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Linton Kwesi Johnson ''Live in Paris'' (Jamaica, 2003).

07/11/2010 18:03 0 Comentarios Lectura: ( palabras)

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LINTON KWESI JOHNSON  ''LIVE IN PARIS''  (JAMAICA, 2003) @

Linton Kwesi Johnson (jamaica / dub poetry)

Aclamado en Europa como una leyenda por su poesía y su música, y respetado en el mundo por su prestigio como el primer poeta del reggae, Linton Kwesi Johnson (LKJ) nació en 1952 en Chapelton, un pueblo de la zona rural de Clarendon, Jamaica.

imageEn en año 1963 cambia su residencia a Londres, Inglaterra, donde estudió Sociología, en el Goldsmiths' Collage de la Universidad de Londres. Durante esta etapa se unió a la agrupación Panteras Negras y, al tiempo que ayudaba a organizar un taller de poesía dentro del movimiento, desarrolló su trabajo con Rasta Love, un grupo de poetas y percusionistas.

En 1974 se publicó su primer volumen de poemas titulado Voices of the Living and the Dead. Su segunda colección poemaria, Dread Beat An' Blood, se publicó en 1975 junto con una película homónima, realizada por la BBC a la manera de un documental sobre el surgimiento de un poeta joven.

En 1980 edita su tercer poemario: Inglan Is A Bitch. En 2002, con el título Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems, Linton Kwesi Johnson se convirtió en el segundo poeta vivo y el primer poeta negro con obra publicada en la prestigiada colección Penguin's Modern Classics.

Tings An' Times, editado en 1991, es un álbum y una colección de poemas co-publicados por Bloodaxe Books and LKJ Music Publishers. En 1996 Johnson lanzó al mercado su CD LKJ A Cappella Live, una colección de poemas sin música, sobre el cual el Boston Phoenix escribió que eran "pasajes de un poeta-asesino solitario".

Por su destacada labor en el campo de la poesía, Linton Kwesi Johnson ha sido galardonado con la medalla Silver Musgrave, otorgada por el Instituto de Jamaica, siendo ese galardón el segundo reconocimiento más importante de ese país.

Su trabajo merece siempre comentarios de reconocimiento, tanto de colegas como de la prensa de diferentes países. El poeta y novelista Fred D'Aguilar ha calificado el trabajo de LKJ como "la más novedosa y original forma poética surgida en lengua inglesa en el último cuarto de siglo".

imageCC Smith, del LA Weekly escribió: Su visión sin concesiones es producto de la migración del caribe a Inglaterra. Sus palabras expresan la frustración, las aspiraciones y la pobreza de una oprimida sociedad negra y un apoyo contundente a su lucha por la libertad. Misma que arropa con una atinada fusión de los ritmos callejeros del reggae.

Nigel Williamson, del diario The Times ha escrito que: "Nadie ha hecho una crónica de la lucha de la gente negra en Inglaterra tan efectiva como la de Linton Kwesi Jonson. Su combinación de poesía y reggae ha inspirado a toda una generación de músicos dub, tanto en Gran Bretaña como en todo el mundo".

Su vasta producción tanto de libros como de discos incluye, entre otros títulos: Forces of Victory (1979); LKJ in Dub (1981), seguida por Volume Two (1982) y Volume Three; Making History (1984), y More Time (1998). Grabado en el Queen Elizabeth Hall de Londres, LKJ Live in Concert with the Dub Band fue nomanado al Grammy Award en 1985. En 2004, Linton Kwesi Jonson lanzó al mercado un CD y DVD titulado Live in paris with the Dennos Novell Dub Band.

Sus discos que se han posicionado en los primeros lugares de las listas de álbumes de reggae en el mundo, y sus libros han sido traducidos al italiano y al alemán. Fuente

image**************************The Elder Statesman of Reggae Poetry: Linton Kwesi Johnson Wreaks Havoc With Live CD, DVD, and a Riot of Recognition

Twenty five years ago a young Jamaican man in London—with the fire of the Black Panthers in his soul and the love of his people in his heart—began performing poetry with phrases such as "Shock-black bubble-doun-beat bouncing / rock-wise tumble-doun sound music / foot-drop find drum, blood story / bass history is a moving / is a hurting black story." Bob Marley once asked that same man why he was so militant and why he wasn't a Rasta. That man is Linton Kwesi Johnson, and though he still takes the stage—as featured on the new Linton Kwesi Johnson Live in Paris CD and DVD, released February 8, 2005 by Wrasse Records—in recent years he has found long-overdue respect in poetry circles and beyond.

As recently as 1982, The Spectator (the oldest continuously published magazine in English) wrote that the Jamaican patois and phonetic spelling used by Johnson "wreaked havoc in schools and helped to create a generation of rioters and illiterates." But this year Johnson was voted #22 in a poll of the top 100 Black Britons of all times. He became the first Black poet and the second living poet to be included in Penguin Books' iconic Modern Classics series, with the publication of Mi Revalueshanary Fren. He was made an Honorary Visiting Professor of Middlesex University and received an Honorary Fellowship from his alma mater Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London. The UK's original dub poet has come of age.

The new DVD is the first ever video footage of Johnson available. The performance's packed diverse audience in Paris shows his global reach. The live releases celebrate Johnson's twenty-fifth anniversary as a recording artist—something he never expected would last—and he has long wanted to release a video to make his poetry accessible to a wider audience.

LKJ—as his fans call him—was born in a rural Jamaican town called Chapelton in 1952. His grandparents on both sides were peasant farmers. As a child, he could hear the drums coming from the hills and the rumble of the sound systems that would set up dances a couple of miles away from his home. "I didn't discover music, " Johnson declares on an interview featured on the DVD. "I was born with music, from the time I heard my heart beating." image

Johnson's mother immigrated to Britain in 1962 just before Jamaican independence and at age 11 he joined his mother in Brixton. Though he adjusted to his new home, it did not fit "the picture-book idea one has of the mother country." "We were the children of immigrants, brought to England to do the work that the White working class didn't want to do, " Johnson explains on the DVD. "We were not supposed to have higher aspirations."

But driven by a mission to overcome the poverty handed to him and with a keen critique of race relations in Britain, Johnson emerged as an outspoken poet; first performing with drummers in the vein of the Last Poets, and then with a full reggae band.

"Language is about identity, and when I began to write in verse, I knew I wanted to use the kind of language that could best convey the experiences I wanted to articulate and I knew that was not going to be the rarefied language of classical English, " Johnson explained to a Scottish newspaper recently. "For me, one of the defining characteristics of poetry is authenticity of voice and my natural voice is the ordinary spoken Jamaican language."

In addition to making fans of reggae poetry for two and a half decades, Johnson created the seminal 10-part radio series on Jamaican popular music, From Mento to Lovers Rock, on BBC Radio 1 in 1982. He has also worked as a TV journalist and runs his own record label, LKJ Records. His previous, debut live recording was nominated for a Grammy. But his first recording Dread Beat An' Blood continues to be his best-selling record, converting new generations around the world—from France to Japan—to the meter and rhyme of "the world's first reggae poet."


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