MALAWIAN HIP-HOP SUPERSTAR TAY GRIN TO PERFORM AT BEFFTA UK 2014

TAY GRIN LIVE AT BEFFTA UK 2014

TAY GRIN LIVE AT BEFFTA UK 2014

Malawi’s hip-hop superstar Tay Grin is ready to rock BEFFTA UK 2014 in London with his electrifying performance. This will be the second time the Channel O award-wining rapper jets into the country this year after his major tour in August-September, where he performed at the Commonwealth Festival in Scotland, Manchester and Nottingham.

The 6th BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) awards is on 24th and 25th October at The Hippodrome. Stars from US, Africa, Canada, UK the Caribbean and the rest of Europe are expected to turn up in large number. BEFFTA awards honours and celebrates talented personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.

Tay Grin fondly known as the ‘Nyau King’ in his country is currently promoting his new single titled ‘The Beach’. A song that talks about the beauty of Malawi and the Southern African countries culture. The track is from the star’s forthcoming untitled third album.

SIBLINGS AGE 5 AND 9 SET TO MAKE HISTORY AT BEFFTA UK 2014

BEFFTA YOUNGEST PERFORMERS

BEFFTA YOUNGEST PERFORMERS

Kieyen and Khaliyl are about to make history as the youngest duo to headline Europe’s biggest award ceremony for black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts(BEFFTA). At the tender age of 5 and 9, these sensational children have already have already caught worldwide attention and rocked the entertainment industry with their video content, generating millions of YouTube views and gaining a mass of celebrity fans.

The 6th BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) awards is on 24th and 25th October at The Hippodrome. Stars from US, Africa, Canada, UK the Caribbean and the rest of Europe are expected to turn up in large number. BEFFTA awards honours and celebrates talented personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.

Kieyan(9) is not only a rapper but a producer and has been credited at Britain’s next big producer on the rise by UK mega hip hop website The Jump Off. He also set out to inspire his peers by writing a song called I GET A’s’ and started a T-shirt line to accompany this anthem that helped build the esteem of young children. Meanwhile Khaliyl(5) was only 2 years old when his video caused a storm of global attention and he featured on the Ellen Degeneres Show in the US. The siblings have showcased a powerful gift featured on global mainstream media winning the hearts of millions. They are part of a family empire, their father Femi and Mother Roucheon are both award-winning artists and CEO of the brand FERO.

Dutch Idol Star Nathalie Makoma to Headline BEFFTA UK 2014

Dutch Idol Star Nathalie Makoma to headline BEFFTA UK awards in London

Dutch Idol Star Nathalie Makoma to headline BEFFTA UK awards in London

Europe’s stage diva and star of Dutch Idol Nathalie Makoma is the headline act at BEFFTA UK 2014 awards ceremony. The pop and R&B singer previously signed by Sony BMG is expected to entertain the audience with her electrifying performance. Nathalie who also came second on celebrity TV series ‘Dancing With The Stars’ is also currently promoting her new single ONE MORE TRY.

The 6th BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) awards is on 24th and 25th October at The Hippodrome. Stars from US, Africa, Canada, UK the Caribbean and the rest of Europe are expected to turn up in large number. BEFFTA awards honours and celebrates talented personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.

BREAKING NEWS: BEFFTA AWARDS UK 2014 PUBLIC NOMINATIONS FOR THE GRAND 6TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY IS OFFICIALLY OPEN

BEFFTA 2014 PUBLIC NOMINATIONS

BEFFTA 2014 PUBLIC NOMINATIONS

Europe’s biggest award ceremony celebrating black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts has officially opened it’s grand 6th year anniversary public nominations.  BEFFTA awards, founded by entrepreneur, TV presenter and philanthropist Pauline Long in 2009 is back for the 6th year to celebrate greatness within the African and Caribbean community.

The 6th year BEFFTA UK anniversary is set to take place on 24th and 25th October at The Hippodrome. The awards ceremony is  expected to be celebrated in a very grand style bringing together several international and UK stars under one roof with a common goal to celebrate and honour both unknown and known hard working and extremely talented personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.

With legendary personality Sir Trevor McDonald celebrated at past BEFFTA UK with a lifetime achievement award, BEFFTA awards UK team looks forward to celebrating yet another deserving legend who will be revealed soon.

