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International Reggae Day (IRD) is JulyOne

The reggae networking and information space Music Congress presents in association with partners including Reggae Fraternity UK, Sound System Outernational, Goldsmiths, University Of London, Chaaawaaa Radio, Shining Stars, Cummin Up and BTWSC/African Histories Revisited, the London, UK Xtra hub event marking International Reggae Day:

Marking The 30th Anniversary Of IRD (International Reggae Day)


12.00-1.00pm ^Music: Introductory sounds provided by the Chaaawaaa Radio crew.


1.00-1.30pm Reggae & Sound System Culture In The Academy: Prof. Julian Henriques introduces Goldsmiths University of London's Sound System Outernational (SSO) project.


1.30-2.00pm Harlesden, Capital Of Reggae In Britain: The Reggae Tree Ambassador and Brent Local Climate Champion Diane Shrouder-Johnson talks about The Reggae Tree, and the Brent Reggae Album Covers Exhibition curator Kwaku talks about the 3-month exhibition at Harlesden Library.


2.00-2.30pm *Meal Break: African Caribbean meal provided by Cummin Up; Women Photo Exhibition, Music History & Upcoming Events video loop.


2.30-3.00pm 30 Years Of British Reggae: We mark IRD's 30th anniversary with pioneer DJ and broadcaster Daddy Ernie reflecting on his career, the UK reggae industry, and some of the seminal records from the 30 Years Of British Reggae Top 15 Singles And Albums 1994-2024 Poll.

3.00-3.15pm In Memoriam: founder Colin 'CeeBee' Brown pays tribute to the late IRDUK head volunteer and DJ Archie 'Dapps' Stennett and Pama Records co-founder Jeff Palmer, and a reminder of some of those who of the reggae world who have passed in the past year.


3.15-3.30pm Curating UK Reggae History Online: founder Colin 'CeeBee' Brown introduces his new online history hub.


3.30-3.50pm Windrush!: The Windrush Generation Legacy Association makes a presentation on the Windrush legacy.


3.50-4.00pm Music: Music4Causes Ft Kimba sings about love and British reggae history.


4.00-4.40pm Have Your Say: We lead this section where attendees have golden minutes to talk about their upcoming reggae-focused activities and events with the screening of the trailer of Anthony Brightly's short film 'Sticks Man'.


4.40-5.40pm Riddims & Resistance Against Systems: IRDUK convener Kwaku introduces a video mash up and discussion, with contributiion from IRDJA founder Andrea Davis, demonstrating reggae's resistance against various social and political systems.

5.40-6.00pm Sonny Roberts And Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Fraser - Innovative Record Producers Across Different Decades And Technology: City Law School reader and reggaephile Dr Enrico Banadio and IRDUK convener Kwaku speak to the work of two record producers of different milieux.

6.00-6.20pm Reggae Rock Against Racism And ‘Babylon’: founder Colin 'CeeBee' Brown speaks to reggae's fight against, and movements that fought against, racism.


6.20-6.40pm Reggae Music And Dementia: Ronald Amanze and Pamela Thompson talk about the power of music for welbeing.


6.40-7.00pm Reggae Gospel: Presented by Reggae Tribe’s Ven Spence (Reggae Gospel 360) and Keziah Job (Reggae Royalty).


7.00-8.00pm Women In Reggae: Reggae Fraternity UK founder Lorna ’Sutara’ Gee hosts a panel of women discussing issues of interest within the reggae world. Panel includes Audrey Scott, Allison Mason, Yassmin Foster and Teshay Mekada.


8.00-9.00pm Music: A Shining Stars live showcase.


*You can purchase your meal supplied by Cummin Up any time between 12.00-5.00pm.


^Free Jamaican patty sponsored by Port Royal and BBM/BMC with meals purchased between 12.00-1.00pm.


Minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


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