The Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona will play host to the International Reggae Conference (formerly Global Reggae Conference). This year's theme will be labeled 'Current and Future Trends in Popular Music'. The event will be taking place February 17-20, at the UWI. GLEANER A press release announcing the conference stated: "The conference and associated events will consolidate and disseminate knowledge on the current and future trends of Jamaican music culture as it continues its international movement across different geographical and cultural sites. It will also celebrate the 65th anniversary of the birth of Jamaica's premier cultural ambassador, Robert Nesta Marley, with the hosting of the Annual Bob Marley Lecture, in affiliation with the Bob Marley Foundation."
The UWI said the conference would address a range of themes and how they impact the globe.
"This conference will provide an opportunity for artistes, musicians, scholars, cultural practitioners, entrepreneurs and music lovers from around the world to share their perspectives on the ways in which reggae and dancehall have been appropriated and adapted in a variety of cultural contexts," said the release. "It will also examine the impact of the reggae and dancehall industires locally, regionally and globally and assess ways in which the creators can benefit through the development and encouragement of internationally competitive music enterprises."