Martin’s International Culture

Martin’s International Culture
11 Dec 2015

Ephraim M. Martin, entrepreneur, publisher and TV personality is the founder and chairman of three prestigious annual events: The Chicago Music Awards (CMA); The International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) and The International Festival of Life (IFOL). In 1982, Martin established Martin’s International Culture a not for profit arts organization to promote the cultures, heritage, music, food, arts and overall way of life of African/Caribbean/Mexico/South and Central America and the United States.

Since its inception in 1982, the Chicago Music Awards (CMA), the Chicago Music Awards celebrates and recognizes the quality and diversity of music and artistry. Each year the CMA recognizes Chicago’s best and brightest home-produced talent and has given Awards to Kanye West, Smashing Pumpkins, Lou Rawis, Chaka Khan, Robert Townsend, R Kelly, Curtis Mayfield, Buddy Guy, The Mightly Dells, Jerry Butler, Oscar Brown Jr., Albertina Walker, Ramsey Lewis, Dick Buckley, Sir George Solti, The Chi-Lites, Pop Staples, Umphry’s McGhee, Jerimih, Patty Jo Timmons and Von Freeman among others.

The mission of the International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), established in 1982, is to  acknowledge and honor the accomplishments and contributions of reggae and world music artists, including: songwriters, performers, promoters and musicians. Produced by Martin’s International , the IRAWMA has been staged in many major cities including: Atlanta, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New Orleans, New York as well as Port of Spain, Trinidad and  both Montego Bay and Ocho Rios in Jamaica. The impetus behind the IRAWMA is its commitment to promoting greater participation and acceptance of Reggae, Caribbean and World Music, Internationally.


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