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Cali P to give 'Reggae Talk' at UWI

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Cali P - Contributed

The increasingly popular 'Reggae Talks' at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, continue today at 7 p.m. in the Neville Hall Lecture theatre (N1).

First it was Jah9, then Protoje, then No-Maddz. This week's speaker is the Swiss reggae artist Cali P, who now lives in Jamaica.

In an exclusive interview with Gleaner writer Jordaine Delahaye, Cali P, whose legal name is Pierre Nanon, said, "I started writing lyrics and singing in Switzerland when I was 14. There were positives and negatives living there. Looking on it as a whole, I had a lot of moments where I really didn't want to be there because I felt unwelcome. Not being white there makes people treat you like a foreigner at all times, and that can get really annoying."

Born to a Swiss mother and a Guadeloupian father who is a Rastaman, Cali P knew where to turn to escape the alienation he felt in the land of his birth.

He feels much more at home in his adopted country. The title of his talk, which will focus on his artistic development, is 'musicCALI-sPeaKING'.

crisp design

The final talk in the series will be given by Michael 'Freestylee' Thompson, a brilliant Jamaican graphic artist, whose poster graces the cover of the Global Reggae Book, edited by Carolyn Cooper. Several of Thompon's reggae posters were selected for the crisp design of the book by the Greek graphic artist Maria Papaefstathiou. Maria and Michael are co-organisers of the International Reggae Poster Contest, now in its second year.

An exhibition of Michael's posters is on show at the UWI Museum, located on the ground floor of the regional headquarters of the university. The exhibition has been extended to the end of April by popular demand. Thompson's talk is on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Neville Hall lecture theatre. The public is invited and admission is free.