Colin Leslie

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Release date
08 February 2020
Colin Leslie
08 February 2020 |

Colin Leslie has built his entire executive career as an astute Jamaican Cultural Ambassador and Entertainment Guru, underscored by his over four decades in the Culture and Entertainment Arts. With a keen gift for entertainment management and an uncanny musical ear, Colin Leslie has span the gamut of the Creative Industries, with his intrinsic flair for innovation, deep industry knowledge and measured risk-taking to navigate the entertainment eco-system and has taken brand Jamaica to the rest of the world.

Colin’s unrivaled passion and commitment to Entertainment Management and Event Planning have greatly informed his current capacity as Part Time Lecturer at the Heart Trust/NTA, in the Entertainment and Events Management Diploma Programme. Throughout the years and complemented by a single-minded focus to develop the amplitude for success and to create workforce-ready cadre of young adults, Colin has been able to share his profound entertainment knowledge at tertiary levels, and as advisor to both national and regional governments, private organizations and individuals.

He has been instrumental in the revitalization of the Jamaica Carnival, serving as Director of Media and Public Relations in Lee Enterprises from 2004 to present.

Colin has worked with an impressive global roster of iconic, established and emerging musicians such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Black Uhura, Gregory Isaacs and Rita Marley among others. As a former Managing Director of the Tuff Gong Group of Companies, Colin Leslie had the distinct honour of being the only team member who has had a working relationship with Jamaican and Reggae Megastar, the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley. He was appointed to the post by Marley’s then Manager, Don Taylor to head the Company, which included Tuff Gong Records, Tuff Gong Music and Addisab Recording Manufacturing Company Limited, where his expertise and skillset were utlised to structure and grow the brand into the global giant of our contemporary era.

Colin Leslie is not only recognized for his savvy management style but his own musical prowess. Third World, one of the leading reggae cultural bands globally, was coined by both Colin Leslie and Cat Coore. Colin later transitioned from being the founding bass player to a member of the management team, a position he currently occupies.

Colin’s unprecedented knowledge and close association with Richard “Dicky” Dobson and Third World, resulted in the imminent opportunity at the time, to cross paths with Chris Blackwell in 1975. Subsequently, he became manager of Strawberry Hill, an antique locale, where local and international upper market groups socialized. As a result of his success in this area, he was later appointed the head of Blackwell’s Island Group of Companies in Jamaica, which included the Property Management and the Music and Film arms of the business operation. He served in this capacity for over a decade.

A proud alumnus of the Wolmer’s Boys’ School, Mr. Leslie studied Management and Accounting from Northern Caribbean University which was then called West Indies College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus (UWI) and is pursuing a Masters in Philosophy in Caribbean Cultural Studies from the UWI, as he constantly hones his craft.
A proud father of three, Colin is a true Jamaican pioneer of reggae music with an unblemished reputation. Unreservedly, Colin Leslie will continue to be a global ambassador of Jamaican culture, impacting the local musical landscape for years to come.