The general public can nominate in the following categories by sending names and details of nominees to nominations@beffta.com

Entertainment Category

Music

  1. Best Female Act
  2. Best Male Act
  3. Best Gospel Act
  4. Best International Act
  5. Best UK AfroBeats Act
  6. Best UK Caribbean Act
  7. Best International Afrobeats Act
  8. Best International Caribbean Act
  9. Best Producer
  10. Best Video Director
  11. Best Music Video Producer
  12. Best Music Video DOP
  13. Best Music Video

Dance

  1. Best Dance Act
  2. Best Dance Choreographer

Comedy

  1. Best Comedian

Radio

  1. Station of the year
  2. Radio personality of the year

Newspapers/Magazines/Blogs

  1. Best Community Newspaper
  2. Magazine of the year
  3. Journalist of the year
  4. Blog of the year

Events

  1. Best Events Promoter

DJ

  1. DJ of the year

Photographers

  1. Best Photographer

Fashion Designers

  1. Best Male Fashion Designer
  2. Best Female Fashion Designer

Stylists

  1. Best Hair Stylist
  2. Best Wardrobe Stylist

Make-up Artists

  1. Best Make-up Artist

Fashion Choreographers

  1. Best Fashion Choreographer

Models

  1. Best male model
  2. Best female model
  3. Best Modelling Agency

Beauty Pageants

  1. Best Beauty Pageant
  2. Best Beauty Queen
  3. Best Former Beauty Queen
  4. Best Beauty Pageant Director

Film Category

  1. Best director
  2. Best Actor
  3. Best Actresses
  4. Best Film
  5. Best screenwriter/Scriptwriter
  6. Best theatre production
  7. Best Cinematographer
  8. Best Producer

TV Category

  1. Best Actress
  2. Best Actor:
  3. Best TV Station
  4. Best TV Show
  5. Best TV personality
  6. Best presenter
  7. Best Webseries
  8. Best online TV

ART Category

  1. Best Spoken Word Artist/Poets
  2. Best Art Director
  3. Best Author

BEFFTA UK Special Awards 2014

  1. BEFFTA YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD
  2. BEFFTA INSPIRATION AWARD
  3. BEFFTA FASHION ICON
  4. BEFFTA FILM ICON
  5. BEFFTA ENTERTAINMENT ICON
  6. BEFFTA MEDIA ICON
  7. BEFFTA CREATIVE PERSONALITY
  8. BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD
  9. BEFFTA LEADERSHIP AWARD
  10. BEFFTA FEMALE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
  11. BEFFTA MALE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

BEFFTA UK public nominations will close on 28th August 2014.

For more information visit www.beffta.com/news

To sponsor BEFFTA UK 2014 6th year grand anniversary email info@beffta.com

To get involved in BEFFTA UK 2014 6th year grand anniversary email info@beffta.com

BEFFTA AWARDS UK 2013 2 DAY EXTRAVAGANZA BROUGHT STARS TOGETHER

BEFFTA AWARDS 2013 - 25TH AND 26TH OCTOBER

BEFFTA AWARDS 2013 - 25TH AND 26TH OCTOBER

Day 2 of BEFFTA awards saw stars come out in large numbers to celebrate one another in an extremely glamorous evening with a record-breaking 88 awards given out. BEFFTA UK awards held over 2 days celebrated talent from entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts. The two nights hosted by BEFFTA founder Pauline Long, Capital Xtra radio personality Abrantee Boateng and poet Alim Kamara were truly inspirational with some of the most unsung talent being honoured. Amongst personalities to receive special honorary awards was entertainment icon BB Seaton, supermodel Nana Afua Antwi received young achiever award and veteran community event organiser and founder of Miss Jamaica UK received BEFFTA female lifetime achievement award. …..

Full list of  BEFFTA UK 2013 winners:

