On the fifth day of the ROTOTOM's Reggae University term, the elder statesmen of reggae - the Congos and Wailing Souls - took to the stage, as the youth of Raging Fyah from the previous day's session moved on. In some ways it was akin to the 'passing of the baton' at College, as the weighty topic of 'Rastafari, Jamaican Music and Cultural Affinity' was tackled. Once more, this University session was very well attended, featuring special guests: movie maker Monica Haim and the musicians from the Congos (Cedric Myton, Congo Ashanti Roy, Kenroy Fyffe and Watty Burnett) and Wailing Souls (Winston 'Pipe' Matthews and Lloyd 'Bread' McDonald), together with the University's popular panel comprised of David Katz, Ellen Koehlings, Pete Lilly and Pier Tosi.
The Rototom Sunsplash has won the award for Concert of the Year 2011 in the 31st edition of the International Reggae And World Music Awards (IRAWMA), which were celebrated in Chacago. To get an award it is necessary first to be nominated by experts and professionals of the industry from all over the world, and then to get the majority of votes from the public. The other great nominated events were the Reggae Sumfest of Jamaica, the Rebel Salute, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival and the Before The Dawn of Miami. The gala in Chicago has also awarded artists who are in the line-up of the Rototom 2012: Marcia Griffiths, award of honor for her career since the sixties; Tarrus Riley, best vocalist; and Bennie Man, best disc jockey-rapper.