Network of professionals and contributors

Over the years we’ve developed a network of professionals and contributors that support the need for academic research and development of the subject area. This list includes but is not limited to the names listed below:

Jacqueline Springer – is a London-based broadcast music journalist, university lecturer, and event curator.

His Excellency Mr. Seth George Ramocan – CD, became Jamaica’s 13th High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in December 2016.

Andy Linehan Curator of pop music at the British library

Les Back – Race and racism, multiculturalism, urban life, social exclusion, popular culture and music, sport sociology, postcolonial theory, youth and gender, work and institutional racism, visual sociology, health and illness.

Professor Paul Gilroy Founding Director of Centre for the Study of Race & Racism

Paulette Long OBE – Music Publisher, Board Director, Artist Manager, Consultant, Mentor & Speaker

Paul Reid  – Black Cultural Archives Email:

Zerritha Brown – Senior Producer London Borough of Culture 2020 at Brent Council

Crispin Parry Creative Director & CEO at British Underground

Dr Michael McMillan’s exhibition ‘The West Indian Front Room’ provided an insight to the memories and impressions of black british homes.

Dr William (Lez) Henry – ‘What the Deejay Said: A Critique from the Street!’, the first book by a Reggae Dancehall Deejay.

Vivian Goldman aka the Punk professor at NYU remains the principal female journalist and academic for Punk and reggae during the late 1970s early 1980s.

Lloyd Bradley One of the major British writers on black music publications include ‘Bass Culture: When Reggae was king…and Sounds Like London…’

Dennis Bovell Musician producer and creator of ‘Lovers Rock’, the first indigenous genre from the British Jamaican community in the 1970s.

Joy Ellington Head of Marketing and Promotions at Green Sleeves Records UK, the largest independent reggae label in the world. Chris O’Brian Green Sleeves Records UK

Menelik Shabazz Pioneer of black independent filmmaking in the UK. His film Lovers Rock showcases British reggae during the 70s and early 80s.

Delroy Washington CEO at Federation Of Reggae Music (FORM) UK. His organization focuses on reggae as heritage, targeting the elders within the Caribbean community.

Adrian Boot Director of, the largest collection of reggae images. As principal photographer for “Island Records” he has photographed reggae for over 35 years. His website now serves as the primary resource for images reflecting this area of music.

The Reggae Research NetworkCharles Forsdick University of Liverpool and George Mckay University of East Anglia

Charles Forsdick is a James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool.

Being Human Festival – The UK’s only national festival of the humanities

Alex Pascal MBE One of the founding fathers of the Notting Hill Carnival. He was also part of the team behind the birth of Britain’s most popular black newspapers ‘The Voice’, and was amongst one of the first regular black radio voices on BBC Radio London. Email:

Kwaku is a writer and journalist and also the founder and editor of, one of the longest standing community-led discussion forums on the subject of black music in Britain.

Vanley Burke – the ‘Godfather of Black British Photography’,Britain’s foremost Cultural Anthropologist who specialises in documenting migratory patterns of the Caribbean Diaspora.

Pogus Cesar Photographer, artist and film-maker

Paul Goodwin Chair of Contemporary Art and Urbanism
Paul developed ‘Re-visioning Black Urbanism’, a new research initiative that explores new modes of inhabiting, imagining and making cities from progressive black and culturally diverse perspectives.

Martin Evans – Chair of Steering Committee (The Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex)

Casper Melville – Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies Co-Chair  Centre of African Studies