SOUND MEMORY: “…UWI is unlocking the potential of the West Indies…”

We have to thank Sean MockYen of the rich & diverse Media Lab at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Archive for pulling out this recollection in sound.

It is an excerpt of a song that was written in 1997 by Dr Knox Hagley, then Director for Community Health & Psychiatry at the UWI Mona Campus in Jamaica, where Dr Hagley had literally come of age decades before – a member of one of the early cohorts of medical students at the then single-campus University College of the West Indies.

Dr Hagley, who died in August 2017, was well known then, and since, as the mellow voice singing the iconic song ‘Mona Moon’, an anthem for campus couples written by one of their number. This later song, which Dr Hagley himself wrote and sang to accompaniment by Dr Douglas Welds, expresses the writer’s feeling about the special role that the university has played in regional development.

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