  1. Best Female Act: Beverly Knight
  2. Best Male Act: Wiley
  3. Best Unsigned Act: Roucheone
  4. Best Gospel Act: Lurine Cato
  5. Best International Gospel Act: Emmy Kosgey
  6. Best International Act: Jose Chameleone
  7. Best UK reggae  Act: Vivian Jones
  8. Best International Caribbean Act: Bennie Man
  9. Best Producer: Mafia and Fluxy
  10. Best Video Director: Dego Visionz
  11. Best Music Video Producer: Mastermind media
  12. Best Music Video DOP: Nang TV
  13. Best Music Video: Dbanj(Oliver Twist)
  14. Best record label: Stringray Records
  15. Best Comedian: Anne Kansiime
  16. Best Newspaper: Trumpet
  17. Journalist of the year: Noellin Imoh
  18. Best community website: CaribDirect
  19. Best Hair Stylist: JDFK
  20. Best Wardrobe Stylist: Style Check by Dee
  21. Best Make-up artist: Libeks Beauty Consultant
  22. Best Beauty Pageant: Miss Black Africa
  23. Best Beauty Queen: Chanice Thompson
  24. Best Beauty Pageant Director: Dele Onabowu
  25. Best Former Beauty queen: Gloria Elongo
  26. Best film director: Niyi Towolawi
  27. Best film Actor: Ikenna Obi
  28. Best film Actresses: Yvonne Hays
  29. Best Film: Turning Point
  30. Best Short Film: Violet( Directed by Jett Jermaine)
  31. Best screenwriter/Scriptwriter: Freddy Kruga
  32. Best Cinematographer:Nelson Spyke
  33. Best film Producer:Theodora Ibekwe
  34. Best events promoter: Focus Organisation
  35. Best Art Director: Reuben Joseph
  36. Best Spoken Word artist/Poet: Alim Kamara
  37. DJ of the year: Dj Mkhukhwini
  38. Best UK Afrobeats: Fuse ODG
  39. Best UK Caribbean act : Stylo G
  40. International Afrobeats Acts: Atumpan
  41. Best Photographer: Josh Daniels Photography
  42. Best Male Fashion Designer: Kwame Koranteng
  43. Best Female Fashion Designer: Zuwa Re
  44. Best Fashion Choreographer: Malisha Da Queen
  45. Best male model: Hassan Reese
  46. Best female model: Siobhan C Ridguard
  47. Best Modelling Agency: Face4Music
  48. Best TV Actress: Moji Bamtefa
  49. Best TV Actor: Wil Johnson
  50. Best TV Station: VOX Africa
  51. Best TV Show: Naija Bites (OH TV)
  52. Best TV personality: Mary Shittu
  53. Best presenter: Uncle and Mistar
  54. Best Webseries: Brothers With No Game
  55. Best online TV: Tea With The Duchess
  56. Best Voice Over artist: Patrick Mckenzie
  57. Best Author: Ferdinard Lawson
  58. Best theatre production: Epic Adventure of Nhamo and Manyika Warrior
  59. Radio Station of the year: Tropical FM
  60. Radio personality of the year: Veronica Gordon
  61. Magazine of the year: Keep The Faith Magazine
  62. Blog of the year: Kickin’ it with the kinks
  63. Best dance act: Unique Silver Dancers
  64. Best dance choreographer: Ezekiel Koleosho

BEFFTA AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE 5TH YEAR GRAND CELEBRATION

BEFFTA AWARDS 2013 - 25TH AND 26TH OCTOBER

BEFFTA AWARDS 2013 - 25TH AND 26TH OCTOBER

Stars gathered at the opening ceremony of BEFFTA awards UK to celebrate 5 years of the award ceremony hosted by spoken word artist Alim Karama and BEFFTA founder Pauline Long. Amongst special guests on the night were honourable MP George Galloway, activist and  race relations campaigner Lee Jasper who was honoured with a special honorary award. Paralympic champion who is also a model and actress received BEFFTA inspirational award while Ugandan comedian Anne Kansiime made her first debut in London by winning her first ever international award in UK ; BEFFTA BEST COMEDIAN.

Day 2 hosted by Capital xtra presenter of the celebration will take place today with many guests including BEFFTA special honour recipient Sam Sarpong who flew in from LA with his MTV crew. Sam will be picking BEFFTA FASHION ICON award today.

The full list of last night’s winners are below:

