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Anslem Douglas nominated for Canadian award

By Essiba Small essiba.small@trinidadexpress.com

This country’s first and only Grammy Award winner Anslem Douglas is in the running for a Black Canadian award. 

Douglas, who was nominated in the Best Caribbean Style Act category,  won a Grammy in 2001 for Best Dance Recording with the song “Who Let the Dogs Out”—a redo of his soca hit Doggie. The song was made famous by the Baha Men. 

Artistes Ammoye, Jahsmin Daley, Shalli, Soca Emperor, Ms Paige are the other nominees in the Best Caribbean Style Act category.

“This is something to say hooray about,” Douglas told the Express yesterday about his nomination.

“There was a time when my music wasn’t playing in Trinidad and Tobago and it was though I wasn’t happening anymore.

“The marvel of the Internet kept my music going because the whole world is online. Plus the team I work with ensured that they worked social media to my benefit...so I guess the awards people took note.”

The Black Canadian Awards celebrates and showcases the achievements of Black Canadian artists, trail-blazers and leaders within the Canadian community.

Douglas has been based in Whitby, Canada for 20 years. He is now in the process of moving back to Trinidad where he will continue to work on his music .

For Carnival 2014 Douglas has released “Broughtupcy” and “Boom Boom”—two songs he will take to the Power Soca and Groovy Soca Monarch.

Last year the singer entered the the Soca Monarch after 13 years of absence. This year he said he is more prepared for it.

“I think  last year I had an old-school approach to the competition. I  jumped back in  thinking that I would do a little semi-final show; not realising that the semi final is like a final...you have to bring it.”

The Black Canadian Awards will take place on March 1 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Downtown Toronto. The organisation has received more than 20,000 total nomination votes over the past eight months. 

Douglas said he has already received his invitation to the show from the awards committee.

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