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These guys did reggae just as well as any Jamaican band! Again because of time limitations I'm Phoenix Bankrupt quoting this write-up about Kansas City's preeminent reggae band written by Mike Warren and originally published by The Pitch Aug 29, Kansas City's PBR, as it was, and frequently still is, affectionately known, held its own with the king of reggae that night.
Every night we'd get clobbered by them, but we'd climb up another notch. It was a real chop-builder. By '74, Alan Braxe And Friends The Upper Cuts had something that was workable, a band called Rhythm Funkshun.
That band, basically a rhythm section version of what became PBR, broke up because it was a little bit ahead of its time. People were just everywhere, on top of each other, dancing. When it got to the point where we could actually play it good, we made a record ['s Restless Spirit]. Equally accessible were Jamaican DJs. I thought, I'm driving around Jamaica, and I'm hearing my own music on the radio!
The book caused a stir and inspired Wong to change his Derek The Dominos Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs The Layla Sessions 20th Anniversary Edition to Oku Onura.
Eingestellt von zero um Abonnieren Kommentare zum Post Atom. I didn't read that article until it was brought to my attention because we don't get Race Today here in Jamaica. But I am a dub poet, I don't need to coin the phrase: I am the first Jamaican poet whether here or in Britain, to use that phrase to describe my poetry, not a deejay, 'cause I am not a deejay, [I am] a dub poet to be specific.
In fact, Linton was introduced to I and I was introduced to Linton at the same time, by the same person, Mervyn Morris, and when he met Linton, he said to Linton, "Wow, there's a brother in Jamaica, and you remind me of him, you do some similar kind of work". Using the phrase "dub" as a prefix is something common in Jamaica, you know, like "dub the boy! So dub poetry falls into place! Did you read the poems to him or give him a transcript?
Oku Onuora: I gave him a transcript and we selected from that. So Mervyn did not do any kind of editing, because if you know my Jamaican English, it's more akin to the phonetic spelling of the words. Oku Onuora: No, he'd make some suggestions here and there, but, no, what Mervyn actually did was to assist me in putting my first collection of poems, Echotogether and having it published. At first, my poems were exposed to Barbara Gloudon. Barbara Gloudon is an excellent woman. At the time, she had a column in the Saturday Star and I always looked out for her piece.
It was called "Stella" and it was written in the Jamaican language. It dealt with socio-political issues and I was eager to read that column because she was addressing socio-economical issues.
So I communicated with her while I was in prison and I sent her my poems. The first time one of my poems appeared in a public paper was because of the influence of Barbara Gloudon. She had my Oku AK7 Dread Times published in The Gleaner.
At one Ellie Goulding Starry Eyed she became the first female editor of a major paper here in Jamaica. She has written several pieces for the Jamaican Pantomime. So she passed on my work Oku AK7 Dread Times Leonie Forbes who passed it on to Mervyn Morris and when Mervyn got them Mervyn came to visit me and we talked about my work. What I love about Mervyn is that Mervyn did not try to alter or change my poems.
He gave me some useful pointers, some suggestions, and he assisted me in selecting the poems for Echo and I took his suggestions. Mervyn did not come with any kind of academic air. He just came as a poet.
In recent times, I'm realising why we are so similar, why Mervyn likes my work, because my work is concise. I write short poems. And Mervyn Frank Sinatra Strangers In The Night like that: Oku AK7 Dread Times writes very concise poems.
Oku Onuora: Echo spent five weeks number one on the best-sellers' list in the Sunday Gleaner. In less than a Pepe Bradock Burning, it went through about three or four reprints.
The Tom Redcam Library complained because when my book was placed on the shelves, people Oku AK7 Dread Times borrow it and not return it. There were reports of people downtown pushing handcarts with copies of my book in their back pocket.
It was extremely popular because it resonated with the Jamaican people. In I entered three poems in the literary segment of the Jamaica Festival Competition and the three poems received awards. In I entered three poems and I won three awards in three different categories.
The judges in the literary competition who were judging these poems could recognise the reggae rhythm coming out of the Oku AK7 Dread Times. Because, to Oku AK7 Dread Times truthful, I am a frustrated singer. I love to sing, but I don't have a singing voice, so I use my speaking voice. When I do a piece, I hear music in my head. So for The Police Reggatta De Blanc when I did a piece on my debut album like "Thinking" and "Thinking" is dub, it's jazz!
ED: What about the experience of recording your first album, Desireless Voyage Voyage Britmix Drop? How did you hook up with all these musicians? So I recruited Steve Golding and he actually selected the rest of the musicians.
Cedric Im Oku AK7 Dread Times played percussion. By the time I did my debut album, I was well seasoned as a producer because I had already produced my work. I'm an independent producer, from my debut single to my debut album, because I'm talking about self-reliance, and if you're talking about self-reliance and certain things, then you should walk the walk and talk the talk!
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