Previous Panelists

2017

Protoje

Recording Artist | There is an exciting resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica and industry experts and observers agree...

Ronald “Ronnie” Burke, OD

Co-founder, Reggae Sunsplash | After years of success as an insurance sales agent, Mr. Burke decided to follow his heart...

Copeland Forbes, OD

Entertainment Manager, Comar Productions Limited | Jamaica’s most prolific global tour manager, artist manager and reggae historian Copeland Forbes has...

Honorable Olivia Grange CD, MP

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports | Ms. Olivia “Babsy’ Grange has had a long, productive and inspiring career...

Tony Rebel

Recording Artist/Event Producer, Rebel Salute/Flames Productions

Brendon “Daddi Barnz” Sharpe

Managing Director, Chronixx Music Group Ltd. | Born Brendon Fabion Sharpe on March 23, 1989, grew up in Spanish Town...

Danny Dread

Iconic brand King Addies’ pioneering selector, the living legend and *original One Drop selector*, Danny Dread is globally recognized and...

Freddie Krueger

Paul Francis better known as Freddie Krueger is the current top selector on Killamanjaro Sound system from Jamaica. Freddie was...

Tandra Jhagroo

Audio Engineer, Full Range Records | Tandra’s talents as an audio engineer has led her to engineer sessions with multi-platinum...

Louis Grant

Executive. Vice President, Irie Jam Media Group NY USA | Louis Grant has enjoyed close to 20 years in media...

Robert Livingston

CEO, Scikron/Big Yard Music

Lorna Bennett

Attorney-at-law/Artiste Manager, Indiggnation Collective | Lorna Bennett is a reggae singer who twice topped the Jamaican singles chart in the...

Gavin “Gavsborg” Blair

Music Producer/Co-founder, Equiknoxx | Gavin Blair has worked over the past decade to establish his name and brand in the...

Jason Bevan

Music/Video Producer/Co-founder, Synthdicate Music Studio | Jason Bevans is based in New York city and is one of the founders...

Michael Harris

Rector, The African Music Institute, Gabon | Since 1991, Michael has been a member of The Little People and Teen...

Owen “Blakka” Ellis

Writer/Educator/Performer, Ellis International Ltd | Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis is a writer, educator and performing artist. Known mostly for his work...

Mikki Sellton

Booking Agent/Event & Artist Mgt., The Reggae Empire

Andre’ Adman

Director of Studies / Head of Music Education, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts | Andre’ Adman...

Matthew Silpot, M.Ed., B.A.

Music Education Officer, Ministry of Education Youth & Information | Matthew Silpot has been in the Performing Arts for over...

Nadine Sutherland, M.A.

Recording & Performing Artist | There are few artistes whose career intrigues different generations, Nadine Sutherland is one such. An...

Sawandi Simon

Producer : DJ, Track 63 Music | Sawandi spends his days as a General Practitioner and makes electronic music after...

Natasha Von Castle

Editor-in-Chief, L3 Magazine | Natasha Von Castle is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is the Editor-in-Chief forL3 Magazine.  In...

Paul Barclay

Board of Directors: JACAP, President: ACCS | Over the past 25 years, Paul Barclay has gleaned the right experience and...

Jamar “J Niice” McNeil

Radio Personality/Producer, The J Show, B96 FM Chicago | Since 2008, J Niice has been a familiar voice on Top40/Pop...

Nikki Z

VP of Content: 21st Hapilos Digital Dist., Radio Personality: Energy JA 102.1FM | Nicole Duhaney better known as Nikki Z...

Niyah

Event Promoter/Booking Agent, MYC Entertainment | Niyah of MYC Entertainment is one of the most visible promoters, event organizers and...

2016

Tessanne Chin

International recording artist/songwriter/ “The voice” season 5 winner  |   While she was introduced to most of the world as a...

Michael Epstein, esq.

Kingz and Pharaohz  |   Michael Epstein, Esq. is a Miami-based entertainment attorney focusing his practice on music, sports, and...

Paul Barclay

Chairman, Jamaica Association Of Composers Authors & Publishers (JACAP)  |   There seems to be no power on earth that will stand...

Renee Robinson

Film Commissioner Of Jamaica  |   Renee Robinson is the Film Commissioner of Jamaica, and a multi-lingual cultural industry strategist and...

Allen Johnston

The Music Specialist  | Allen Johnston has More than three decades of progressive experience in all aspects of music product...

Tiffanie Anderson

Founder, Away To Africa   |      Tiffanie Anderson, attorney and founder of Away to Africa, is a graduate from Florida...

Philip Clarke

Director of arts and culture, university of technology jamaica (UTech)  |   Philip Clarke has been a writer, Actor and Principal...

Dr. Ashley George Hamilton-Taylor

University of the West Indies  |   Dr. Ashley George Hamilton-Taylor is founder of the Web, Animation, Visualisation and E-Learning (WAVE) Research...

Mannin Marsh

Project Grapevine/The Vinelist  |   Mannin Marsh started out his entrepreneurial career while studying Computer Science at the University of Technology...

Michie Mee

Hip Hop Recording Artist, Songwriter, Actress  | Michie Mee is known within the music industry for her unique rap style...

Masani Montague

 Rastafest / Upfront Theatre Foundation  |   Masani Montague is a playwright, novelist, journalist and youth worker active in the Rastafari...

Dr. Sonjah Niaah

The Institute Of Caribbean Studies / The University Of The West Indies  |   The inaugural Rhodes Trust Rex Nettleford Fellow...

John Vilanova

Journalist  |   John Vilanova is a third-year Ph.D. student at the Annenberg School for Communication. His broad research and writing...

Natasha Von Castle

Editor-In-Chief, l3 Magazine  |   Natasha Von Castle is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is the Editor-in-Chief forL3 Magazine.  In...

