FOR those in the music industry, Earl 'Chinna' Smith represents the authentic reggae sound. The renowned guitarist — also known as Melchizedek the High Priest — is to receive the Silver Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica on October 16 for his contribution to Jamaican music. A total of eight medals will be presented to the 2013 recipients for their achievements in the literary, scientific, and artistic fields. The awards comprise two gold, four silver and two bronze. Smith deems the recognition an honour. Smith recalls being introduced to the guitar as a child in the late 1950s when a family friend visited his home with the instrument. This chance meeting would mark the start of what has been an impressive career which began in the 1960s. Along this path, Smith, 58, has encountered a myriad of artistes including international artists, Lauryn Hill on her Grammy-winning album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse, reggae king Bob Marley stands out for Smith. Having been at the forefront of the music for nearly a half-a-century, Smith has had a great vantage point witnessing the growth and development of reggae. And although he is pleased with the way the music has developed globally, he says other areas still leave much to be desired.