Grenada: Cultural Ambassador Hollie “Killa” Mapp of Grenada won the Best Reggae and Dancehall category” at Saturday’s African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA).
The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture congratulates the Cultural Ambassador, Hollie “Killa” Mapp, on winning the “Best Reggae and Dancehall category” at Saturday’s African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA).
Killa was voted as the category’s winner over the likes of Spice, Shenseea, Steff London, Popcaan, and Alkaline. He was presented with the prestigious award at Gilley’s in Dallas, Texas.
The Grenadian Cultural Ambassador stated, “the award was an opportunity for both himself and Caribbean people to believe in themselves and what they can achieve”.
Minister w.r.f Youth, Sports and Culture Ron Redhead said, “on behalf of the people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, I would like to offer our heartiest congratulations on winning the Best Reggae and dancehall category. What Killa has been able to achieve across the globe, through soca music, is truly phenomenal”.
The Minister added, “the achievement has made Grenadians proud and represents yet another high point in the cultural offerings of our country”.
AFRIMMA 2022 was set to further cement the legacy being created by the various talented African musicians. The 9th edition of AFRIMMA was based on the theme ”This is Africa”. It was deemed as the celebration of this time; the time is Africa’sAfrica’s time.
Hollie was nominated for Reggae and Dancehall Award because there is no Soca category, however, due to his uniqueness, love for the art form, astonishing and breathtaking performances shared via social media, and his ability to entertain he was nominated.
Hollie is breaking barriers all over the world he sees this as an opportunity to show the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) what the Caribbean is made of specifically Grenada.
The 9th Edition of the AFFRIMMA under the theme “This is Africa” is set to stage its annual award ceremony and Grenada’s son of the soil Hollice “MR. KILLA” Mapp has been nominated for best Reggae and Dancehall.
What’s even more amazing he was not only nominated but will wow the audience with his top-notch performance.
Hollie is amongst creme de la creme artist such as Spice, Shenseea, Popcaan, and Steff London all from Jamaica, Shatta Whale from Ghana, and Patoran King from Nigeria.
While Hollie is known for his many contributions to the SOCA genre of music- this nomination can be considered as breaking barriers for the art form, considering that he is making history by being the first Soca Artist to be nominated for such an award.
Killa began singing at the age of ten (10) but officially began his career by winning a teen contest at the age of fifteen(15). Two years later he won his first National Soca Monarch in 2004 with “Thunder Rags.” This earned him a place at the renowned international power Soca competition in Trinidad where he placed in the top five.
Killa is the first non-Trinidadian soca singer to win the International Power Soca Monarch but before coping such a title His hit song Rolly Polly captured the hearts of many around the world, an ode to plus-sized women.
He coped the title of International Soca Monarch in Trinidad in 2019 with his then-hit song “Run Wid It”. This AFRIMMA nomination is simply adding to his many accomplishments, according to Hollice without God and the support of his mother, he wouldn’t be who he is.
According to the AFRIMMA this edition is set to celebrate the stellar feat that African Music artists have achieved in the past year. Crossing boundaries with music has always been the fuel behind AFRIMMA awards and the body has consistently uplifted African Music on the world stage.