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Global Reggae Conference 2008

Posted on 17th February 2008 by Reggaelifestyle

When Erna Brodber discusses ‘Reggae as Black Space’, the distinctive burru drumming and voices of the University Singers fill the Assembly Hall, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, tomorrow evening, it will mark the beginning of an extensive blend of artistic endeavour and academia.

Global Reggae Conference 2008

The opening ceremony of the ‘Global Reggae Conference 2008′, which will explore ‘Global Reggae: Jamaican Popular Music a Yard and Abroad’, officially starts a week which dovetails with the inaugural Reggae Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24. Conference chair, Professor Carolyn Cooper of the Institute of Caribbean Studies, noted that “For at least five years now, as co-ordinator of the Reggae Studies Unit, I thought it was important to hold a major conference focusing on the global impact of reggae.”

Cooper said that for Bob Marley’s 50th birthday, the Reggae Studies Unit and the Bob Marley Foundation had combined to look extensively at the work of Marley. The book Bob Marley: The Man and His Music came out of that conference.

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