Winners: Clockwise from top left; Imari Wade, Jelani, Nahki Wells, Haile Outerbridge and Joanne Ball-Burgess. *File photos
Winners: Clockwise from top left; Imari Wade, Jelani, Nahki Wells, Haile Outerbridge and Joanne Ball-Burgess. *File photos

Those striving and thriving in Bermuda’s entertainment industry have been recognised at the inaugural Fresh TV Awards.

Female rapper Imari Wade was named the Sally Bassett Best Female Artist of 2013 in a year that has seen her win Best Overall Rapper at the HOTT 1075 Hip Hop Challenge Awards.

Returning to Bermuda following a harrowing experience caught up in the Westgate Shopping Mall shoot out in Nairobi, Joanne Ball-Burgess is now in the news on a happier note picking up The Mary Prince International World Cross Over Artist of 2013.

The young Jelani, who is proving to be one of the island’s most promising rap artists, was given the accolade of Curtis Clark D’Block Video Male Rap Artist of 2013.

It was surprising to see no mention of Jahroy ‘Kidd Clazzic’ Richards in a year that saw him pick up the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Rap/Hip Hop single Fly Away.

The late Star Child (Haile Outerbridge) was given a posthumous award for the Hubert Smith Fresh TV Best Song of 2013 for Peace of Mind, along with Lady Candy and D Warning.

The Fresh TV award categories were named after Bermuda’s former entertainment icons to help connect two generations of talent.

As well as entertainment there were a few side categories — Miscellaneous and Sports. Of course Nahki Wells made an appearance here picking up the Clyde Best Fresh Adut Sportsperson of 2013.

The awards were held at a special New Year’s Eve reception at Fresh TV on Court Street.

The full list of winners is as follows: 

Entertainment:

  • Ian Marshall Audio/Video Producer of 2013 — Donald Robinson (Near Future Records)
  • Eddy DeMello Promoter of 2013 — Declan Harris
  • Hubert Smith FreshTV Song of 2013 — Star Child, Lady Candy D Warning
  • Mary Prince International World Cross Over Artist of 2013 — Jo-1 (Joanne Ball-Burgess)
  • Sally Basset Best Female Artist of 2013 – Imari Wade
  • Me One Pauulu Kamarakafego FreshTV Push On of 2013 – Slanger
  • Marcus Garvey Passa Passa Dj Video of 2013 — Hype Type - Bonafide for Life
  • Kelly Zuill Gospel Video of 2013 — Whoppa Benz
  • Choy Aming Promoter for the Ages — Donovan McCoy
  • Talbot Brothers Band of 2013 — Yellow Brick Road
  • Globe Trotter Bermuda Strollers International Travelling Artist of 2013 — Stevie Dread
  • Leon Jones Local Thursday Video Male DJ/Artist of 2013 — E-Levels
  • Lance Hayward Roots N Culture Conscious Video of 2013 — Live Wires, Mercy And Grace
  • Clark Smith Most Improved Artist of 2013 — Rasta Rebel
  • Curtis Clark D’Block Video Male Rap Artist of 2013 — Jelani Palm Tree Living

Misc./Fresh Awards:

  • Freddy Yearwood Entrepreneur of 2013 — Wendell Brown

Sports:

  • EF Gordon - Mazambo Fresh Youth of 2013 — Daniel Phillips
  • Clyde Best Fresh Adult Sportsperson of 2013 — Nahki Wells
  • EB Grant - President’s Choice of 2013 — Bank of Butterfield, Better Health Store (Gerhard & Cathy), David Jr Gibbons