Jamaica’s first Awards celebration that honors women known as Queens of Reggae Island Honourary Ceremonies (QORIHC) was last Tuesday launched at the R Hotel in Kingston.
The New Redbones Hotel on the roof of the R Hotel was the perfect place to launch the event as the location featured a stunning view of the city which gave the perfect view of the busy New Kingston! The crisp evening breeze which seemed to dance to familiar sounds of Reggae in the background through the feet and lips of invited guests gave them a glimpse of what was to come!
QORIHC Media Launch 2019 | The Photo Edition
|Talisa Taylor (left) and Shannon Daley
This year’s launch was hosted by Shannon “Chaos” Dale and Talisa Taylor who was the perfect combination of humor and warmth, got the event started by introducing its conceptualizer and founder Ms.Laurell Nurse to the stage. Nurse then solidified that QORIHC is not an event where women are voted but they are recognized by their peers as deserving of the award.
Next were testimonials by previous Queens notably Jamaican Actress Ms. Dorothy Cunningham who emphasized how important an event like QORIHC is to women and encouraged guests to show their support by attending the event and Dancer/ Choreographer Stacia “Fya” Edwards who reflected on the impact the Awards has had on her career thus far.
The night’s entertainment included performances from Digicel Rising Star’s 2016 2nd place contestant Monifa Goss and Reggae Recording Artiste Khausion who serenaded Jamaica’s first Dancehall Queen Carlene Smith.
QORIHC 2019 Honorary Queens are: Actress Leonie Forbes; Broadcaster Elise Kelly; Singer Judy Mowatt; Dub Poet Cherry Natural; Music Video Director Scorpio21; Businesswoman Kelly Upsetta; singer Ce’Cile; artiste manager Claudette Kemp; gospel singer Shirley Willis; Social Media Influencer/Blogger Lauren O Lauren; Dancehall Choreographer Keiva The Diva; Model Stacy McKenzie; Public Relations Practitioner/arts Marketer Coleen Douglas; and, Businesswoman Tina Matalon.
The night ended with the “5 Kings Panel” discussion on women’s interest and involvement in Entertainment and Dancehall Culture which featured some of Jamaica’s most known male contributors to dancehall and culture on a whole.
Next on the QORIHC schedule of events is the Tea Party on October 19th which we will be reporting live via Instagram @haute_people.
QORIHC Awards Show will be held on October 26, 2019 at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.