  1. Best Female Act: Beverly Knight
  2. Best Male Act: Wiley
  3. Best Unsigned Act: Roucheone
  4. Best Gospel Act: Lurine Cato
  5. Best International Gospel Act: Emmy Kosgey
  6. Best International Act: Jose Chameleone
  7. Best UK Caribbean Act: Vivian Jones
  8. Best International Caribbean Act: Bennie Man
  9. Best Producer: Mafia and Fluxy
  10. Best Video Director: Dego Visionz
  11. Best Music Video Producer: Mastermind media
  12. Best Music Video DOP: Nang TV
  13. Best Music Video: Dbanj(Oliver Twist)
  14. Best record label: Stringray Records
  15. Best Comedian: Anne Kansiime
  16. Best Newspaper: Trumpet
  17. Journalist of the year: Noellin Imoh
  18. Best community website: CaribDirect
  19. Best Hair Stylist: JDFK
  20. Best Wardrobe Stylist: Style Check by Dee
  21. Best Make-up artist: Libeks Beauty Consultant
  22. Best Beauty Pageant: Miss Black Africa
  23. Best Beauty Queen: Chanice Thompson
  24. Best Beauty Pageant Director: Dele Onabowu
  25. Best Former Beauty queen: Gloria Elongo
  26. Best film director: Niyi Towolawi
  27. Best film Actor: Ikenna Obi
  28. Best film Actresses: Yvonne Hays
  29. Best Film: Turning Point
  30. Best Short Film: Violet( Directed by Jett Jermaine)
  31. Best screenwriter/Scriptwriter: Freddy Kruga
  32. Best Cinematographer:Nelson Spyke
  33. Best film Producer:Theodora Ibekwe
  34. Best events promoter: Focus Organisation
  35. Best Art Director: Reuben Joseph
  36. Best Spoken Word artist/Poet: Alim Kamara

UK NOLLYWOOD FILM PRODUCER THEODORA IBEKWE RECEIVES BEFFTA HONORARY AWARD

BEFFTA RISING STAR AWARD - THEODORA IBEKWE

BEFFTA RISING STAR AWARD - THEODORA IBEKWE-OYEBADE

UK Nollywood Superstar and Producer of the highly successful move – Shameful Deceit, Theodora Ibekwe-Oyebade, has been honoured with a BEFFTA RISING STAR award.

Born and raised in Edo State, Theodora Ibekwe-Oyebade originally hails from Owerri in Imo State, Nigeria. Considered a child prodigy by her primary tutors, Theodora’s parents wanted her to pursue education as far as she could take it. This led to a certificate in Education at Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State and later on she studied Accounting at the University of Lagos. Even though she excelled in academics, Theodora also greatly admired entertainers and all things entertainment. After her University education, she decided to move to the UK in order to seek out other opportunities.

The multi-award winner and who regularly graces the cover of UK-African magazines, she founded the Miss Elegant international a beauty pageant in 2009. This really propelled her into the limelight and a few years later, she took the pageant one step further with the Miss Elegant international TV show. The TV show aired on the only African TV station at the time; BEN TV. Through this medium, she became a well-known promoter in the African-UK entertainment industry. An avid entrepreneur at heart, she then became a Director with Starlywood (www.starlywood.com), which is competition-based talent show, which is aimed at discovering young Black talent in the UK. With offers pouring in from African celebrities  for her to promote and consult on their entertainment projects, Theodora then created Theodora PR, a media and consultancy PR firm for Black talent in the diaspora(www.theodoraibekwepr.com)

A chance encounter as a stand-in MC at an event introduced her to George Kelly Toghanro. Incidentally, George was casting for a new movie with Nollywood star Jim Iyke, and was so impressed by her performance that he offered her the lead role. This led to her big break in movies. She then went on to star in other movies and last February 2013, took on her first role as a producer for the movie Shameful Deceit; which recorded the highest attended African movie premiere in any Odeon cinemas in the UK.

Theodora Ibekwe -Oyebade recently tied the knot and the budding entrepreneur continues to create opportunities for herself in the UK-African entertainment industry.

She has supported and helped raise funds for various charities and has received 15 awards. She has also spearheaded many events including pageants and movie premieres. Recently, she was made the Face of ZAFAA (Zulu African Film Academy Awards) 2013-14.

“Theodora Ibekwe’s story is very intriguing, she has set an example for many people who wish to start from nothing to something great in a tough industry to crack, we are happy to honour her with this special award,” said BEFFTA founder Pauline Long.

The star will pick up the BEFFTA RISING STAR AWARD on 25th October at the grand BEFFTA UK  AWARDS celebration at Hippodrome, Golders Green in the presence of an international audience. Previous recipients of BEFFTA special honorary awards include the legendary broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, Nollywood superstar Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, international designer Adebayo Jones and many more.

