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September 29, 2005

Canadian Urban Music Awards Recognizes Jazz Drummer Archie Alleyne

Written by
cindy mcleod

Nominations for the Canadian Urban Music Awards were announced at a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday, September 27th, laying the groundwork for the seventh annual presentations ceremony in November. The awards highlight the growth of the industry as much as the talent that populates it, and celebrates black music talent in Canada.

Among the artists to receive nominations are K-os, who is up for fan’s choice, best songwriter, best hip-hop recording, producer of the year and best music video, and Jully Black, with nominations including best new artist and best soul recording for her song Sweat of Your Brown. Other nominees include Keshia Chante and Divine Brown, each receiving four nominations. Some categories include best Hip-Hop recording, best New Artist, best Songwriter, Fan�s Choice, best Soca recording, and best Gospel recording.

There will be two special achievement awards handed out during the ceremony, producer Farley Flex (a judge in the Canadian Idol singing competition), and jazz drummer Archie Alleyne, who will be recognized for their enormous contributions to the community.

Alleyne, who has played with numerous renowned singers including Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and Mel Torme during a career that’s spanned nearly 60 years. Alleyne, who was born in Toronto, says of the award; “This is extremely important for me, the reason being it comes from my community. After 56 years of being in this business it’s nice to be recognized by your own community because I’m always recognized by everyone else. I really feel proud.” He recalled his early years in Toronto, citing the struggles he and others met; “Black musicians couldn’t work on Yonge Street. They wouldn’t be hired. We were very limited. We weren’t recognized,” said Alleyne, who currently plays with jazz collective Kollage.

The Canadian Urban Music Awards will be handed out November 28th and 29th in Toronto. http://www.umac.ca

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