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Linton Kwesi Johnson: A (chanting) voice of reason [Jamaica]:
It was a mixture of the spoken word and lyrical chants from Linton Kwesi Johnson at the fundraising poetry recital, at Liberty Hall on Thursday evening, at the event dubbed Legacy of Garvey. The international poet had the fair-sized audience hanging on to his every word whether he was chanting poetry or sharing his philosophical position on life.

The 'edutaining' programme was divided into three segments, first his performance from his collection of poems, then Johnson rapping with Dr Carolyn Cooper about his works and experiences at home and abroad, followed by a short stint of questions and answers.

One of the world's greatest reggae poets, Johnson warmed the hearts of the gathering with his collection of oral verses titled Mi Revalushanary Fren, beginning as he usually does with the poem, Five Nights of Bleeding. [...]
Jim start to riddle
Di police dem
start to giggle
Mama mek a tell yuh
weh dem do to Jim
Mama mek a tell yuh
weh dem do to him
Dem thump him
in him belly
and it turn to jelly
Dem lick him pon
him back and
him ribs get pop
Dem lick him
pon his head
but it tuff like lead...
[...]
Also: Linton Johnson reads, speaks at Liberty Hall
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