Mutabaruka returns to Atlanta to deliver spoken word and poetry presentation


mutabaruka.jpgIn celebration of Black Music Month and Caribbean Heritage Month Internationally acclaimed dub poet, social critic, radio commentator, performer and actor, MUTABARUKA will present a 2 hour spoken word and poetry presentation on Saturday, June 23 at the Afrikan Djeli Cultural Center located 840 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd in the West End section of Atlanta at 8pm. New Orleans singer songwriter, Kelly Love Jones will open the program with her insightful, conscious raising acoustic blend. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Admission is free for students under 12 years old.

Mutabaruka, Jamaica's voice of the people and radio show host has a recording career spanning over 21 years with over 9 albums, two books and multiple contributions as a guest artist. His views on politics, religion and justice are insightful, powerful and controversial and stem largely from his Rastafarian world view. As one of Jamaica's leading artist, Mutabaruka is the leading exponent of the genre known as "dub poetry".

The form derived as a natural extension of the Jamaican oral tradition and poetry, combined with a musical backdrop of the islands well known reggae rhythms. However, to call Mutabaruka merely a "dub poet" belies his accomplishments in music production, radio, film and business. He has released nine albums to date focusing on social justice and human rights .

Mutabaruka starred as Shango in the widely acclaimed Haile Gerima film, SANKOFA. His most important contribution to Afro-Jamaica culture may be his weekly radio program, The Cutting Edge which airs weekly on IRIE FM in Jamaica.

One of the most toured Jamaican artistes, Mutabaruka did a stint as guest lecturer at the University of the West Indies during his assignment as Folk Philosopher in 2003/2004. This semester, Mutabaruka will be the artist is residence at Merritt College in Oakland California. The college, from which came the Black Panther Party revolutionary movement of the 1960s, will offer a course titled, "Black Poetry: Revolution With Words," taught by the controversial Rastafarian philosopher.