The big-name winners at this year’s Juno awards are getting lots of hype and publicity but The Caribbean Camera would like to place the spotlight on an emerging entertainer and vocalist with diverse talent from Spanish Town, Jamaica, who walked away with the Reggae Recording of the Year.
Jeffery ‘Kafinal’ Williams, a Toronto resident known as Canada’s Festival King won for his Nah Complain, a chart-topping collaboration with reggae royalty and veteran singer Daddy Uroy.
On his Facebook, he said: “There is no such thing as impossible … I AM POSSIBLE! That is my testimony which I affirm with each stage of my musical journey. It has been quite an overwhelming weekend from Friday night until this point it has been a wonderful ride.”
He added, “To those of you have been messaging me and posting online and calling with all the congratulatory words and wishes I say thanks which does not even seem enough. As you can imagine answering each message may not be doable but believe that I have seen and felt every sentiment and appreciate it.”
Kafinal said before the journey of Nah Complain began “I knew where I wanted it to lead me, with my vision and focus and the help of so many people who believed in me we have achieved this goal.
“A Juno nomination was good but getting the award was the goal come to fruition.”
Nah Complain climbed to No. 1 on the Foundation Radio Network’s Top 30 Reggae Chart, Puggy Simeon’s Reggae Review Top 10 and Rebel Vibez Canadian Reggae Chart.
The single also spent a whopping eight weeks at the coveted No. 1 spot on the Rebel Vibez Chart and held the top1 spot on various charts in the U.S., U.K. and Jamaica.
Scarborough-born The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, won a number of awards including Album of the Year for Behind the madness, Single of the Year – Can’t feel my face; R&B / Soul Recording of the Year – Beauty behind the madness; Songwriter of the Year and Artist of the Year.
Justin Bieber won the Juno Fan Choice Award while Drake won Rap Recording of the Year over two nominees of Caribbean heritage, Kardinal Offishall, born to Jamaican parents, and k-os, born Kevin Brereton whose parents are from Trinidad and Tobago. Britain’s Adele won best International Album of the Year and Video of the Year.
The Juno Awards took place in Calgary Sunday night hosted by eight-time Juno winner Jann Arden and The Amazing Race Canada host Jon Montgomery.
Among those who made appearances were Kindinal Offishall, Alan Doyle, Nickelback, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly.