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  Dub poetry
Dub Poetry is a form of reggae music that consists of spoken word performances over a reggae backing.
Dub poetry is mostly of an overtly political nature, with none of the braggadocio often associated with the dancehall.
The odd love-song or elegy appears, but dub poetry is predominantly concerned with politics and social justice, commonly voiced through a commentary on current events (and in this it does share much with Dancehall and any other form of 'conscious' reggae music).
publicliterature.org /en/wikipedia/d/du/dub_poetry.html   (323 words)

 Poetry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Poetry is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to or instead its notional and semantic content.
Poetry can be differentiated most of the from prose which is language meant to convey in a more expansive and less condensed frequently using more complete logical or narrative than poetry does.
In pre-literate societies poetry was frequently as a means of recording oral history storytelling (epic poetry) genealogy law and other forms of expression or that modern societies might expect to be in prose.
www.freeglossary.com /Poetry   (1604 words)

 Jamaica Gleaner - Hard road for dub poetry in gospel - Sunday | October 3, 2004
THOUGH THE use of dub poetry is not very popular in the gospel or secular music industries, there have been those who have committed their ministry to using the art form in their efforts at winning souls for Christ.
The introduction of dub poetry, or 'reggae talk', in Jamaica took place in the late 70s and since then persons who have tried their hand at the art include the likes of Mutabaruka, the late Mikey Smith, Queen Majeeda, Yasus Afari, and DYCR.
"Dub poetry tends to be very explosive and protestant and even though it's gospel that we do, it is not very different from the original art form and people tend to be very uncomfortable because of this.
www.jamaica-gleaner.com /gleaner/20041003/ent/ent3.html   (824 words)

 Dub Poetry, Overview
It is often said that the term "dub poetry" was invented in 1979 by the Jamaican poet Oku Onuora (Orlando Wong) to refer to a type of poetry that had been in existence since the mid-1970's, and that had been heavily influenced by reggae music.
Dub poetry thus relies heavily on the rhythm of reggae music and is an attempt at fusing popular music with poetry.
Dub music is a sub-genre of reggae music and gave rise to a new type of poetry: dub poetry.
marauder.millersville.edu /~resound/*vol3iss2/dubpoetry/dub2_dream.htm   (379 words)

 MP3.com - the source for digital music!
Dub Poetry is an extension of the DJ toasting over instrumental dub tracks that developed in Jamaican dancehalls during the 1970s.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in the Brixton section of London, Johnson invented dub poetry, a type of toasting descended from the...
Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in the Brixton section of London, Johnson invented dub poetry, a type of toasting descended from the DJ stylings of U-Roy and I-Roy.
www.mp3.com /genre/767/subgenre.html   (2535 words)

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dub poetry is nation language / performance / poetry / politrix / roots / reggae.
dub emerged from the psyche/life experience of conscious ghetto youth in jamaica and england in the late 70s - early 80s (such as oku onoura.
live performance has the ability to transcend time and space and to magically transform a dub poet's story into a story for the entire village; prioritizing the spiritual connection between the storyteller and the people.
www.dbiyoung.net /poetry.html   (485 words)

 Jamaica Gleaner - What is dub? Poetry Society of Ja cannot decide What is dub? Ja Poetry Society cannot decide Mel ...
With the International Dub Poetry Festival slated for Jamaica in 2006, after being revived in Canada in 2004 and slated again for that country in 2005, Society president Tommy Ricketts emphasised that a 'wicked army' of poets was needed for the festival.
When asked if there was a market for dub poetry, Cherry Natural, who will launch her book 'Earth Woman' next month, said that inside Jamaica it was limited, but outside the country there was a market.
The discussion of what is dub poetry continued to intersperse the readings, Barry proposing that "one of the reasons there is this split in Festival is dub poetry.
www.jamaica-gleaner.com /gleaner/20040729/ent/ent3.html   (917 words)

 Dub poetry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dub Poetry is a form of performance poetry consisting of spoken word over reggae rhythms, that originated in Jamaica in the 1970s.
Dub poetry is mostly of an overtly political and social nature, with none of the braggadocio often associated with the dancehall.
The odd love-song or elegy appears, but dub poetry is predominantly concerned with politics and social justice, commonly voiced through a commentary on current events (and in this it does share much with Dancehall and 'Conscious' or 'Roots' [reggae] music).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dub_poetry   (466 words)

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Folktales, Dialect Poetry and Dub poetry and are the three main forms of oral narrative tradition within the Jamaican Global Diaspora, a group which comprises natives who currently reside in the island of Jamaica and natives and their descendants who have migrated to other countries.
Dub poets in the 1970s were regarded as emerging role models as their lyrics were having the same powerful impact as previous reggae artistes and their rhythms were fresh (Habekost 1993).
Dub poetry, like general storytelling, stimulates an emotional catharsis among the audience, reminds them of their own experiences and for those unfamiliar with the situation, provides them with an opportunity to view another world in the Jamaican Diaspora and to comment and to possibly change that world.
www.ohiou.edu /aas/happenings/conf/upload/EEstorytellingFINAL.doc   (6325 words)

