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The Jamaica Music Conference (JMC) is a four-day event where attendees experience multiple facets of Jamaica’s dynamic music industry. The JMC features a variety of intensive and relevant panel discussions, topic-focused breakout sessions, artist showcase, and networking opportunities with Industry insiders and veterans. 

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2015 Panelists

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Kabaka Pyramid

Kabaka Pyramid is a multi-talented artist and producer coming straight from the streets of Kingston, Jamaica with a unique musical style blending the lyricism of Hip hop, with the energy and melody of Reggae and Dancehall. He is based out of the Bebble Rock music camp and through his liquid and hypnotizing delivery spreads the positive messages of spirituality and conscious evolution.


Barbara Blake Hannah

Barbara Blake Hannah, who is affectionately called Mama Makeda, made history and newspaper headlines back in 1968 when she was appointed as an on-camera reporter/interviewer on the Thames Television Daily Evening Show, Today with Eamonn Andrews, making her the first black person to appear on British television screens in a capacity other than that of an entertainer. In addition, Ms. Blake Hannah has received many honors and served as a JMC Panelist in 2013 where she discussed her ground breaking work as founder of the Jamaica Reggae Film Festival. Ms. Blake Hannah was honored at the 2014 JMC with the JMC Trailblazer Certificate. Barbara Blake Hannah will address the 2015 about her latest media initiative, "Rasta Radio". The JMC is proud to welcome back Ms. Blake Hannah as a 2015 JMC Panelist!


Kareece Lawrence

Born to parents who have an immense love for music, it’s no surprise that she too has become a lover of music; which she hails as being instrumental in her journey of becoming the True Self. Kareece has garnered a lot of experience in her 9 years in the Music industry- “I am honoured and humbled to be trodding earth in this time as Rastafari; serving as inspired and led to by the Allmighty.“ She has served as a part of the management team of Artistes Jah9 & Protoje; supported the careers of other members of the Reggae Revival and is a founding director of Manifesto|Ja where she served as Promotions and Events Coordinator for 5 years. Her main groundings in the industry were received during her 5 years at Headline Entertainment where she had Bookings responsibility for the Barbados Reggae Festival; International/ Grammy Award winning artistes Sean Paul, Damian & Stephen Marley; Cham, Morgan Heritage, TOK and Wayne Wonder; and functioned as Artiste/ Media Liaison at some of the Caribbean’s premiere entertainment events Reggae Sumfest, the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival and the St. Kitts Music Festival. Kareece also has extensive Event production experience, having worked as the Technical Logistics Coordinator for the Cricket World Cup in 2007, the event coordinator for the Marleys’ Smile Jamaica Africa Unite in 2008 and in various capacities since then for live music and holistic healing events. Recently, she has co-created the business entity 3NITY (TRINITY): A Music Business Consultancy, Events & Artiste Management, and Production firm.


Kendall A. Minter

Kendall A. Minter, a native of New York and graduate and Senior Class President of Flushing High School, participated in the six year combined arts/law program at Cornell University, graduating with a B.A. in 1974, and a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1976.

Kendall is a co-founder and inaugural Executive Director of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Rhythm & Blues Foundation and is its Chairman Emeritus, is a member of the Board of the Living Legends Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of Sound Exchange, Inc.

Kendall has also served as a director of the American Youth Hostels and the 100 Black Men. He was an adjunct professor at Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and currently teaches Copyright and Music Publishing at Georgia State University.

Kendall is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in Entertainment, Who's Who in The East and Who's Who amongst Black Americans and he has been inducted into the Knights of Malta, O.S.J. 

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Olivia "Babsy" Grange, CD, MP

Ms. Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, CD, MP is one of Jamaica’s most prolific talents and campaigners – a businesswoman and social worker. She has been a Member of Parliament since 1997, representing the Constituency of Central St. Catherine and is currently the Opposition Spokesperson on Information, Sports, Culture, Entertainment and Gender Affairs. In the previous administration, she served as Minister of Information, Youth, Sports & Culture, with responsibility for Women and Gender Affairs, Entertainment, Community Development and Special Projects from 2007 to 2011.

In October 2015, Ms. Grange was conferred with the honour of the Order of Distinction, in the rank of Commander (CD) in recognition of her contribution to the Jamaican Music Industry, Cultural Development and Public Service. She also recently served as Consultant Producer for the inaugural staging of the Abi-Reggae International Music Festival and Conference held in April 2015 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, having had direct responsibility for the coordination and management of the entire Jamaican contingent.

In 1980, Ms. Grange was personally invited by former Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Edward Seaga, to transform the various communities in West Kingston and she directed the cultural development programme for youths.

She is a Director of the Edward Seaga Research Institute and a founding member and former Director of the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP). Ms. Grange has also served on boards of broadcasting entities JBC (TV and radio) and RJR as well as produced/ co-produced many of the major events in Jamaica, such as Grand Gala and Street Parade, World Music Festival and the World Youth Festival of Arts (JAMFEST).

