Jamaica, African institute to host reggae forum
To mark Reggae Month and celebrate Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence, the High Commission of Jamaica in Pretoria, in partnership with The Africa Institute of South Africa and the City of Tshwane, will host an ambassadorial forum on Saturday under the title 'The Role of Reggae Music in the African Liberation Struggle' at Ditsong National Cultural History Museum in Pretoria, South Africa.
Undoubtedly, reggae music and the Rastafari culture have played a significant role in drawing the world's attention to the real issues of the African liberation movement and have provided Africa and its diaspora with a channel for building self-identity, 'consciousness', resilience, liberation and 'one love'.
The keynote address will be delivered by Michael 'Ibo' Cooper, founding member of the renowned Jamaican reggae band, Third World; chairman of the board of directors of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association; and recipient of the 1986 United Nations Peace Medal for work done to advance international consciousness against apartheid.
The daylong event will feature live performances from top reggae artistes, an exhibition of Jamaican culture and music, as well as presentations from academics, the diplomatic community and government.