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    Best Local Rap Group - Slip 'N Slide Records

    Okay, so it's not a rap group. It's a label. It's a lifestyle. It's the Dirty South, straight outta Liberty City. Founded in 1994 by Ted Lucas and home to Miami's number one nann, Trick Daddy, Slip 'N Slide represents the 305 to thugs worldwide. A gr...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Local Heavy-Metal Album - War to End All Wars

    Miami's own heavy-metal warrior by way of Sweden and Los Angeles, Yngwie Malmsteen has settled on a novel solution to the ol' "Hope I Die Before I Get Old" quandary that plagues so many aging rock singers. Sure he still pens the same Dungeons and Dra...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Local Jazz Album - Detroit Meets Chicago

    It's hard enough to be a working jazzman in South Florida, let alone one who treads the avant-garde side of the tracks. So rather than worry about pleasing club owners searching for nothing more than background noise, saxophonist Keshavan Maslak (a.k...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Local Electronica Release - Brownout

    For two young men who appear smiling goofily in virtually every picture snapped over the past year by their increasing number of international media admirers, Phoenecia's Romulo del Castillo and Josh Kay sure produce some creepy music. Indeed Brownou...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Record Label - Beta Bodega Coalition

    Awarding kudos to a record label may seem a bit odd initially. After all, it's the artists that make the all-important music. The labels simply are a conduit to the public. It's hard to imagine saluting, say Sony Records, for its selfless contributio...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Musical Rejuvenation - Luis Bofill

    An artist's muse can be tricky to pin down. It's easy to recognize when a musician is in touch with it, drawing on some vibrant inner force. But what exactly causes that creative well to run dry? Fans of the singer and original Grupo Nostalgia band l...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Use Of A High School Marching Band - Trick Daddy's "Shut Up"

    Can you define Southern rap? We mean beyond the obvious identifier of being made by rappers raised in the South. (Gee, thanks, professor!) Is there a telltale sign, an ingredient that makes a song undeniably from below the Mason-Dixon Line? Well, for...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Concert Of The Past Twelve Months - The Shirley Horn Trio

    An evening of exquisite understatement began when pianist-vocalist Shirley Horn took the stage at the Coral Gables Congregational Church and caressed the keyboard as she hadn't in Miami since the late Eighties. Joined by drummer Steve Williams and ba...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Concert Series - Rhythm Foundation

    Not even Hurricane Debby could rain out the Rhythm Foundation, the organization that for thirteen years has brought the very best in world music to Miami. When a twenty-minute downpour drenched the North Shore Community Bandshell in Miami Beach where...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Local Songwriter - Rafelito Marerro

    Beloved Dominican television host Rafelito Marerro began his career at age four, dancing rumba with the voluptuous starlet Tongolele in the Fifties. In the Sixties he earned the nickname "pampered child of Dominican society," for his talk shows featu...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Rock Vocalist (Female) - Lady Bug

    Lady Bug, Lady Bug, fly on the microphone! Your lyrics set fires; your message hits home! No woman or man, from her witty acoustic pan, can take on the global-military-industrial-masculine-musical-complex as well as she can.

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Local Pop Band - The Tiny Show

    This is the nightmare: Madame de Boredom and her band are on stage again. Off in the shadows stands a juggler from Hollywood. Suddenly out of nowhere he leaps onstage. The juggler goes for the jugular! Madame de Boredom runs out. The reality is that ...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Local Haitian Band - Adjah

    Founded by Richard Laguerre, formerly of the popular roots band Boukan Ginen, the Haitian rasin group Adjah conjures the talents of dyaspora musicians living in Miami, including Georgina Padilla, Jean Francois Damas, Carline Ruiz, Jocelyn E. Gourdet,...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Band Name - The Mary Tyler Whores

    Oh, Mr. Graaaaant!

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Jazz Radio Program - China's Jazz Thing

    Revered jazz DJ China Valles won't let a little pink slip keep him from spinning his magic over the airwaves. As long as his blood is pumping, the 74-year-old "Mahj" (short for Maharajah Purveyor of Swirls, as Duke Ellington named him) says he'll kee...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Reggae Radio Program - Sounds of the Caribbean

    Spin the FM dial and there's no shortage of reggae music to be heard. Commercial juggernaut WEDR-FM (99.1) gives time to the latest hits out of Kingston, a slew of local pirate stations pump out a steady diet of gruff dancehall, and Saturday afternoo...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Local Acoustic Performer - Angela Patua

    You've heard of drum and bass? Angela Patua does drum and voice, bouncing her melodies against the beat in a crude counterpoint that originated long ago in Nigeria and needs no electricity. Patua also does guitar and voice. Her syncopated strumming i...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best House Band - The Don Wilner Quintet

    To hear these guys smoke through a number on Tuesday nights is to infuse your life with a sudden dash of Fifties cool. You'll walk away feeling sharper. You'll want to crease your trousers and wear shades inside. Eddie Higgins's fingers float over th...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Local Jazz Artist - Jesse Jones, Jr.

    Jazz critics like to carve up their chosen terrain into two diametrically opposed camps: musicians who play straight-ahead, and those who play "free." Miami saxophonist Jesse Jones, Jr., chooses to fudge this divide, and it's precisely that versatili...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Best Record Label To Leave Town In The Past Twelve Months - Chocolate Industries

    Our city's international reputation as a hotbed of bass-influenced oddball electronica is owing in no small part to the steady stream of ear-grabbing records released by Chocolate Industries. Boasting a roster that includes local artists Edgar Farina...

    on May 17, 2001
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