Reggae Open University tackles gatekeepers

February 15, 2017
Clyde McKenzie
Dennis Howard

Reggae Open University continues to mainstream reggae with talks at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts with a focus on the 'gatekeepers' in tomorrow's presentation.

Panelists include Dr Dennis Howard of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, Clyde McKenzie of Shocking Vibes fame, young promoter Paul 'DJ Stamma' Watson, with Cordel Green as moderator.

The performance section, which was introduced to showcase up-and-coming talent, will this week feature Eesah and Koro Fyah.

Reggae Open University continues next Tuesday at the University of Technology, through the FIWI Music Project, with a discussion on branding and monetization.

Other Reggae Month activities include a final Reggae Wednesday on February 22 and the signature Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards on Sunday, February 26, at the Courtleigh Auditorium.

There will be no Reggae Wednesday concert on the 15th as was previously announced.

Reggae Month activities are possible through the support of JaRIA; the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; CHASE Fund; Edna Manley College; Tourism Enhancement Fund; Starlight Productions; Events R Us; Lime and Chune; Jamaica Music Society; Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers; the Courtleigh Auditorium; and Jamaica Music Conference.

Reggae Month was officially declared on January 9, 2008, by the then governor general of Jamaica.

This was done to highlight and celebrate the impact of the musical genre on the country's social, cultural and economic development.

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