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Dub poetry is usually taken to refer to a particular type of ‘performance poetry’, a brand of oral poetry performed to the accompaniment of reggae music.
The term ‘dub poetry’ itself is thought to have been invented by the Jamaican poet Oku Onuora to describe a form of oral art that had been developing in Jamaica since the early 1970s.
Thus ‘dub poetry’ may not after all be a valid term for the reggae-influenced poetry produced by the likes of Oku Onuora, Mutabaruka and Linton Kwesi Johnson, and maybe this term should be applied to the people it was originally meant to refer to, that is Jamaica’s first deejays.
www.uow.edu.au /arts/kunapipi/xxvi1/doumerc.htm   (503 words)

 culturebase.net | The international artist database | Jean 'Binta' Breeze   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Her poetry readings are a one-woman festival, a cross between literature, reggae rhythms and performances, combining the folklore of her homeland with the experiences of Jamaican immigrants in Europe.
Poetry and prose by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, born on Jamaica in 1956, stems from the rhythms of reggae.
She deems poetry to be a ghost of itself without the sound and rhythm of the voice, so is not content to have her poetry merely printed.
www.culturebase.net /artist.php?424   (699 words)

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Dub itself describes the paradox of the poet's voice, for dub means both the presence and the absence of Jamaican speech rhythms.
Dub reggae's very emphasis on production, on mixing, is itself a challenge to the ideology of the artist as performer or originator (and is sometimes snubbed by reggae artists precisely because it threatens or subverts their copy-rights).
But if dub reggae mixes out the vocals, dub poetry lays down the voice as an instrument within the reggae beat; indeed, the voice is so closely allied with this beat that if you remove the reggae instrumentation you can still hear its sound in the voice of the poem.
www.iath.virginia.edu /pmc/text-only/issue.993/hitchcoc.993   (7003 words)

Known for her gripping dub poetry and powerful stage presence, Breeze is one of today’s best-known performance poets.
By the early eighties, Johnson had already introduced the Caribbean style of dub poetry to European audiences, and so when Breeze accompanied him to London at age 30, she was an immediate success as the new ‘dub-poet’.
Dub poetry is still closely linked to reggae music and is traditionally written in both standard English and Jamaican patois, which makes the performance of such poetry quite distinctive.
www.msu.edu /~licavol2/JeanBreeze.htm   (2273 words)

 Jamaica Gleaner - Dub poetry on page - Thursday | January 1, 2004
Most of the creators and innovators of dub poetry who helped the artform rise to popularity in the 1970s and beyond, have texts containing their work.
Indeed, dub poetry is not the only oral form which makes it to the pages of The Penguin Book of Caribbean Verse as the text also includes the words of reggae icons Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff; the soca lyricism of Lord Kitchener and The Mighty Sparrow and several folk songs.
Thus, though dub poetry's place on the stage may continue to grow stronger, there is no indication that it will relinquish its right to the stage.
www.jamaica-gleaner.com /gleaner/20040101/ent/ent1.html   (751 words)

 Campus Echo Online - A & E   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The poetry is a fantasy of reality, and when spoken it can be used as a collective voice to the masses that refuse to remain voiceless.
In dub poetry, the instrumental “dub” of a reggae beat was lowered for the first time and the message through poetry was emphasized.
Dub Poetry, a parent to the Dancehall culture, is often seen as the equal sibling to Rap music, the parent of Hip-Hop culture.
www.nccu.edu /campus/echo/archive2-0304/ae-poetry.html   (573 words)

 Eye Weekly - Collective conscious - 01.15.04
"Poetry is not a luxury," Lorde retorted, her response inspiring a poem and essay of the same name.
Dub poet Chet Singh -- with whom Cooper will share the Rivoli stage this Saturday (Jan. 17) at the Black Maple Dub event -- has been absent from the scene for a decade, but his burning need to see change in his world hasn't subsided.
"Dub has become a vehicle for me to comment on issues and to challenge our complicity in the dangerous path our world has embarked on, things like the naked imperialism and colonialism we see from corporations and the governments that support them," he says.
www.eye.net /eye/issue/issue_01.15.04/beat/sample.html   (809 words)

 Centre for Creative Arts - Poetry Africa
From Our Mothers Tongues, aims to showcase South African women’s poetry, as well as her own, to shed light on the true lives and struggles of South African women in their own words, thus creating a process where the art is not only the catharsis, but finding the true voice.
During the last two years her poetry and short stories have been published in over 20 anthologies, magazines and literary journals in over 10 countries.
Nolan says her poetry reflects a perception of the world that is both familiar and strange.
www.cca.ukzn.ac.za /PoetryAfrica2003bios4.html   (1398 words)

 Dub Poetry - Introduction
The style of Dub poetry was, in its early days, a distinctive form of "Black Power rhetoric, Old-Testament Rasta imagery, and ghetto talk, forged into word chains with furious rhymes and fired by exploding reggae rhythms." (Habekost, 159).
The themes of dub poetry are often highly politicised as performers explore issues of central concern for their identity in multilingual, multi-ethnic Britain.
The foundation of dub poetry is word, sound and power and its themes are similar to those sung by Bob Marley: white domination, western oppression, life in the ghetto, police brutality, racism, equality, justice and current economic issues.
www.fb10.uni-bremen.de /anglistik/kerkhoff/DubPoetry/General/DubIntro.html   (793 words)

