IRD Dub Poets

Dub Poetry is an authentic Jamaican art form pioneered by Ms. Lou who paved a road for future generations of Jamaicans, to respect patois as a language.

This new found pride freed artistes and poets to express themselves on the world stage inspiring audiences everywhere to mimic patois in an attempt to wrap themselves in Jamaica’s unique skin. Ms. Lou’s legacy as a linguist and poet combined with the rise of Rastafari as a philosophical and spiritual compass, awakened Jamaica’s next generation of griots who used their pens like swords and their voices like trumpets to herald the social injustices they bore witness to, all while rhythmically and articulately, delivering their message of resistance. Dub Poets being honoured, have carried the art form to the four corners of the earth with scholarly distinction and cultural authenticity.

The IRD Salute to the genre and its heroes will feature a digital art exhibit in association with the International Reggae Poster Contest and Michael ‘Freestylee’ Thompson aka Artists Without Borders, citations and media specials including a weekly feature in June co-produced with IRIE FM’s Cutting Edge hosted by Mutabaruka.

Louise Bennett-Coverley

Louise Bennett-Coverley

A Jamaican poet, folklorist, writer, and educator. Writing and performing her poems in Jamaican Patois or Creole, she worked to preserve the practice of presenting poetry, folk songs and stories in patois.
Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Usually referred to as Mikey Smith (14 September 1954 – 17 August 1983), was a Jamaican dub poet.[1] Along with Linton Kwesi Johnson, and Mutabaruka, he was one of the best-known dub poets.
Mutabaruka

Mutabaruka

Allan Hope, better known as Mutabaruka, is a Jamaican Rastafari dub poet, musician, actor, educator, and talk-show host, who developed two of Jamaica's most popular radio programs, The Cutting Edge and Steppin' Razor.
Oku Onouru

Oku Onouru

known as the "father of Jamaican dub poetry" is a Jamaican dub poet and performer.
Linton Kwesi-Johnson

Linton Kwesi-Johnson

A UK-based Jamaican-British dub poet. In 2002 he became the second living poet, and the only black poet, to be published in the Penguin Modern Classics series.
Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah

a British writer, dub poet and Rastafarian. He was included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers in 2008.
Jean 'Binta' Breeze

Jean 'Binta' Breeze

A Jamaican dub poet and storyteller. She has worked also as a theatre director, choreographer, actor and teacher.