Voices Magazine Vol2-Issue-6

Volume 2, Issues 6 February - March 2019 University of Technology, Jamaica T he Most Hon. Edward Seaga O.N., P.C., Chancellor and former Prime Minister captured the imagination of a rapt audience at the delivery of his 60th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture on the topic, The Origins and Development of Jamaican Music,” held on September 27, 2018 at the UTech, Jamaica Papine Campus. Mr. Seaga’s Lecture was set within the context of his commemorative musical book-box set collection: “Reggae Golden Jubilee 50 Anniversary: Origins of Jamaican music” launched in 2012 to coincide with Jamaica’s 50th independence celebrations. In the 4-disc deluxe collection Mr. Seaga hand-picked 100 of the most significant songs to emerge from Jamaica. It encapsulates every era over the last 50 years with double the hits from artists including Bob Marley and TheWailers, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Marcia Griffiths, Yellowman, Beres Hammond, Lady Saw, Buju Banton, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Mavado and more. To accompany the music, Mr. Seaga has written extensive liner notes and track-by-track notations in the box set’s 64-page booklet. In his captivating lecture, Mr. Seaga took the audience on a journey outlining the development of Jamaican music in the sequence of the emergence of its rhythms, looking at how the music changed from one style and sound to another. Chancellor Seaga Gives Lessons on “The Origins of Jamaican Music” Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica Mr Seaga delighted the audience with his ska dance moves to Don Drummond’s popular track, “Occupation.”