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Conversations in Caribbean Studies presents: Word. Sound. Power. A listening session in honor of Lee "Scratch" Perry
Following the death of the pioneering dub musician, Lee "Scratch" Perry, this panel brings together leading Jamaican and international dub/’Scratch’ Perry scholars, producers and musicians who have worked with him and whose work is inspired by him. In the lead up to the event, be sure to check out the Spotify playlist curated by the panelists: spoti.fi/3FIEbhm

Oct 22, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Njelle Hamilton (moderator)
Associate Professor of African American and African Studies and English @University of Virginia
Dr. Njelle W Hamilton is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, storyteller and scholar. As a literary scholar and associate professor at the University of Virginia, she specializes in narrative innovations in the contemporary Caribbean novel. The author of Phonographic Memories: Popular Music and the Contemporary Caribbean Novel, her essays on contemporary Caribbean literary and cultural studies have appeared in Anthurium, Journal of West Indian Literature, and sx salon, and her short fiction has appeared in Pree: Caribbean Writing. She is currently working on a book about Caribbean time travel narratives, as well as a novel, Everything Irie.
Isis Semaj-Hall
Lecturer @Department of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
Dr. Isis Semaj-Hall is the Riddim Writer, a disruptive dub doctor with a creative practice that is grounded by sound and nurtured by word power. She is the Caribbean literature and pop culture specialist for the Department of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies, Mona. She is a co-founder and editor of PREE: Caribbean Writing and has works published in print and to the cloud via Public Books, Caribbean Quarterly, Cultural Dynamics, sx salon, and elsewhere.
Subatomic Sound System
For over a decade Emch a/k/a Scientifik has been the producer, selector, and musician spearheading Subatomic Sound System and the Subatomic Sound label. Founded at the turn of the millennium, NYC’s Subatomic Sound System has built a reputation worldwide for explosive shows, genre bending production, and breaking down barriers with their unique adaptation of 1970’s Jamaican sound system culture and dub reggae studio techniques to current music genres, technology, and live performances. A record label, DJ/production crew, live band, and event promoters, the Subatomic Sound crew is at work in NYC and beyond on every level. Emch hosts Subatomic Sound Radio, originally on KEXP’s Mo-Glo broadcast on Radio New York, 91.5fm blasting out to a footprint of 11 million terrestrial listeners in the greater NYC area and after Radio NY ended, now on the internet via Brooklyn Radio.com.
David Katz
Author, documentary producer, DJ
Born in San Francisco and long resident in London, David Katz is the author of People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Solid Foundation : An Oral History of Reggae and a contributor to The Rough Guide to Reggae, A Tapestry of Jamaica, Keep On Running : The Story of Island Records and Mashup : The Birth Of Modern Culture, among other books. His writing and photographs have appeared in many international periodicals, including the Guardian, Newsweek, Mojo, Wax Poetics, Caribbean Beat and Riddim and he has compiled and annotated over 100 retrospective collections of Jamaican music. Katz has produced documentaries on the music and culture of Jamaica and Brazil for PRX and contributed to documentaries and feature films for the BBC, Channel 4, Arte and other entities, and released original records. He has chaired panel discussions with performers and practitioners in diverse settings, performed as a deejay on four continents, and has become a fixture in the London music scene
Gavin Blair
Gavsborg @Founder of Equiknoxx/Equiknoxx Music
Hailing from East Kingston, Jamaica, Gavsborg is the founder of Equiknoxx/Equiknoxx Music. Gavsborg has been producing under the Equiknoxx Music imprint for over ten years, with his first success being the Billboard charting single, “Step Out” by Busy Signal. Gavsborg’s left-field approach to production has afforded him the opportunity to work with a wide variety of artists and labels from different corners of music such as: Mavado, Aidonia, Dirty Projectors, Palmistry, Addis Pablo, De La Ghetto, Busy Signal, Spice, Missy Elliott DDS, Swing Ting, Domino Records and more. Outside music production duties, Gavsborg has toured extensively with the Equiknoxx Collective as a DJ & live music performer making stops all over Europe, the Americas, the United Kingdom & Asia.