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.

Past guests, films and sessions: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.

Past editions
Program
   = Activity/Workshop      = Band      = Culture      = Film      = Music      = Show      = Sound System      = Talk/Debate  

TUESDAY 16

17:15

Nyahbinghi Chants

by House of Rastafari

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17:30

The Sound of Redemption

Reggae Music and Rastafari message in our time. Joint session of Reggae University and House of Rastafari

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19:00

As I am

A conversation with Julian Marley

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WEDNESDAY 17

16:00

Toots & The Maytals – From the Roots

Film

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Director: Kieran Evans, 2017, United Kingdom,

19:00

Back to the Roots

Reggae and Dancehall in Africa

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THURSDAY 18

FRIDAY 19

16:00

Rockers Sound Station – Tales of the Kingston Dub Club

Film

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Director: Julian Henriques, 2022, World Premiere, United Kingdom,

18:30

Zion Train

Rastafari journey to change ourselves in order to change the world. Rasta Seminar & Book Launch held at Reggae University Tent

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SATURDAY 20

15:45

Ina Vanguard Style

Film

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Director: Fabio Manozzi & Rico O.B.F, 2022, France,

16:45

Vanguards of Dub

Mark Iration meets Rico O.B.F in dub conversation

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18:00

Midnight Rocker

A conversation with Horace Andy

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SUNDAY 21

16:00

Studio 17 – The Lost Reggae Tapes

Film. Followed by Q&A with Reshma B, the film producer.

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Director: Mark James, Productor: Reshma B, 2019, United Kingdom,

18:30

The Messenjah

A conversation with Luciano

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