Michael ‘Freestylee’ Thompson Exhibits at the University of the West Indies Museum

FreestyleeATUWI-f.eps copyMichael ‘Freestylee’ Thompson’s reggae posters inspired the design of the Global Reggae book which was recently published by the University of the West Indies Press.  As editor of the book, I suggested to the Director of the Press, Mrs. Linda Speth, that we needed a funky image for the cover.  She agreed and I went searching on the Internet.

There I found the work of ‘Freestylee’ who describes himself as an “artist without borders”.  He readily agreed to let the Press use the image of the selector I’d selected for the book cover.  He recommended that we ask Maria Papaefstathiou to design the book.  She’s the co-organiser with Michael of the International Reggae Poster Contest:


reggae-poster-exhibition-march2013Maria did a brilliant job incorporating other posters by Michael into the design of the book, especially for the chapter headings.  These posters are now on show for the month of March at the University of the West Indies Museum in the Regional Headquarters, Hermitage Road, Mona.  Opening Hours are Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 4:00.  Admission is free.


3 thoughts on “Michael ‘Freestylee’ Thompson Exhibits at the University of the West Indies Museum

  1. This is great! I will try to find this place – I always get lost on UWI campus – and spread the word! I think Michael does marvelous work, and the international reggae posters were extraordinary!

  2. Michael Freestyle Thompson is doing a wonderful job in showchasing the talent which abounds in the Reggae music fraternity. This exposition will create the impetus to generate more interest in the business sector of this wonderful genre. If we could make concerted efforts to ensure that we are making good images for the world to see persons will take a stock of our creativity. Subsequently it will impact tremendously on the marketing of this valuable product. Reggae music need an injection to rejuvinate it to some semblance of the former acceptance it enjoyed in the 1960s and1970s. We cannot allow a good thing to die so quietly without trying to resuscitate it. The fallen icons of Reggae music would move in their graves if they were to see the state of their handywork in this current generation.

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