At the end of May the organizers of the Antigua & Barbuda Gospel Music Awards published the nominations for the 2022 staging. Surprisingly, dancehall artist Karamanti made the shortlist for Album of the Year, with her December 2021 ten-track LP Spiritual Warfare.
Prior to getting this nod, the independently produced record – which is on her own Blakkwuman22 Music label – had been described as thought-provoking, unworldly, hardcore-dancehall and diverse; never religious!
That said, with songs like: Start with a Prayer, God Answer Prayer, Rate You, Faith, Sabbath, 3 Weapon, Blood Sacrifice, People of the Lie and Survive, Karamanti – though shocked by the news – welcomes the acknowledgement from the gospel community.
Producers that worked on Spiritual Warfare are: Lamar Thompson (Jamaica), Delroy ‘Phatta’ Pottinger (Jamaica), Donald ‘Tixie’ Dixon (Jamaica), Teban Cee (South Africa), Major P (Czech Republic) and Arioso Legato (U.S.A.).