 DUB POETRY - From the page to the stage - JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM
Dub poet Malachi Smith will be featured in the first in a series of documentaries entitled 'Dub Poetry: From the Page to the Stage'.
And for the dub poet himself, the documentary marks a significant milestone in his development as an artiste and as a person.
Smith, who was filmed in Toronto at the Dub Poetry Festival last year, has won the Reggae Soca awards on three occasions, sharing the honours with Mutabaruka on one occasion.
www.jamaicaobserver.com /lifestyle/html/20050610T100000-0500_82075_OBS_DUB_POETRY___FROM_THE_PAGE_TO_THE_STAGE_.asp   (530 words)

 Dub music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dub is a form of Jamaican music, which evolved out of ska and reggae in 1960s Jamaica.
Dub music is characterized as a "version" of an existing song, typically emphasizing the drums and bass for a sound popular in local Sound Systems.
It was not until 1975 that King Tubby was internationally recognized as the premier dub artist/innovator/producer with the release of his two debut albums "King Tubby Meets The Upsetter At The Grass Roots Of Dub" and "Surrounded By the Dreads at the National Arena".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dub_music   (1126 words)

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Oku said that a dub poem was \'93a poem that has a built-in reggae rhythm - hence when the poem is read without any reggae rhythm (so to speak) backing, one can distinctly hear the reggae rhythm coming out of the poem\'94 1.
Dub lyricism is a new form of (oral) music poetry, wherein the lyricist overdubs rhythmic phrases on to the rhythm background of a popular song.
So the dub poetry tag was originally meant to describe the art form of Jamaican \'93toasting\'94 or deejaying, a brand of popular poetry produced by and for the Jamaican masses.
niceup.com /writers/eric/dub_poets.rtf   (1888 words)

 BBC - Coventry and Warwickshire Culture - Hip-hop poetry
Father of four, former lorry driver, doughnut seller and currently chef, Richard is now also using his skills and newfound talent for poetry to help reduce racism and bring poetry back to the people.
The degree opened up the chance for Richard to forge a career in the arts when a course lecturer first published a piece of his dub poetry, which is a brand of oral poetry arising from reggae and hip-hop cultures.
Richard's dub, hip-hop poetry revolves around issues of racism, definitions of flness, immigration and growing up as an 'Indo Caribbean' in the UK.
www.bbc.co.uk /coventry/culture/stories/2003/07/hip-hop-poetry.shtml   (541 words)

 Jean 'Binta' Breeze - Children's Poetry Archive
She studied at the Jamaican School of Drama before travelling to Britain when she was thirty with the poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, a leading light in the emerging 'dub' poetry scene.
Dub's fusion of reggae rhythms and the spoken word, combined with political subject matter, had found a responsive audience in the radicalised fl community of Britain in the 70s and early 80s and Breeze is recognised as the first woman performer in this traditionally male-dominated field.
Her recording was made for The Poetry Archive on 21 September 2002 at The Audio Workshop, London and was produced by Richard Carrington.
www.poetryarchive.org /childrensarchive/singlePoet.do?poetId=1119   (376 words)

Poetry, prior to [the 40's], was really English poetry, the work of ruling class of englishmen and travellers recording their impressions of the 'sugar isles' and the exhilaration of British imperial sway in an idealized 'tropical paradise.' (Cf.
1980's--remarkable increase of women poets, the emergence of dub poetry, the increasing prominence of the East Indian voice.
Dub, an indigenous usage in this context, is a form of performance poetry having its roots in popular Jamaican culture, and more particularly in reggae and Rastafarianism.
www.eng.fju.edu.tw /worldlit/caribbean/caribbean_poetry.htm   (813 words)

 Upcoming.org: Dub Poets reading at The Rivoli (Tuesday, January 20, 2004)
Dub Poetry originated in the political and creative hub of Jamaica in the late 1970's, when DJ's began to chant over the "dub" or instrumental side of records.
Dub poetry began as, and remains, rebel poetry.
Brought to Toronto in the 80's, Dub's flourishing presence in Canada today is a testament to its legacy and value in the weave of Canadian cultural life.
upcoming.org /event/2080   (183 words)

 Dub Poetry, Conclusion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Thus dub poetry seems to have liberated itself from the straightjacket of reggae rhythms and to have broadened its horizons.
The healthy debate that rocked dub poetry's boat in the mid-1980's has resulted in the development of a new dub poetry that is maybe closer to performance poetry than to reggae poetry.
Overall, dub poets and performance poets have succeeded in making poetry accessible to and popular with a younger and multiracial audience thanks to their outstanding talent as performers of their own poetry.
marauder.millersville.edu /~resound/*vol3iss2/dubpoetry/dub7_dream.htm   (187 words)

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