2015

Assassin aka Agent Sasco

Agent Sasco’s discography over the past decade includes two full albums, and over 300 singles. He has performed solo shows...

Winford Williams

Born in Rural St Andrew, Winford Williams’ career in media spans almost twenty years. Winford entered the scene in 1991...

Kabaka Pyramid

Kabaka Pyramid is a multi-talented artist and producer coming straight from the streets of Kingston, Jamaica with a unique musical...

Garfield “Chin” Bourne

Garfield “Chin” Bourne is co-founder of powerhouse Caribbean entertainment company Irish and Chin. Respected as a Reggae/Dancehall tastemaker and sound...

Olivia “Babsy” Grange, CD, MP

Ms. Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, CD, MP is one of Jamaica’s most prolific talents and campaigners – a businesswoman and social...

Ricky Trooper

Ricardo “Ricky Trooper” Johnson was born in a small town in St. Mary, Jamaica. Before he reached his teen ages,...

Kendall A. Minter

Knights of Malta, O.S.J.  | Kendall A. Minter, a native of New York and graduate and Senior Class President of...

Delroy Thompson

Delroy Thompson a 40 year veteran of the Local / International Reggae music industry started working as Sound Engineer for...

Barbara Blake Hannah

Barbara Blake Hannah, who is affectionately called Mama Makeda, made history and newspaper headlines back in 1968 when she was...

Kareece Lawrence

Born to parents who have an immense love for music, it’s no surprise that she too has become a lover...

Masani Montague, BA (Hons), MES

Masani Montague is a playwright, director, journalist, novelist and researcher. She has written, directed and produced several radio plays, stage...

Marcus Goffe

Mr. Marcus Goffe is an Attorney-at-Law and intellectual property law consultant. Mr. Goffe’s experience spans fifteen years in several areas...

Joavan Puran

Joavan Puran better known as ‘Yagga’ has been involved in the growth and development of contemporary art in Jamaica for...

Lesley-Ann Welsh

‘Artivist’, Culture Curator and Experience Engineer best depict Lesley-Ann’s engagement with the transformational potential of creative expression in work and...

Hugh Douse

Hugh Douse attended the Mico College and later did a B.A. in Media and Communication at the University of the...

2014

Ibo Cooper

Michael Ibo Cooper holds the distinction of being a veteran member of two world renown reggae bands, Inner Circle and...

Karen Marie Mason

Karen Marie Mason has worn man hats in the entertainment industry: Artist Manager; promoter; radio show host. In addition she...

Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik Michael Skolnik (born August 15, 1978) is a 21st-century American civil rights activist, writer, motivational speaker, social media...

Michael “Mikey” Bennett

Mickey Bennett is considered one of the top songwriters in contemporary Jamaican music. A former member of the Home T...

Joan Webley

Joan is driven by a belief that a concerted focus on developing local creative industries will correct the societal and...

Junior Reid

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Delroy ‘Junior’ Reid originally came into prominence around 1984 as part of theWaterhouse crew, and quickly...

Marissa Longsworth

Manager of Copyright and Related Rights Directorate at JIPO, Marissa Longsworth has distinguished herself in the area of copyright. A...

Jasmine Rand, Esq.

Known for her representation of the Trayvon Martin family, Rand excels in the civil rights arena, has posted multimillion dollar...

Nadine Sutherland

Nadine Sutherland Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Nadine Sutherland began performing in 1979, winning the Tastee Talent Contest that year (beating...

Donisha Prendergast

Donisha Prendergast is the granddaughter of Rita and Bob Marley. She is, at heart, a true artist and activist. Her...

Dutty Bookman

Thinker, agitator, author and family man, Dutty Bookman is credited with inspiring the term “Reggae Revival” to describe a current...

Olimatta Taal

Originally hailing from The Gambia, West Africa, Olimatta Taal is a busy woman. Throughout her career she has worked as...

Rayven Amani

Rayven Aman former host of the cable broadcast “Yaad Beat”i is the creator of Jamaica’s Best School Band, the first...

Iyah Gift

Born in West Africa to a Jamaican father and a Nigerian mother, Iyah-gift’s love for creating music was first influenced...

Marcus Goffe

Marcus Goffe has served as a Trademark attorney with the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office as well as an attorney for...

Simone Harris

Analyst Tourism Enhancement Fund Executive Director of 360 ARTISTS, an arts management company representing professional artists in the visual and...

2013

Bob Andy

A Reggae legend, and founding member of the paragons, Bob Andy is responsible for some of Jamaica’s most enduring hits....

Rory “Stone Love”

Calabar Alumnus, Rory Stone Love has been a part of the world’s most successful sound system stone love since 1982....

Paul Barclay

Chairman, Jamaica Association Of Composers Authors & Publishers (JACAP)  |   There seems to be no power on earth that will stand...

Carolyn Cooper

Carolyn Cooper is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at the UWI’s Mona Campus where she teaches Caribbean, African and...

Protoje

Protoje first mix tape, Lyrical Overdose introduced the world to a unique style like no other. The son of Lorna...

Barbara Blake Hannah

The Founder of the Reggae Film Festival, Barbara Blake Hannah was always been a trail blazer. Barbara Hannah left her...

Ibo Cooper

Michael Ibo Cooper holds the distinction of being a veteran member of two world renown reggae bands, Inner Circle and...

Evon Mullings

General Manager, Jamaica Music Society (JAMMS)

Simone Harris

Analyst Tourism Enhancement Fund Executive Director of 360 ARTISTS, an arts management company representing professional artists in the visual and...

Kareece Lawrence

Born to parents who have an immense love for music, it’s no surprise that she too has become a lover...

Marcus Goffe

Marcus Goffe has served as a Trademark attorney with the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office as well as an attorney for...