On Saturday 30th May the University of the West Indies installed its new Vice-Chancellor, the Barbadian professor of History and former Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Cave Hill Campus.
The event was held at the newly constructed Usain BOLT gymnasium at the Barbados Campus of UWI and was witnessed by a large cross section of the Caribbean academic community as well as the Prime Ministers of the Bahamas, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados.
In addition to his well-known academic work on Caribbean Economic History Sir Hilary Beckles is also chairman of the CARICOM reparations Committee which is seeking to bring a lawsuit against Britain and other European countries for reparations for the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade and slavery in the Caribbean.
In recognition of his great interest in the reparations question Anthony “Gaby” Carter was specially commissioned to create a musical work entitled “reparations” for the ceremony.
The organizing Committee chose three highly respected performers in the Caribbean to perform the work as the final item for the installation ceremony. The Performers chosen were Mighty Gabby of Barbados, OPHELIA of Dominica and Ibo Cooper from Jamaica, former member of the famous reggae group Third World.
The song is expected to be recorded by the tree performers for release later this year.
OPHELIA is a graduate of the UWI Cave Hill Campus and also the recipient of the Musical Trailblazer Award from the institution.