“International Identity: Rihanna & The Barbados Music Industry” 7:00 pm at Grand Salle, The City: Thursday 24 November 2011

THIS PROVOCATIVE lecture title is as timely as it is fitting for the 2011 Annual Clennell Wickham Memorial Lecture. Wickham, born in the 18th century was an untiring voice, often controversial in his views in the early 19th century.

He was known for calling to task teachers for using racist texts, criticising the Anglican clergy for supporting the Plantocracy by preaching that the poor were content and railing against the ruling classes for the social injustices perpetrated daily.

His role as an advocate and his fearless journalism caused the Barbados Association of Journalists (BAJ) of the day to hold the inaugural lecture to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1995.

BAJ President Jewel Forde, said that she is excited about the lecture and hopes that Barbadians turn out. According to her, “this is an exciting opportunity to see the Rihanna phenomenon from a different perspective.” The lecture is slated for Thursday 24th November 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Grande Salle of the Barbados Central Bank.

Indeed, it is not hard to imagine that should Wickham be around today, he too would pen many an article about international singing sensation Rihanna, therefore the decision of the current Board of the BAJ to invite Professor Mike Alleyne continues the legacy of thought provoking topics to educate and inform the people of Barbados.

Alleyne, an alumnus of the University of the West Indies (BA to PhD) and former lecturer at the St. Augustine campus, is a member of the faculty in the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University and a songwriter. He has written many articles about the Caribbean’s music industry, and Caribbean culture. Barbadian born, he will probably be remembered not only as one of the original Liberty FM (98.1) DJ’s when the station was launched in the mid-1980’s but as its first voice.

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  1. I would like to get a copy of the transcript of this lecture, if possible.



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