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BMI Adds Reggae Genre to Roster

Posted: April 10, 2012
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After almost one year of persistent efforts, “The Official Worldwide Reggae Embassy” has finally achieved recognition during the song registration process for Reggae, Dancehall and Soca from BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.), a major performance rights society.

Christina Grand, Director of Operations for the Reggae Embassy says this is a huge victory and just the first step in gaining Reggae, Dancehall and Soca music the recognition it deserves within the music industry.

BMI was founded in 1939 as a writer’s society to collect royalties on behalf of writers of music; authors and composers.

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The station officially went on air on August 1, 1990. Reggae in the morning, Reggae in the evening, Reggae in the night was the cry. Critics said it was impossible to sustain a 24-hour Reggae music station. In fact, so strong was the impact, it proved that this format was something the Jamaican public yearned for. The 'little station that could' got all media houses in Jamaica to stand up and take note.

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