Linton Kwesi Johnson

(b. 1952)

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(1952– ),

poet, performer and reggae artist, born in Jamaica. He came to England in 1963 and studied sociology at Goldsmith's College. Dread Beat an' Blood (1975), his first album, introduced his characteristic voice of disaffected dissent, with bleak and powerful lyrics. In 1977 he was writer in residence in the London borough of Lambeth. Later volumes of verse and albums include Forces of Victory (1979), Bass Culture (1980), Inglan is a Bitch (1980), Making History (1984), and Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems (2002). His work (Tings An' Times, CD, 1991, and More Time, CD, 1998, with its haunting single ‘Liesense Fi Kill’) continue to show a strong political commitment to the cause of black rights.

Subjects: Literature — Music.

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