She has long been a proponent of music, community development and a cultural activist. She co-founded Contrast, Canada’s first black community newspaper. She later managed a number of artistes including Carlene Davis and Leroy Sibbles, as well as Shabba Ranks – multiple grammy winner, Lady Patra, Bounty Killer, Cindy Breakspeare, Carol Gonzalez and was the first manager of Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. Ms. Grange has also produced several hit recordings by various artistes, like Carlene Davis (“Like Old Friends Do”), among others. 


Garfield "Chin" Bourne

Garfield "Chin" Bourne is co-founder of powerhouse Caribbean entertainment company Irish and Chin. Respected as a Reggae/Dancehall tastemaker and sound connoisseur,Chin burst on the scene as a selector in the early 90's and rose to prominence in 1998 as a renowned promoter and event producer. Notably, Chin is the brainchild of successfully branded events including World Clash, Reeewind, U.S. Rumble, 45 Shoot Out, Campus Rave, Reggae 4 Japan and more!

Considered the Super Bowl of sound clashes, World Clash elevated sound system competitions to an unprecedented level. Marketing World Clash as a stage show and selectors as celebrities, Chin catapulted the event into the mainstream.  And in turn, as the event's popularity grew, so did that of Chin. Whether wearing the hat of event host, promotions guru, consultant or sound expert, Chin is heralded as a dominant force and face ofthe sound industry.


Masani Montague, BA (Hons), MES

Masani Montague is a playwright, director, journalist, novelist and researcher. She has written, directed and produced several radio plays, stage plays and music videos. Her plays and radio plays include: Up On Eglinton, Breakout, Soundclash, Reasoning With My Sisters, Danger To The Public and To Sheba With Love. She has directed music videos such as, Silhouette, Serious Judgement, Shoeshine, Up On Eglinton and Danger To The Public. She has produced and directed docu-dramas, Cycle of Violence, Youth Against Violence and It’s Not Alright! and written the novel, Dread Culture. She holds a diploma in Journalism from Humber College and two degrees from York University; a BA (Honours) in Creative Writing and a MES degree in Environmental Studies. She is currently completing her Masters in Education at York University. Masani owns and operates Masani Productions - promotion, production and distribution of books, films, videos and records for the past 35 years.  She has been active in the Rastafarian and Black communities in Toronto for the past 41 years, organizing events such as the First International Rastafari Conference held in Toronto in 1982 which jump started the Second International Rastafari Conference held in Jamaica in 1983.  She coordinated the month long program, Voice of Thunder: Dialogue with Nyah Binghi Elders in 1984 and produced the annual Rastafest Music Festival from 1993 to the present.  She is the executive director of Upfront Theatre Foundation, producer of the annual festivals, Rastafest and Sistahfest.


Assassin aka Agent Sasco

Agent Sasco’s discography over the past decade includes two full albums, and over 300 singles. He has performed solo shows and major festivals all over the globe from Europe to Central America, North America to Africa, all over the Caribbean and also in the Far East. He has worked with major trendsetters in reggae music including, Shaggy, Marcia Griffiths, Beres Hammond, Spragga Benz, Sean Paul, Josie Wales, Bounty Killer, Maxi Priest, Buju Banton, Wayne Marshall, Richie Stephens, Michael Rose, and Freddy McGregor. In 2013, American Hip-Hop artist Kanye West recognized Assassin’s lyrical dexterity and selected his verse for the song “I’m In It”, on the Yeezus album. This opportunity has expanded his visibility and opened doors across genres. Since then his lyrics have contributed to additional hip-hop artist’s songs, having worked with Jerry Wonda, Raekwon, and Melanie Assassin aka Agent Sasco Biography Fiona, “Soundboy Kill It”, Kardinal Offishall “Pretty Paper”, Lil Jon “Turn Down for What Remix”, and others that are currently under way. His interest in crossing genres is part of his musical experience, yet he remains true to the essence of his craft, which is dancehall.

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Winford Williams

Born in Rural St Andrew, Winford Williams’ career in media spans almost twenty years. Winford entered the scene in 1991 as a Sales Executive at Power 106 FM and within a year became an outstanding contributor in, not just Sales and Marketing but also in the area of content creation and production for the new radio station. Fast forward to 2015 and Winford’s phenomenal sequence of achievements and experience makes him now one of the most respected Entertainment Journalists/Producers Entrepreneurs and Media Marketing Gurus in the Caribbean.


Ricky Trooper

Ricardo "Ricky Trooper" Johnson was born in a small town in St. Mary, Jamaica. Before he reached his teen ages, he was introduced to the world of sound system by veteran sound owner, Copey, of Coptic Hi Power Sound System, of Spanish Town, Jamaica. By the time Trooper reached his twenties he joined the legendary Kilamanjaro also known as Jaro sound system. The music industry  allowed him to work alongside artists like Ninja Man, Bunny General, Papa San and Lecturer.
Under the influence of Trooper,  Kilamanjarobecame known as the number one sound system known as "The Killing Machine". The sound system industry, particularly the clash scene, took Trooper around the world. He Dub Plates left lasting impressions on every listener. In 2000, Trooper decided to create his own Sound System, Sound Trooper. With countless trophies under his wing, Ricky Trooper continues to master the sound system industry across the globe.


Delroy Thompson

Delroy Thompson a 40 year veteran of the Local / International Reggae music industry started working as Sound Engineer for Audiofon, which was once a major sound company in Jamaica. Working with Audiofon afford him the chance to work on the sound as an engineer for international bands and entertainers. 
 
In 1975, Mr. Thompson took his sound engineerskills to help with the success of major large-scaled events including, One Love Peace concert, Smile Jamaica and Reggae Sunsplash.  In 1985, he engineered with world renowned Third World while on  their Arise in Harmony US tour along with Toots and the Maytals. Interestingly, this tour contributed to Toots recognition in the Guinness book of Records for his Live Album. In addition to being a sound engineer, Mr. Thompson has served as a road manager; a tour Manager; and a production manager for Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer and Jimmy Cliff. Today, Mr. Thompson is the tour manager and sound engineer for the Jolly Boys Band.
 
Some Mr. Thompson's recent success includes, being a part of the production planning for the  Abi-Reggae International Music Festival & Conference, a benefit event which took place in the Ivory Coast (Africa). He has also been very active in the world of technology, as being the trailblazer and Executive producer of Juice Productions an internet live- streaming company.  Juice Productions is responsible for the stream of Mutabaruka's radio programs, Cutting Edge and Stepping Razor to Jamaica; as well asstream the U.S. President, Barak Obama's speech no only in Jamaica but to Ivory Coast.


Marcus Goffe

Marcus Goffe

Mr. Marcus Goffe is an Attorney-at-Law and intellectual property law consultant.

Mr. Goffe’s experience spans fifteen years in several areas of law including intellectual property law, criminal law, human rights law, and entertainment and media law.

Mr. Goffe holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London, and is currently in the final stages of completion of his Ph.D in law. Mr. Goffe also lectures at the University of Technology, Jamaica and the University of the West Indies, Mona.

He has been Manager of the Trade Marks, Designs and Geographical Indications Directorate at the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) since 2011.     


Joavan Puran

Joavan Puran better known as 'Yagga' has been involved in the growth and development of contemporary art in Jamaica for the past decade. His interests in issues relating to Jamaica's social landscape are visualized in his work, primarily focusing on te rastafari community. Joavan is a pass student of the Edna Manley College where he obtained a batchelors degree in fine art and has since founded as registered the first and only Art company in Portland Jamaica. Mr Puran has been the muralist for Bob Marley foundation since 2007 And is also an entrepreneur, artist, teacher and facilitator of the arts. 

Since 2013, yagga has made an impact in a series of independent studies on anthropology and social entrepreneurship with dr Kademawe K'nIfe director of studies at Mona school of bussines UWI. Joavan is now the first jamaican artist to exhibit in Guyana during the company's art tour of South America in July 2015, and was also the featured artist on international reggae day july1 2015.


Lesley-Ann Welsh

‘Artivist’, Culture Curator and Experience Engineer best depict Lesley-Ann’s engagement with the transformational potential of creative expression in work and life.

Lesley-Ann is a founding member and current Executive Director of Manifesto Jamaica; a social enterprise whose mission is to develop and attract opportunities for young people that inspire creativity, productivity and elevated consciousness, by harnessing the talents of nation builders. Manifesto Jamaica was founded in 2010 to improve access to inter-disciplinary art education, business management and entrepreneurship skills specific to creative industries.

Prior to founding Manifesto Jamaica, Lesley-Ann established Anubis Communications; a multimedia production and communications consultancy firm based in Kingston, Jamaica. In addition to serving a commendable cadre of international and resident clients, Anubis Communications provides pro bono marketing, event production, project management consultancy and apprenticeships to Manifesto Jamaica.


Hugh Douse

Hugh Douse attended the Mico College and later did a B.A. in Media and Communication at the University of the West Indies, Mona where he is now pursuing postgraduate work in Cultural Studies. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at the UWI in the Institute of Caribbean Studies. Hugh is a former administrator at St George’s College and Calabar. He is the former Director of the Culture in Education Programme in the Ministry of Education. He has seved as Board Member and adjudicator of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission. Hugh still conducts workshops for the JCDC. Hewas also the first Director of the choir of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica. In 2001 he founded the Nexus Performing Arts Company, and is its Artistic Director. He is an actor who has appeared in plays, commercials, television specials and movies, including “Better Mus Come”, “Almost Heaven” and “Ghetta Life”. He has won Actor Boy Awards for Musical Direction, Best Song and Best Score for the children’s musical series Anancy Chaptaz. Hugh has worked on arts-based cultural identity workshops in New York, Wales, Reading, Birmingham and London for young people, mostly of Caribbean descent, for the Jamaica Diaspora and the Jamaican High Commission. Hugh is a columnist with the Jamaica Observer, and a host of the Radio Talk show 96 Degrees on NewsTalk 93 FM.