posted a video on Instagram before the show stating that he was confident of a win. However, up to press time, he was yet to make a follow-up statement.
Reflecting on the win, Mojo Morgan believes the award win was overdue.
“Winning the Grammy is an achievement next to none. While we are grateful for the acknowledgement from our peers, we’re even more grateful for the people behind the music and our fans that kept us going for over 20 years. It’s gratifying and humbling at the same time. Jah is worthy to be praised,” Mojo Morgan said.