The University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica, will host a special gala today at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, for the presentation of the university's most prestigious non-academic award: the Chancellor's Medal to the Jamaican Music Industry, with particular focus on popular music.
The red-carpet gala event will commence at 7 p.m. with cocktails and the viewing of an exhibition which chronicles the development of the Jamaican music industry over the last 50 years.
That will be followed by a musical showcase beginning promptly at 8:30 p.m. in tribute to Jamaican music industry stalwarts, which will incorporate the creative art forms of music, speech, dance, and drama in a specially produced segment with Desi Jones as musical director and Junior Lincoln as producer.
The presentation ceremony, through live performances, will highlight the regional and global impact of the various genres of Jamaican music - mento, niabinghi, ska, rocksteady, dub, reggae and dancehall.
The Most Honorable Edward Seaga, ON, PC, chancellor, UTech, will present the 2012 Chancellor's Medal and Citation to a representative group drawn from Jamaica's music industry led by the internationally renowned Jamaican music icon and founding father, Lester Sterling, the only surviving original member of the Skatalites.
The medal will be housed at the Jamaica Music Museum. Professor the Honorable Errol Morrison, OJ, president, will address the ceremony.