How Jamaica conquered the world

Special event to celebrate Emancipation Day.


An evening of ‘How Jamaica Conquered The World’ to celebrate Jamaica’s international cultural influence, will be held as part the Birmingham AfricaADA Caribbean Festival at the Birmingham Repertory Thatre, on Saturday August 1st, from 6:00–9:00pm.

A growing annual summer extravaganza, the colourful, vibrant and entertaining Caribbean cultural extravaganza, formerly known as A Taste of the Caribbean, includes many more events celebrating Caribbean music, dance, art and crafts. The organisers of the Birmingham Caribbean Festival have partnered with CaribBe TV, the premier multi-media platform streaming Caribbean Television & Films live and on-demand, as part of its mission to strengthen the ties between the Caribbean and the UK, for an evening ‘How Jamaica Conquered The World’, which brings a fitting close to the festival on Emancipation Day, in celebration of the Reggae island that has so much more to offer than music.

On the back of his renowned podcast series, the evening will be hosted by Roifield Brown, who will present a lively session of film, podcasts, music and discussion. The panel on the night includes Cleveland Brownie from Kingston, one half of dancehall pioneering duo Steely and Clevie, who will discuss the start of dancehall, Michael Goldwasser from Easy Star All Stars will join us from New York to talk about rise of Reggae around the world, and musicologist Jez Collins from Birmingham University will talk about the crucial role that Birmingham has made in shaping the sound of the island and how this is reflected in Birmingham’s relative ethnic integration.

“Why not come along and join in the debate, learn about our heritage and interact with our panel members,” says Roifield Brown, moderator and creator of the podcast series. “Come and celebrate in what promises to be a unique and fun evening, looking at the rise of the cultural superpower that is Jamaica and the role of Birmingham played in its story.”

All visitors, stand-holders and other participants of the Birmingham AfricaADA Caribbean Festival are warmly invited to join the evening to celebrate Jamaica’s cultural success, which will be a memorable closure of the festive weekend. Entrance to the event is free, but strictly guest list only. For further information and registration, visit:

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