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  Benjamin Zephaniah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah is a British Rastafarian writer and dub poet, and is well known in contemporary English literature.
Zephaniah is a self-described passionate vegan, and an honorary patron of the UK based Vegan Society.
Zephaniah has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of North London (in 1998), the University of Central England (in 1999), the University of Staffordshire (in 2002), London South Bank University (in 2003), and the University of Exeter (in 2006).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Benjamin_Zephaniah   (414 words)

 Benjamin Zephaniah f'Malta
Benjamin Zephaniah, renowned poet, who was declared 'Poet of the Year' by London magazine 'City Limits' in 1983 and 1985 and was short-listed for Oxford Professor of Poetry.
Benjamin Zephaniah’s visit to Malta is being organized by Inizjamed and the British Council in collaboration with the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity.
Benjamin Zephaniah, a leading rap poet born in Jamaica,* was delivering one of his performances of poetry recital in North East England.
www.geocities.com /inizjamedmalta/benjamin_zephaniah_in_malta.htm   (5167 words)

 Benjamin Zephaniah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Zephaniah’s not a lone figure in Britain’s poetic environment: Wendy Cope, Roger Mc Gough, Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, to mention but a few, have also done much to popularise the genre by making it accessible to people at large and by taking special care of new readers: children and adolescents.
Zephaniah is definitely a poet to be seen and heard rather than one to be read.
Though of medium height, Zephaniah fills an auditorium with his presence as soon as he comes in: dreadlocks down to his waist, a feline gait, gleaming eyes and a smile which can be all tenderness at one moment and all mischief at another.
www.britishcouncil.org /zh/argentina-arts-zephaniah_about.htm   (651 words)

 Benjamin Zephaniah talks about his poetry | Oxford Brookes University   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Benjamin Zephaniah's approach to life is to continually ask questions and adapt his behaviour.
Zephaniah declined an OBE because it should have been offered for his work for animal rights, his struggle against racism, the letters he's written to people in prison, and on behalf of those who opposed the war in Iraq.
What Zephaniah really wants is for people to be inspired by his work, for it to mean something to them: 'It may be that you have memories of the first time you read the poem, perhaps reading it at university with a boyfriend, and you remember that when you read it again.
www.brookes.ac.uk /publications/oak/issue23/benjamin_zeph   (1183 words)

 Why poet Benjamin Zephaniah is a rebel with a cause   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
When Zephaniah recently performed at the GCSE Live Poetry Conference in Central London alongside the likes of Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage, it was clear to see we weren't the only young people moved by his work.
Humorous is definitely a word to describe Zephaniah's performances as he often has his audience in the palm of his hands, bringing across the seriousness of the issues he talks about while giving his poems a light hearted feeling.
Zephaniah also remembers how difficult it was growing up in a household where his mother and father were locked in physical, mental and emotional battles, often with him in the middle of it, just like the main character in his novel:
www.childrens-express.org /dynamic/PUBLIC/bz_rebel_with_a_cause.htm   (1359 words)

 Benjamin Zephaniah CV at PFD
Benjamin Zephaniah `It started with poetry and music, but it led to so many other things.
Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham.
Benjamin says: `I have been called a dub poet, an oral poet, a performance poet, a pop poet, a pub poet, a rap poet, a Rasta poet, a reggae poet and even a fl poet, the list goes on.
www.pfd.co.uk /clients/zephania/a-pre.html   (1040 words)

 Benjamin Zephaniah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Poet, novelist and playwright Benjamin Zephaniah was born on 15 April 1958.
Benjamin Zephaniah's facility with rap and ballad forms has made him one of the most popular poets in the county and his assured performances have made him a TV favourite.
Despite the horrors of oppression detailed in much of Zephaniah's work, this introduction and some of the poems are optimistic: he has made good use of the opportunities for travel afforded by his poetic fame but his conclusion is to be reinforced in his love for Britain, and especially London, despite all their flaws.
www.contemporarywriters.com /authors/?alpha=Z   (950 words)

 BBC - Radio 4 - Home Truths Benjamin Zephaniah
Benjamin was born in Jamaica but grew up in the Handsworth district of Birmingham, England, leaving school at 13.
London City Limits magazine declared Benjamin 'Poet of the Year' in 1983 and 1985 and he was shortlisted in 1988 for 'Oxford Professor of Poetry'.
In the last few years Benjamin has appeared increasingly on BBC radio and television and public events as performer and cultural commentator and still performs all his work from memory.
www.bbc.co.uk /radio4/hometruths/about_benjamin.shtml   (161 words)

 BBC - OneMusic - Benjamin Zephaniah
In the early eighties when punks and rastas were on the streets protesting, Zephaniah's poetry could be heard at demonstrations, at youth gatherings, outside police stations and on the dance floor.
Zephaniah viewed poetry as a vehicle of expression to be enjoyed by everyone and not just those involved in academia and the establishment.
Benjamin Zephaniah provides the music for the album and Trevor Morais who has worked with Elton John, Phil Collins, Mike Batt and Art Garfunkel, provides the beats.
www.bbc.co.uk /radio1/onemusic/ras/zephaniah.shtml   (483 words)

