Reggae Open University continues tomorrow
THE discussion series, Reggae Open University continues tomorrow with a forum centred around the topic of ‘Gate Keepers’. The event will be held at the Vera Moody Concert Hall at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in St Andrew.
Organised by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA), the series is staged as part of the celebrations for Reggae Month.
Thursday’s event will examine what determines the music which makes it to the ears of the public.
JaRIA’s Joan Webley notes that this is a critical topic which is expected to generate great discussion.
“We are putting together a great panel, including ethnomusicologist Dr Dennis Howard of the RJR Communications Group, music industry insider Clyde McKenzie, and music producer Paul “Stamma” Watson. Cordel Greene of the Broadcasting Commission will moderate. At the end of it all we want to get to looking at those who are really in control of what music makes it in the market and what are the standards,” said Webley.
The series moves to the University of Technology starting next week for the final three presentations.
– Richard Johnson