Jamaica ’82: The DJs rule the nation’s charts and hearts but alternative voices are making themselves heard in the roots poetry of artists like MUTABARUKA and MICHAEL SMITH.
PAUL BRADSHAW chews over the muse in two exclusive interviews, and declares the matter crucial.
One of the high points of this summer’s Reggae Sunsplash festival was the performance of Mutabaruka. His poetry provided an oasis of powerful, vibrant lyricism and some swingeing attacks on Jamaican society at all levels.
Muta lives high in the mountains in the Potosi District overlooking Montego Bay and spends little time in Kingston, but as luck would have it at the end of an afternoon idling and sweating in the 94 degree heat of downtown Kingston, I sighted his…
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