With Jamaica celebrating 50 years of Independence, there has been, quite understandably, a look at what has happened in the country's history. That is no less true of the country's music. This year, The Gleaner has published, on a number of occasions, different aspects of that history. In one 'Story of the Song', a weekly feature produced by Mel Cooke, Toots Hibbert spoke of first coming up with the term 'reggae'. More recently, Edward Seaga spoke about The Heptones being responsible for the first real reggae track. The views are uncountable, but as Jamaica looks at 50 more years of Independence, we continue to look with much curiosity at our past.
A panel discussion at the Jamaica 50 Jubliee Village inside Independence Park discussing the history of Reggae Music ended the way it began. Among the panellists were former prime minister and record producer Edward Seaga; Dr Dennis Howard, lecturer at The University of the West Indies and former Third World band member and chairperson of Jamaica Reggae Industry Association Michael 'Ibo' Cooper. Seaga gave a lengthy lecture on the developmental process of the local music industry. He shared the view that Jamaican genres were created without prompting.