Hurricane Reggae Band nominated for Music Award

‘Hurricane Reggae Band’, headed by Dominican bassist and vocalist Cleve “De Hurricane’ Jean Jacques, has been nominated by the Chicago Music Awards for Best Reggae Entertainer of the Year.

The Hurricane Reggae Band is among the top seven reggae acts in the Chicago area nominated for this prestigious award.

“The nominees were selected by experts in the music industry including DJs, promoters, producers, music labels, night clubs, booking agents, entertainment attorneys and others connected to the entertainment industry” says a release from CMA.

Thirty-seven (37) categories are being contested. Ultimately, the general public will vote and select the winners in all categories.

Hurricane’s fans and members of the general public wishing to participate in the ballot can visit to vote. Ballots are also available at various sponsor locations, record shops and clubs city wide and via email at or by calling 312/427-0266.

The 33rd Annual Chicago Awards will be held Sunday, February 23rd 2014 at the Corpernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue.

Cleve “De Hurricane” Jean Jacques is best known to his local fan base as a calypsonian extraordinaire. During his fourteen years in calypso competition he capped a total of seven crowns including three Road Match crowns and national monarch in 1993, 1994 and 1996. Hurricane was also crowned Caribbean King in 1996.

Hurricane however retired from calypso in 2002 and relocated to Chicago in the US where he currently leads Hurricane Reggae Band.

As a gifted and talented musician, song writer and entertainer, transitioning from Calypso to reggae came naturally to Hurricane.

“When I came to Chicago 15 years ago, I saw that reggae was quite popular, so it was cool for me to make that transition,” he tells

The band performs as a quartet specializing in ‘roots rock reggae’ with a modern twist.

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