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Celebrate Reggae Month at Strawberry Hill. Join us for brunch and a silent auction to benefit Alpha Boys School

Celebrate Reggae Month at Strawberry Hill. Join us for brunch and a silent auction to benefit Alpha Boys School

Alpha Boys School is a residential vocational school for at risk boys and administered by the Religious Sisters of Mercy since 1890. Located in Kingston, Alpha’s music program has launched the careers of Grammy nominees and pioneers in all genres of Jamaican music, from jazz, to ska, rocksteady and reggae. In the words of The Telegraph (UK), Alpha Boys School “helped release the spirit of one of the most musical islands in the world”.


Event. 9 Mile Music Festival (March 2, 2013) hosts the best of the best reggae and dancehall artists



For the month of February, a rotating selection of seven, limited-edition framed posters from the World A Reggae exhibition (2012, National Gallery of Jamaica) will be on display in the library at Strawberry Hill, the Island Outpost resort property developed by Chris Blackwell. The posters are available to the public through a silent auction format. Silent bids are being accepted in the library at Strawberry Hill through Sunday, February 24. The posters represent both juried and specially contributed designs to the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) including five posters that have never been available previously.

Click here for more details and to preview the posters available for auction.


Poetry album. Mel Cooke – Seh Sup’m: Live from Kingston

For more information email soulofthelionmusic [at] gmail [dot] com

Entitled ‘Mel Cooke… Seh Sup’m: Live from Kingston’, the CD has 14 original  poems and nine tracks of audience interaction, in which Cooke gives context to the  upcoming poem. Together, they form a comprehensive, engaging presentation in  which he takes on a diverse range of issues as they impact on Jamaica. Those issues  include male homosexuality, political garrisons, concepts of manhood, the beauty of  Jamaican women, the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake and Jamaica’s development  since independence.

Among the poems are ‘Bad Man Pull Up’, which takes a caustic look at men showing  their underwear, ‘This is Jamaica’, a reworking of the National Anthem, ‘House  Cleaning’ – based on Mavado’s song of the same name and which challenges  stereotypes of manhood through personal experience – and the somewhat  raunchy ‘Schoolas’, which uses word play extensively.  The recording was done at the March 2010 staging of Seh Sup’m, held at the Village  Blues Bar, Barbican. The event was hosted by Clement ‘Izimi Clem’ Hamilton, who  introduces Cooke on the CD.


Book release. Global Reggae (UWI Press)

These plenary lectures from the “Global Reggae” conference convened at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica in 2008 eloquently exemplify the breadth and depth of current scholarship on Jamaican popular music. Radiating from the Jamaican centre, these illuminating essays highlight the “glocalization” of reggae – its global dispersal and adaptation in diverse local contexts of consumption and transformation.

The languages of Jamaican popular music, both literal and metaphorical, are first imitated in pursuit of an undeniable “originality”. Over time, as the music is indigenized, the Jamaican model loses its authority to varying degrees. The revolutionary ethos of reggae music is ranslated into local languages that articulate the particular politics of new cultural contexts. Echoes of the Jamaican source gradually fade. But new hybrid sounds return to their Jamaican origins, engendering polyvocal, cross-cultural dialogue.

From the inter/disciplinary perspectives of historical sociology, musicology, history, media studies, literature, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, the creative/cultural industries and, above all, the metaphorical “life sciences”, the contributors to this definitive volume lucidly articulate a cultural politics that acknowledges the far-reaching creativity of small-islanders with ancestral memories of continents of origin.

The globalization of reggae music and its “wild child” dancehall is, indeed, an affirmation of the unquantifiable potential of the Jamaican people to reclaim identities and establish ties of  affiliation that are not circumscribed by the Caribbean Sea: To the world!

Co-published with the Prince Claus Fund.


Happening. Sat Dec 29 >> Green Lion in Denver, Colorado for Opal Lion Saturdays

2nd International Reggae Poster Contest Call for Designs

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Happening. UTech Jamaica Presents The 2012 Chancellor’s Medal to The Jamaican Music Industry

On Saturday December 8, the Chancellor of the University of Technology, Jamaica, awarded the Jamaican Music Industry the prestigious Chancellor’s Medal for its contributions to Jamaica locally and abroad. At the height of the star-studded event featuring a who’s who of Jamaican music, Edward Seaga presented a cross section of music industry personalities from past and present with the Chancellor’s Medal, the equivalent of  an honorary degree from the university. The medal will be housed at the Jamaica Music Museum.

In addition to live performances by Tarrus Riley, Singing Melody, NoMaddz and Mr Vegas, the award ceremony included an exclusive art exhibition curated by the Jamaica Music Museum and co curated by Soul of the Lion. From vintage instruments to contemporary dancehall fashion, the exhibition covered the breadth and depth of the music industry at large. Many thanks to UTech Jamaica’s Office of the Registrar and BCAT communications program, the Jamaica Music Museum, Sweetland Photographics, White Skyy, Lazer Disc and the Jamaica Gleaner.


Bunny Rugs Honored By The Institute For Caribbean Studies With A Caribbean American Heritage Award

William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clark, leader singer of 10-time Grammy nominee Third World, was among a ‘who’s who’ of political leaders, entertainment pioneers, business entrepreneurs and education innovators honored at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC last Friday November 16th. The Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) , an annual black-tie affair put on by The Institute of Caribbean Studies, celebrates the contributions that Caribbean people make in the United States of America. Bunny Rugs received an award for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Reggae Music‘.


Going once…. Reggae poster auction in Kingston, JA on Sunday November 11 to benefit Alpha Boys School.

> click here for the full press release <

The Alpha Boys School and the International Reggae Poster Contest are very pleased to announce the auction of the top, limited edition posters from the contest, including special contributions from international poster artists, will be held on November 11 at the National Gallery of Jamaica in downtown Kingston. Douglas Reid of Grosvenor Galleries will conduct the auction and Bunny Rugs, lead singer of 10-time Grammy nominated act Third World, will serve as Celebrity Auctioneer. Music will be provided by DJ AfifaClick here to view the posters online. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Alpha Boys School. Interested parties who cannot be present for the auction but are interested in bidding should contact Alpha Boys School at

From the simple to the sublime, the posters to be auctioned are currently the feature of a special exhibition entitled, “World A Reggae: the 100 Best Entries from the First International Reggae Poster Contest” which continues at the National Gallery of Jamaica until November 10. Comprised of the top 100 posters as well as original contributions from artists Luba Lukova, Juan Carlos Darias, Elmer Sosa, Roy Villalobos, Freestylee (the artist alter ego of contest founder Michael Thompson), and Maria Papaefstathiou (the contest co-founder), the posters represent a very special part of a world-wide conversation about Jamaican culture. A follow up exhibition is scheduled in Athens, Greece to open November 2012.

> click here for the full press release <