This month Jamaica. Humbled and excited to speak at The 26th Annual Bob Marley Lecture at The University of West Indies will be UK Cypriot Haji Mike .
Born in Marathovouno, Cyprus, and raised in London, England, Haji Mike is one of the most well known artist in the far eastern Mediterannean island. He is on Youtube, Soundcloud, Twitter, Facebook, iTunes, Bandcamp et al. He’s been on the BBC (Rhythms Of The World TV Programme, and Andy Kershaw live radio sessions) and has graced many radio stations land and net based.
Lyrically he has appeared on many artists creations (attempted full discography below) not only on dub, but hip hop, acid funk, dance and world music. He’s toured extemsively throughout the world in South Africa, Japan, UK, Greece, USA, Ireland, France, Portugal and his homeland, Cyprus. Currently he DJ’s on 3 stations weekly including Nice Up Radio, Riddim 1 Radio & Radio Blind Dog, a station set up with Dimi Morozov
Haji Mike is also an Associate Professor at The University of Nicosia, where he is Head of The Department of Communications and has lectured at conferences throughout the world. He edited the book ‘Art And Social Justice – The Media Connection” – Cambridge Scholars Publishing and recently completed research on Bob Marley Radio which you can access here
In 2017 Haji Mike joined a band, the Highgate Rockers at the grand old age of 57! In the summer of 2018 they recorded their debut LP ‘RLY?’ at Real World Studios . By the end of 2018 a new studio started in Nicosia, Cyprus called Blind Dog Media. Dimi Morozov, Haji Mike and Hugo Enrique Olivos are the key the founding members of this new creative space, which includes a recording studio, radio station, video production space and music label. Blind Dog is our cave…It’s also where all the music and Radio works are done live: