There’s a new release coming from Studio One vocal/harmonica legend Charley Organaire soon and it sounds amazing. There are his first new Ska recordings in decades and features the backing of the Twin Cities own The Prizefighters who backed the artists earlier this year in Chicago for one of their Jamaican Oldies weekends.
Found a story on the BBC player where Benjamin Zephaniah reassesses dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson’s 1978 debut album. Dread Beat an’ Blood which expressed the black British experience as it had never been heard before. Using his trademark spoken word style set to an instrumental reggae beat, the record voiced the frustration of a generation.
Linton Kwesi Johnson is the father of Dub poetry and became only the second living poet and first black poet to have his work published in Penguin`s Modern Classic series. Édouard Glissant has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature for his writings on creolization processes and aesthetics of worldliness and is widely acknowledged one of the most important Caribbean writers of the past half-century. Both poets are major key-figures of this and the last century. So what happens when thsee two old friends meet on a summer day to discuss the matter of things in the world?