 Benjamin Zephaniah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah, 1958, Handsworth, Birmingham, England.
Zephaniah states that he cannot remember a time when he was not creating poetry, inspired primarily by the music and lyricists of Jamaica.
In 1996 Zephaniah worked with children in South Africa at the behest of Nelson Mandela and hosted the president's Two Nations Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
promo.mudhut.co.uk /catalogue/benjamin_zephaniah.htm   (285 words)

 Benjamin Zephaniah News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Birmingham-born poet Benjamin Zephaniah has written a poem about The Osbourne family to mark the final episode of their popular MTV reality series.
Benjamin Zephaniah sent a plea across the Atlantic at the age of 13: a Jamaica-bound letter to Bob Marley asking whether he should stick with poetry.
ACCLAIMED British poet Benjamin Zephaniah was due to receive an honorary doctorate for his...
www.topix.net /who/benjamin-zephaniah?scoring=r   (465 words)

 Benjamin Zephaniah
The Zephaniah legend (as I see it) is of a Rastafarian prodigal son, born in 1958 in Handsworth, son of a Barbados postman.
Benjamin Zephaniah was dyslexic, expelled at 13 and sent to a home where abuse was rife.
Zephaniah talks about the "oppressed" about the failures of socialism - "they want us all to be equal, but they want us all to be equally poor" - with such unfashionable zeal that even Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, has invited him to grow up and join the "real" world.
www.arlindo-correia.com /121100.html   (5231 words)

 Benjamin Zephaniah - Naked @ Designer Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Zephaniah's friend, Carl Hyde from Underworld, suggested he hook up with the drummer and programmer Trevor Morais, a canny move as his musical friends are some of the best in the business.
Zephaniah is almost crooning on this chilled out track with his hushed, unhurried tones.
Structuring a diverse range of music to the words of Benjamin Zephaniah is no easy task, but the talented musicians assembled on this album is a major coup.
members.tripod.com /designermagazine/BenjaminZephaniahALBUMREV1.html   (377 words)

 www.myspace.com/benjaminzephaniah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Remarkably, as Benjamin was himself unable to read or write at the time he channelled the poems onto paper by dictating them to a literate girlfriend.
Due to his prolific output Benjamins reputation continues to grow and flourish in several areas of work all of which are united and underpinned by the written and spoken word.
Benjamins music is primarily intended to inform and entertain, and is unafraid to touch upon political and socially sensitive areas including subjects such as; politics, war, terrorism, abuse, responsibility, prisons and the media.
profile.myspace.com /index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=57806930   (1617 words)

 One Little Indian • Benjamin Zephaniah
Benjamin Zephaniah to play at BBC Electric Proms
Benjamin Zephaniah's new album "Naked" has proved one of the most original and thought provoking releases of recent years...for challenging music that will make you laugh, cry, shout, whisper and everything in between.
It has cemented Benjamin's status as a real voice for the current generation- someone who is unafraid to stick firmly to his ideals without pretentiousness or insincerity.
www.indian.co.uk /benjaminzephaniah   (129 words)

 A Poet Called Benjamin Zephaniah
I was born in the district of Handsworth in Birmingham.
With Alem - and his family - Benjamin Zephaniah has created a brave young man who despite all that happens to him, maintains a shining spirit of courage throughout.
Cutting-edge performance poet Benjamin Zephaniah has written poems about 12 children from all over Britain, who come from a whole range of cultural backgrounds.
www.benjaminzephaniah.com /kidz.html   (1023 words)

 Children's Library - Benjamin Zephaniah
Benjamin's full name and title is Dr. Benjamin Obadiah Zephaniah and he is famous for creating poetry strongly influenced by Jamaican music and poetry, and performing his poetry live.
Benjamin writes poems that are fun, but with a serious message.
Here is a selection of books written by Benjamin Zephaniah.
www.tameside.gov.uk /libraries/childrens/bzephaniah.html   (116 words)

 Black History Month: Benjamin Zephaniah
Periodically The Benjamin Zephaniah Band takes to the road, the nature of the music business means records get to places around the globe a little quicker than the poet, so many people around the world are more familiar with the poets music than his performances, plays or books.
Mandela heard the tribute whilst in prison on Robben Island and soon after his release he requested an introductory meeting with Zephaniah, they have not built a relationship which has led to Zephaniah working with children in South African townships and hosting the President's Two Nation's Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in July 1996.
Zephaniah believes that working with human rights groups, animal rights groups and other political organisations means that he will never lack subject matter.
www.black-history-month.co.uk /articles/zephaniah.html   (1182 words)

