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Reggae Artist and Activist Blakk Rasta to Perform at UCM

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 19, 2017) – The Center for Religious Studies at the University of Central Missouri will host reggae artist and activist Blakk Rasta in residence on the UCM campus in Warrensburg.

Blakk Rasta will present a lecture, “Radio as the Most Important Tool of Activism in Africa,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Wood 100. He will discuss why radio has more patrons in Africa, and why radio programming on black history is sparking social change. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Blakk Rasta will present a concert featuring his original Kochuko sound at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in Hendricks Hall. Student musicians and members of the ABC Gospel Choir will work with him during his residency and perform with him at the concert.

The concert is free and open to the public, but advance ticketing is requested to assure adequate seating. Tickets are available from the Central Ticket office in Administration 100 from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, or online at

Throughout his residency at UCM during January, Rasta has lectured to classes on a variety of topics, including Rasta vs. Reggae music; Kochuko vs. Reggae as a tool of social change in Africa; and poverty, religion, colonialism, and corruption in African society.

Financial assistance for Blakk Rasta’s residency and performance at UCM has been provided by the Center for Religious Studies, Office of Student Activities, The Honors College and the International Center, with logistical assistance from the Center for Africana Studies, the Performing Arts Series, the Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity, and David Aaberg and  the Department of Music.