Opening his remarks with a simple but profound question—”Who is Vybz Kartel?”—dancehall artist Adi Di Teacha aka Adidjah Palmer recently lectured at the University of the West Indies. Kartel was invited to lecture by Professor Carolyn Cooper, the author of many scholarly studies on dancehall culture, who also teaches a course on ‘Reggae Poetry’ in UWI’s English Department. “I think it is not only a good step for me, but a great step for dancehall,” Kartel recently told The Star. “It shows that at least few of us dancehall artistes have the mental capacity to speak on the music as true ambassadors on a tertiary level and not all of us are ‘duppy bat’ and ‘butu’ like.” The title of his presentation at UWI was “Pretty as a Colouring Book: My Life and My Art.” Take a listen and share your views on Kartel’s professorial abilities…[Big respect to Dancehall.mobi for the video reportage]
The crowd (I mean the students) sounds pretty hype. But please don’t ramp with Professor Carolyn Cooper.
What’s next? Kartel Decoded? And when is somebody going to ask Lecturer to give a lecture?