CNN HERO BETTY MAKONI RECEIVES BEFFTA HUMANITARIAN AWARD

BETTY MAKONI RECEIVES BEFFTA HUMANITARIAN AWARD

BETTY MAKONI RECEIVES BEFFTA HUMANITARIAN AWARD

BEFFTA awards UK team are please to honour CNN Hero and philanthropist Betty Makoni with a special honorary award; BEFFTA HUMANITARIAN AWARD. Betty Makoni`s experiences shaped her to be the advocate and champion for girls rights she is today. Orphaned at age 9, she grew up as one of the most poorest and marginalised African girls in the early 1980s and the education she attained up to degree level was through the Work For Your Education program where she became a child labourer at a middle girls` catholic school in Zimbabwe and it is this experience that shaped her to be the humanitarian she is today. In 1998 she founded the Girl Child Network in her home country and gave her time fundraising in order to build Girls Empowerment Villages that rehabilitated over 70 000 girls sexually abused. Realising what she had done to empower herself as a poor girl , she went back into the poorest areas of Zimbabwe with a leadership and mentorship program that inspired, motivated and empowered over 350 000 girls in school based clubs. Today Girl Child Network is a model replicated in six African countries with her volunteer time to train, nurture and support many leaders. Even though many associate Betty Makoni with formation of Girl Child Network only, she has many organisations she formed like Ray of Hope in Zimbabwe which supports survivors of domestic violence at grassroots level. Her life was spent volunteering to shape policies and strategies of other big organisations like Oxfam Novib, UNAIDS and currently she is dedicated to supporting the work of Restored UK as a Trustee to ensure there is a strong global alliance to stop violence against women. Girls round the world have expressed gratitude to Muzvare Betty Makoni as they passionately call her by writing her story and making it a life donation that has inspired and empowered many girls round the world. One of her girls she admires the most Memory Bandera set up Girl Child Network Uganda where she helps many girls.

For all her hard and passionate work she has been featured by major television stations and global newspapers like Metro UK just recently as Woman of Courage, CNN, BBC, Huffington Post, Channel Five UK, New York Times, Marie Claire, Voice of America, The South African to name but a few. The world has responded by documenting the success of her work and the many beneficiaries whose lives were saved or transformed. CNN, Dalai Lama, World Children`s Prize and My Hero`s Project awarded Betty Makoni as a hero. Zimbabwe Institute of Management awarded their first national contribution to Betty Makoni. Her tribe where she is a royal officially conferred the Title Muzvare- Her Royal Highness The Princess to Betty Makoni for saving girls lives. To her name are 34 global awards from the most Prestigious organisations in the world making her the most awarded African women where with the Decade Global Child Rights hero she became one of the honorary winners alongside President Nelson Mandela. Despite the challenges, persecutions and trials and tribulations, Betty Makoni has not stopped her humanitarian work to rescue and protect the most vulnerable women and children wherever she sees them suffering. She has become the spokesperson and advocate of the voiceless. She recently published her second book entitled Never again, not to any woman or girl again and has gone to inspire and speak to many women round the globe on the need to strengthen their work and build sustainable income at grass-root level to support whatever innovative strategies that alleviate poverty and violence. Her efforts are focused in creating the Girls Empowerment and Education Fund to be managed by Girl Child Network Worldwide ensuring marginalised girls in Africa get support for their projects without bureaucracy and delays leading to loss of lives and human potential. She is developing her career as a gender based violence expert hence recently she was selected to be part of the Team of experts to work on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict an initiative by Foreign office. She says that for her life she will work to save the most vulnerable and powerless women and girls and those invisible.

On bestowing this special honour to a special woman, Pauline Long who is BEFFTA founder said, “this is a fitting tribute to a special woman who has dedicated her entire life to being a voice for abused women and girls, we are pleased to honour Betty Makoni.”

Betty will pick up the BEFFTA HUMANITARIAN AWARD on 25th October at the grand BEFFTA UK  AWARDS celebration at Hippodrome, Golders Green in the presence of an international audience. Previous recipients of BEFFTA special honorary awards include the legendary broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, Nollywood superstar Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, international designer Adebayo Jones and many more.

TALENTED MUSICIAN JOSEPH ROSS RECEIVES BEFFTA HONORARY AWARD

JOSEPH ROSS RECEIVES BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD

JOSEPH ROSS RECEIVES BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD

International talented musician Joseph Ross has been honoured with a BEFFTA special award BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD. Joseph Ross is a professional musician working at the highest level for the last 26 years. He has travelled extensively across the world touring many countries including Japan, South Africa, America and also throughout Europe, playing in various venues ranging from the small and intimate to arenas and huge outdoor stadiums.  Joseph has a flair for music and a gift that produces the finest  acoustic sounds and melody that  has allowed  listeners from all walks of life to be entertained.

