Gathering academics, artists, producers, authors and general audience
Since 2007, the Reggae University is a key pillar of the Rototom Sunsplash cultural program. Well known reggae journalists, writers, academics as well as practitioners and performing artists get together in a series of meetings to reason about, to discuss and to analyze important aspects and moments of reggae music and culture.
Sessions focus on the past, present and future of reggae to explore the evolution of the music, as well as its global nature as one of the most influential contemporary musical styles which is grounded in a rich cultural heritage. The University sessions deal with various topics ranging from the diverse musical repertoire, lyrical content, emancipatory, social and political aspects, spiritual depth as well as the musics manifestation in film and print.
The collective in charge to chair the sessions is formed by David Katz, biographer of Lee “Scratch” Perry, author of “Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae”, creative consultant to various reggae labels; Ellen Koehlings and Pete Lilly, editors of the German Riddim Magazine; Pier Tosi, Italian journalist who runs a radio-show that is a benchmark for the Italian reggae massive.
The Reggae U HeadQuarters is a big tent on the festival’s grounds. Besides the panel discussions, it hosts other cultural events like: film screenings, book launches and readings, lectures and workshops, exhibitions and seminars about Rastafari livity.
It shares its space with the festival’s Media Center, where over 200 journalists from around the world work, receive assistance for interviews, and participate in press conferences and meetings.