Elegance and Knowledge: Cooper' s sophisticated elegance fuses with her scholarship of Brand Reggae, Jamaican culture, Cultural and Literary Theories. Coinciding with the Grand Opening of the International Reggae Poster competition, Professor Carolyn Cooper will lecture and sign her book about the Global Impact of Reggae.
Critics are right "The Reggae Wave has arrived". The resurgence of Roots Rock Reggae worldwide is right on time. It will be a night of celebrating brand reggae and the cultural impact it has on the world. 'The globalization of reggae music and its wild child Dancehall affirms the far-reaching creativity of the Jamaican people. We are small-islanders with ancestral memories of vast continents of origin'. Cooper said. The Miami Reggae Festival is privileged to have her support for the 2013 edition.
Carolyn Cooper is a Caribbean author, professor, and literary scholar. Her academic approach is grounded in critical theory. Born in Jamaica, Dr. Cooper currently heads the department of Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. For more than 26 years she has lectured at the University of the West Indies, Department of Literature and English. Carolyn Joy Cooper was born in 1950 in Kingston, Jamaica, to parents who were involved in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. In 1968 she was awarded the Jamaica Scholarship, which three years later culminated with her receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (B.A. English). In 1972 she proceeded to the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to pursue her Master's degree in English, which was followed by the completion of her PhD. at the same institution.
She is professor of literary and cultural studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica and instrumental in establishing in 1994 the university's Reggae Studies Unit, where numerous conferences on the music have been convened, including in 2008 the Global Reggae Conference from which the book emerged. Professor Cooper is also editor of Bob Marley: The Man and His Music (2003). Among her books are Noises in the Blood: Orality, Gender and the Vulgar Body of Jamaican Popular Culture (1993) and Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large (2004). Cooper is a weekly columnist for the Sunday Gleaner and hosts a television show for the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation.
Professor Carolyn Cooper was awarded the national honor of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander for outstanding contribution to Education.
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Rockers Movement expresses our hopes and dreams of a world in which what we have in common is far greater than that which divides us. Through their Festivals, we live not by looking at each other but by looking together in the same direction.
Food For The Poor would like to thank Rockers Movement and their supporters for channeling their passion for music to raise awareness about the critical needs of the poor. Your compassion and generosity will help us triumph over hunger. When organizations with a common goal come together to serve, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.
The City of Miami takes pleasure in celebrating Rockers movement events that bring together music and food from around the world. We welcome this coming together structured as a Zero Waste Initiative, an act of community consciousness that educates by example, and augmented by the musical power of groups from around the world. It is fitted and appropriate that local officials, on behalf of our residents, pause to hail this festive music event that promotes Reggae's "land & people' heritage.
Music is the fabric of our society and the City of Miami Gardens takes pride in recognizing those initiatives that celebrate and honor the art of music; and Now , Therefor, be it resolved that I, Oliver Gilbert, Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens, Florida along with my colleagues of the City Council, on behalf of the Residents, do hereby commend the Rockers Movement on their significant contributions to the South Florida community and urge all Residents to partake in their events.
Music has always had the power to unite and inspire humanitarianism. "The Miami Reggae Festival takes it to the top, offering the highest quality of performance, political ambience and service to community available anywhere. “Truly international in orientation, there is no other place where one can experience such a rich presentation of the best in music talent. Miami proves again, this time through its Reggae Festival, that it is the place to be for the internationalizing of Caribbean culture.