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Norman Weinstein

Born Allan Hope in Kingston, Jamaica, Mutabaruka began his literary and musical career when he became affiliated with Rastafarianism in the 1970s. He published three poetry collections during that decade, all marked by his imaginative handling of Jamaican colloquial speech patterns, his praise of Africanisms in Jamaican culture, and his fiery condemnations of Western politics and materialism. The release of his first recordings in 1982 signaled the start of a new career as a so-called dub poet (a poet writing and performing poetry within the context of reggae instrumental music). Inspired by the example of poet Linton Kwesi Johnson Mutabaruka sought to arouse his audiences to take political action to counter what he perceived as the destructive actions of hypocritical authorities But his recording of Revolutionary Poets revealed a self critical examination of that stance revolutionary poets have all gone to the creative art centre to watch the ...