Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze

(b. 1956)

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(1956– ),

poet and performer, born and brought up in Jamaica, she attended the Jamaican School of Drama. Breeze has lived in the UK since the mid‐1980s after being invited by fellow poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. She began writing and performing dub poetry in the 1970s, when it was still very much a male preserve. Her publications began with Riddym Ravings and Other Poems (1988), in which the eponymous ravings of the title poem are those of a homeless black woman. Other collections include The Arrival of Brighteye and Other Poems (2000), which includes a Brixton Market version of Chaucer's Wife of Bath; and The Fifth Figure (2006), about five generations of black British women. She has also made a number of recordings, including Riding on de Riddym (1996).

Subjects: Literature — Music.

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