MICHAEL “IBO” COOPER
Lecturer, Jamaica School of Music, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts
Mr. Kingsley Michael “Ibo” Cooper OD, JP (Kgn), is a founding member of two of the most internationally recognized Reggae Bands; Inner Circle and Third World, where he functioned as keyboardist, vocalist, song-writer, record producer and band leader. During this period, he achieved:
- Production of 17 albums for Third World,
- Production of several other artists,
- 6 Grammy nominations for Third World alone.
- Arrangement and performance on the biggest
selling single locally, “Cherry Oh Baby”
- Co-production and performance on “Try Jah Love” and “You’re Playing Us Too Close” with Stevie Wonder,
- Performance as keyboardist on Lenny Kravitz’s album “Eleuthra”,
- The keys to the city of Atlanta from Mayor Andrew Young,
- A United Nations Peace Medal,
- A Musgrave Silver Medal and
- An Order of Distinction from the Jamaican Government.
This development facilitated his being an international brand.
He is presently chairman of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association, and a member, with 40 years’ service, of the entertainment board where he still serves as chairman of the Education sub-committee. The musical director for the Grand Gala 2013 in celebration of Jamaica’s 51st Anniversary of Independence, he has conducted community projects on behalf of the Citizens’ Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) in Fletcher’s Land, Kingston. This led to the formation of the Cohesion Band. He was also coordinator of a 3 year programme called Healthy Lifestyle for the Ministry of Health. This programme targeted young people from 7 to 13 years of age. Mr. Cooper led the Healing Unification and MURCY (HUM) Programme in schools in Jamaica and in England (N.B. MURCY is the acronym for the band Musician United Regarding Crises in Youth) and he assisted in the course coordination and instruction of the Red Stripe Project Artist programme.
For the past 18 years, Mr. Cooper has served Music Education at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in the capacity of senior lecturer, developing ensembles and teaching