Working in the capacity of Musical Director (MD) for twelve years, Joseph has built up a great reputation within the industry as a result of his creativity and attention to detail.  He has  had the pleasure of forming  rewarding relationships with major record companies such as Polydor and Sony BMG and numerous management executives on a one-to-one basis. Joseph is known for composing and arranging music for tours which also includes working alongside show directors and choreographers,  arranging and producing music and vocals for CD singles, radio, TV performances and  DVDs.

Within his MD capacity,  Joseph has worked with Will Young for a period of five years, James Brown, JLS, Lemar, S Club 7, Gareth Gates, Eternal, MKS, Joss Stone, Patti LaBelle, Jamelia, Coolio, Notorious BIG, Shola Ama, Mark Morrison, Lionel Richie,  Girls Aloud and so many other musical artist.

Joseph has shared his gift within the Music industry, his great personality and incredible sense of humour  allows him to be one of the finest musician that has ever lived.  A “God given “ talent that has crossed over within cultural boundaries, entertained many,  endured the best and worst of times”….yet still, Joseph Ross   is able to deliver a sterling performance over and over again.  This BEFFTA award is given as a reflection of what Joseph produces……nothing short of excellence !!!

BEFFTA founder Pauline Long said, “Joseph Ross is the real reason BEFFTA exists, a talented personality that has shaped many people’s career. It is surely time to honour him.”

The talented musician will pick up the BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD on 26th October at the grand BEFFTA UK  AWARDS celebration at Hippodrome, Golders Green in the presence of an international audience. Previous recipients of BEFFTA special honorary awards include the legendary broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, Nollywood superstar Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, international designer Adebayo Jones and many more.

LEGENDARY REGGAE STAR BB SEATON RECEIVES SPECIAL BEFFTA HONORARY AWARD

BB SEATON RECEIVES BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD

BB SEATON RECEIVES BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD

BEFFTA UK awards is pleased to honour legendary reggae artist BB Seaton BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD for his wonderful contribution to the industry for over 45 years. BB Seaton christened Harris Lloyd, born September 3rd  1944 under the star sign Virgo, is a rare combination of talent. A singer with a soulful voice, a qualified musician, producer and is credited as one of the most prolific song writers in the history of Jamaican music. He was educated at Cornwall College. BB Started singing and writing songs from his high school days and grew up listening to groups like the Platters, the Drifters, Temptations and the Four Tops to name but a few.

He had his first big hit in Jamaica when teaming up with Delano Stewart and Maurice Roberts to form the Gaylads. They recorded the hit single, “Lady with the Red Dress” on Clement Dodd’s Studio One label in 1967. After ten years of working with companies in Jamaica like Studio One, Tip Top Records, Beverly’s Records and Treasure Isle Records as Artist, A&R, Producer, Writer, Musician and Backing Vocalist, BB decided to go solo.

In 1972 he recorded his first solo single “Accept My Apology” which was an instant hit and there was no turning back from then on. His version of Bill Withers “Lean On Me”, Persuaders, “Thin line Between Love & Hate”,

To date BB has seventeen albums to his credit.

As a Record Producer, he has had hits like “Laugh It Off” by Phil Francis, “Tonight Is the Night” by Claudette Miller. As a writer, BB has written songs for top Jamaican and English artists like Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Dennis Brown, Delroy Wilson. He served as executive member of and Vice President of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians; he received the El Suzie Award as best song writer and the Jamaican Cultural Development Awards, in 1981 – 1982 for pioneering Jamaican music as a singer and songwriter. In 1997 he received the MKB Denoes & Geddes Award for his 38 years of invaluable contribution to the development and growth of Jamaican music since 1959; he received the IRWMA (International Reggae & World Music) life time achievement in the Hall Of Fame Award in 2007 & the Reggae Heritage Award in 2008. His ambition is to write a song that the whole world will sing.

The star will pick up the BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD on 26th October at the grand BEFFTA UK  AWARDS celebration at Hippodrome, Golders Green in the presence of an international audience. Previous recipients of BEFFTA special honorary awards include the legendary broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, Nollywood superstar Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, international designer Adebayo Jones and many more.