Origins of Jamaican Music: Vivien Goldman interviews former PM of Jamaica, Edward Seaga
Friday, October 26, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
On November 6th, VP Records will release a 4-CD box set of 100 of the most significant hit songs to emerge from the first fifty years of Jamaican independence, curated by Edward Seaga (Jamaican Prime Minister 1980 - 1989). In honor of the occasion, Mr. Seaga, who played a key role in the birth and development of the Jamaican music industry while serving as Minister of Culture will talk to Vivien Goldman (Author, "The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers' Album of the Century") about his unparalleled role in the development of Jamaica’s government and its music industry. His track selection and liner notes for this historic collection will be the foundation of the discussion.
More about Mr. Seaga
The Most Honourable Edward Philip George Seaga, O.N. P.C., LL.D. D.Litt. (Hon.), former Prime Minister (1980-89), former leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (1974-2005), Chancellor of the University of Technology, Distinguished Fellow of the University of the West Indies, was born on May 28, 1930, in Boston, U.S.A., to the late Philip George Seaga and Erna (nee Maxwell). He was educated at Wolmer’s Boys’ School in Jamaica and graduated from Harvard University in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Social Sciences. As one of the founding fathers in the framing of the Jamaican Constitution in 1961, Mr. Seaga began his political career in April 1962 after being elected Member of Parliament for West Kingston, one of the poorest areas of Jamaica. Following the General Election of October 30, 1980, he became Jamaica’s 5th Prime Minister and he remained in office as Prime Minister until February 1989On January 20, 2005, Mr. Seaga retired after 30 years of service as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party and 43 years as a Member of Parliament, to date the longest period of continuous service of any elected representative in the English Speaking Caribbean. His contributions to nation building cover the economy, social conditions (especially education and community development), culture and sports. He has been credited as the builder of numerous institutions of national development far more than any other person. These include: 1968-The Jamaica Stock Exchange 1969- Decimalization of the Jamaican Currency 1970-Student Revolving Loan Fund for Higher Education 1971- Jamaica Unit Trust 1972- Jamaica Mortgage Bank 1981- National Development Bank 1986- Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) 1987- JAMPRO (Formerly JNIP) During his tenure as a Distinguished Fellow he completed his autobiography of two volumes tracing this history of the development of Jamaica since the 1950s to 2005. Indeed, he is the only remaining survivor of Leadership of this most crucial period of Jamaican history. Seaga established most of the institutions in independent Jamaica that build cultural awareness and national identity, as well as develop our Arts, Crafts and National Heritage. Some examples are: Jamaica Festival, National Heroes Park, Arawak and Port Royal Museums, Jamaica Journal publication (Institute of Jamaica), and many more!
More about Vivien Goldman
Vivien Goldman is a writer, educator, broadcaster, and post-punk musician. A Londoner, she has lived in Paris and now resides in New York. As a pioneering female emerging from the ferment of Britain's 1970s punky reggae party, she has taken her can-do attitude and outernational insights to journalism, books, radio, television, university teaching, multi-media lecturing, museum panel moderating, the recording studio, even (very occasionally!) the stage - and her beat goes on. Right now, Goldman is teaching courses at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Tisch School of the Arts, where she's earned the nom d'academe, The Punk Professor, for initiating studies like the Punk course, established 2005; and courses on culture-changers like Bob Marley and Fela Kuti. She is a columnist for NPR.org and dubspot.com, and appears regularly on BBC Radio 5's "Up All Night with Dotun Adebayo," covering New York life and the U.S. charts.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY.