Machel Montano gets prestigious American Foundation for the University of the West Indies award

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 20:00

Soca artiste Machel Montano has been awarded the ‘Robert “Bob” Nesta Marley Award' by the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies at its Legacy Gala in New York City last night.

This award is given to individuals of Caribbean heritage who, through their efforts and contribution to community have been able to shine a global spotlight on issues impacting the Caribbean.

The awards honour notable individuals from the US and the Caribbean, all of whom represent high levels of achievement within their respective fields.

The ‘Robert “Bob” Nesta Marley Award’ is usually given to an individual/group for their contribution to society and to the advancement of arts and culture, transcending race, colour, creed and geographies; to unite people worldwide in a spirit that embodies the essence of the music and lyrics of Bob Marley. 

Previous recipients of the award have included Jimmy Cliff, Danny Glover, Judith Jamison, Spike Lee, and Jessye Norman.

Now in its 19th year, proceeds from the Gala provide an average of 50 scholarships annually for students across The UWI’s four campuses.

Photo: Machel Montano's Instagram - Paxton Baker, Machel Montano, AJ Calloway, Danny Glover and Dahved Levy.