 Generation Why - stuff | exclusive benjamin zephaniah download
Benjamin Zephaniah’s work has been called many things – including dub poetry, performance poetry, pop poetry and rap poetry – but he prefers the title ‘oral poet’ because, he says, ‘as I write my poetry, I can hear the sound of it’.
Zephaniah says his poetry is ‘ strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica’.
Andrew Motion, Al Alvarez, Benjamin Zephaniah, Carol Ann Duffy, Dannie Abse, Fleur Adcock, John Hegley and Pam Ayres are part of a line up of top British and Irish poets who have recorded Life Lines, an anthology CD for Oxfam.
www.oxfam.org.uk /generationwhy/stuff/benjamin_zephaniah   (407 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Talking Turkeys (Plus): Books: Benjamin Zephaniah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Zephaniah's poems are at once benign and profound and therefore should resonate with people of all ages.
If Benjamin Zephaniah's utopian and peaceful worldview were reality, the earth would be an ideal place.
Benjamin Zephaniah is the coolest bloke on the planet.
www.amazon.co.uk /Talking-Turkeys-Plus-Benjamin-Zephaniah/dp/0140363300   (463 words)

 One Little Indian • Benjamin Zephaniah • Naked [CD]
Benjamin Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham.
He cannot remember a time he was not creating poetry but this had nothing to do with school where poetry meant very little to him, in fact he had finished full time education at the age of thirteen.
Zephaniah, who famously turned down an OBE, said: "On the night I wrote the poem I was thinking about all the things that I loved and how much I would miss them if they went.
www.onelittleshop.com /product_info.php?products_id=428   (289 words)

 Benjamin Zephaniah: Naked - PopMatters Music Review
It doesn’t always work, the musical backing sometimes whispers when it should rage, but when it does, Zephaniah’s torrent of words are like a broken bottle to the face of The Sun, New Labour, New Media; to the same old wars, to white culture and fl culture, and to himself.
His words are eloquent, funny and angry and belong less to academic textbooks and more to a form of public storytelling that’s ragged and vital and bursting with music.
Indeed, Naked is characterized by the poet’s constant desire to talk about the subjects absent from the charts, be it in the slightly clunky call for respect of “Responsible”, or the slyly comic tale of celebrity excess and woe of “Superstar”—the latter delivered in a broad, cutting Birmingham accent.
www.popmatters.com /pm/music/reviews/benjamin_zephaniah_naked   (820 words)

 An interview with Benjamin Zephaniah
Poet, novelist, playwright and social activist Benjamin Zephaniah was born in 1958.
Benjamin is performing along with different Hip-Hop bands and poets at the Forum, Kentish Town on 22nd October.
Benjamin's photo exhibition runs from today until early January at the Manchester Art Gallery.
www.pressureworks.org /frontline/features/zephaniah_interview.html   (2153 words)

 workersplaytime - Benjamin Zephaniah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
In the early Eighties when Punks and Rastas were on the streets protesting about the SUS Laws, high unemployment, homelessness and the National Front, Zephaniah's poetry could be heard on demonstrations, at youth gatherings, outside police stations and on the dance floor.
Because of his ability to perform, it was once said of him that he was Britain's most filmed and identifiable poet.
His only official fan club developed in Malawi in Central Africa and his only Number One Hit Record was in the former Yugoslavia where the 'Rasta' LP was first released on the Helidon label.
web.onetel.com /~workers_mc/pages_wp/wpzephaniah.htm   (886 words)

 Benjamin Zephaniah Interview - January 17, 2003
Oral Poet Benjamin Zephaniah reasons with Ireggae about British views on the impending war against Iraq and the power of the media to control people.
Benjamin has just returned from Jamaica where he was working on a project for BBC Radio: "Rasta History".
During the interview Zephaniah recites one of his more recent works entitled "Wrong Radio Station".
www.ireggae.com /zephaniah.htm   (152 words)

 Benjamin Zephaniah - Penguin UK Authors - Penguin UK
Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born in Birmingham in 1958.
Writing the book was a new challenge for Benjamin who confesses “I haven’t read that many novels… I had an idea in my mind what I wanted to do and I did it.
Benjamin is a vegan and says that “it was the poet in me that made me a vegetarian.
www.penguin.co.uk /nf/Author/AuthorPage/0,,0_1000051523,00.html   (1991 words)

 'Refugee Boy' by Benjamin Zephaniah - enCompass Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Benjamin Zephaniah is famous for being a poet: one of the best performance poets working in the UK.
Although a lot of Refugee Boy is set in the UK, I found it a fascinating window on what it must have been like to be a refugee from Ethiopia or Eritrea coming to England to seek asylum.
Zephaniah writes in such a way that you identify very closely with Alem and all that he has to put up with.
www.encompassculture.com /readerinresidence/botm/benjaminzephaniah   (356 words)

 Benjamin Zephaniah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
One of UK's most well-known contemporary poets will visit Estonia for the Baltic Book Fair in Tallinn, and will also be performing at the Prima Vista festival in Tartu.
Jamaica born rap poet, novelist and playwright Benjamin Zephaniah grew up in Birmingham, England, leaving school at 14.
Benjamin Zephaniah has become famous mostly for his politically sensitive poetry, which is at its best when performed by the author himself live on stage.
www.britishcouncil.org /ca/estonia-arts-events-zephaniah.htm   (161 words)

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