The Legacy of DJ Kool Herc: Celebrating the Jamaican Roots of Hip Hop

April 16, 2020 - 12:00am to April 18, 2020 - 11:00pm [AST -04:00]
Event Location:
Institute of Caribbean Studies
The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

Jamaica’s musical influence is deep and wide. With the sound system as one of the earliest indigenous innovations, musical genres emerged at home and abroad. Alongside homegrown genres such as Mento, Ska, Dub, Reggae and Dancehall are international genres such as Reggaetón, Bhangra, and Dub Step that have been influenced by Jamaican music. There are still those that emerged because of Jamaican music makers who travelled with local engineering, vocal aesthetics and performance practices around the turntable as they migrated to other lands. With a direct umbilical link to Jamaica, Hip Hop is one such genre. More importantly, the large body of Hip Hop scholarship does not usually take into account the Jamaican roots of Hip Hop linked to pioneers such as DJ Kool Herc.

The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), in association with the Office of the Vice Chancellor, University of the West Indies, presents an international conference on the Jamaican roots of Hip Hop, marking the 55th birthday of Clive ‘DJ Kool Herc’ Campbell, one of the founding fathers of the genre. This conference is intended to address the gap in scholarship surrounding the Jamaican roots of Hip Hop while focusing attention on the genre’s global significance.


For further details please contact the conference coordinator at:

Institute of Caribbean Studies
University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

icsmona [at] or hiphoplegacy2020 [at]