4/24/2013 Echo Chamber

 

 

Tonight, to culminate National Poetry Month, the Echo Chamber presented the annual "Word Beat I Powa" dub poetry, beat poetry, hip-hop poetry, and spoken word special.  Of course, it was dub poetry that set the foundation of the show.  And at the base of that foundation tonight was the great poet Mutabaruka - who appeared On April 9th of this year at Macalester College, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Caribbean Students Association of Macalester presented "Resisting Oppression program: JaMinn with Rastafarian Poet Mutabaruka". An excerpt of his performance shows up in a very special "Word Sound I Powa" half-hour mix put together by artist & friend of the show Eggblood.  Also, Dr. StrangeDub's interview of Muta from the same night is also part of the program.
 
Among the other dub poets featured were Jazzmin Tutum,  Yasus Afari, Oku Onoura, Haji Mike (with Dub Caravan), Spaceape (with Dub Gabriel), Ras Takura, Oliver Smith, Jean Binta Breeze, Malachi Smith, and of course, the incomparable Linton Kwesi Johnson.  But there was much more than dub poetry... From the Beat camp we had Jack Kerouac, and Umar Bin Hassan (of The Last Poets) joined Qaballah Steppers with "Trust" in Eggblood's mix.  Other voices included Ken Nordine's unique 'word jazz'; the powerful words and music of Liberian born artist/poet (and KFAI DJ), e.g. bailey;  and The Last Skeptik (ft. Jehst) with the fresh track "Lullaby" (on BBE Records). Ahh, but let us not forget the extraordinary Jamaican DJs. Before there was dub poetry as we know it today, there was already the great tradition of Jamaican "toasters".  DJ Baby Swiss highlighted the art of toasting with I-Roy, Nica Smart, Rhoda Dakar, Ranking Roger, Clint Eastwood & General Saint, Ranking Ann, and George Nooks & Trinity, and StrangeDub added U-Roy (with Horace Andy). Heck, we even had a few snippets from Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe, and Walter Cronkite. What an eclectic mix of words...and beats...and Powa!
 
Playlist Tracks: 
*Mutabaruka - My Revolution
Album: Life and Lessons; Label: Melody Muzik
Oliver Smith - Signs of the Times
Album: Word Sound 'Ave Power; Label: Heartbeat
*Yasus Afari - Wine Pon Paper
Album: Public Secret (soon come); Label: self-release/Fox Fuse
Oku Onoura - Defiance
Album: Dubbin' Away; Label: ROIR
Haji Mike & Dub Caravan - Distrobushan
Album: N/A; Label: self release (Free download)
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Di Great Insoreckshan
Album: Independant Intavenshen; Label: Island
Linton Kwesi Johnson - 5 Nights of Bleeding (poem) [excerpt]
Album: N/A; Label: N/A (live recording)
Linton Kwesi Johnson - 5 Nights of Bleeding
Album: Poet & the Roots - Dread Beat 'An Blood; Label: Virgin/Frontline
Jazzmin Tutum / Madtone / Perch - Dis Ya Time
Album: Share the Flame; Label: Universal Egg
Soldiers of Jah Army (aka SOJA) - Frienemy Dub
Album: Dub In A Time of War; Label: Innerloop
Soldiers of Jah Army (aka SOJA) - Real Dub
Album: Dub In A Time of War; Label: Innerloop
Sunmonx - Pickle [excerpt]
Album: Power Salad; Label: Interchill
*** Dr. StrangeDub interviews Mutabaruka *** - -
Album: N/A (@ Macalester College, St. Paul, MN 4/9/13); Label: N/A
Mutabaruka - Never Get Weary Dub [background to interview of Muta]
Album: Muta In Dub; Label: Lethal
Mutabaruka - People's Dub [background to interview of Muta] - excerpt
Album: Muta In Dub; Label: Lethal
Malachi Smith - Psalm of Malachi
Album: Hail to Jamaica; Label: 4M
*Dub Gabriel - Is This Revolution (ft. Spaceape)
Album: Raggabass Resistance; Label: Destroy All Concepts
Undersea Poem - Menina Que Corre
Album: Undersea Poem; Label: Six Degrees
Sorian - Aiwa
Album: Out of the Box; Label: Mikelabella
*** Eggblood's "Word Sound I Powa Echo Chamber Special Mix - - Start ***
Album: -; Label: -
Vernon and Burns - Fond Farewell
Album: All Aboard; Label: unknown
John Agard - Palm Tree King 9poem)
Album: N/A; Label: N/A
Eggblood w/ Jazzmin Tutum - Turbulence (Dubplate)
Album: N/A; Label: unreleased
Sean Fitzgerald Murray ES - Hollie and Sean Project 1
Album: N/A; Label: self-release (soundcloud.com)
Mutabaruka - Lucky (A Tribute to Lucky Dube)
Album: N/A - live @ Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, - "Resisting Oppression program: JaMinn with Rastafarian Poet Mutabaruka" 4/9/13; Label: N/A
Neil Sparkes and The Last Tribe - Voodoo Island
Album: Burning Mask; Label: Interchill
poetry slam - featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson and unidentified poet - N/A
Album: N/A; Label: N/A
Qaballah Steppers (ft. Umar Bin Hassan) - Trust (Dr. Israel and Professor Shehab Remix)
Album: Shake The Nations; Label: Wordsound
*** Eggblood's "Word Sound I Powa Echo Chamber Special Mix - - End ***
Album: -; Label: -
e.g. bailey - The Unknown Soldier
Album: American Afrikan; Label: Tru Ruts / Speakeasy
See More Perspective - First Impression
Album: First Impression EP; Label: Tru Ruts / Speakeasy
*The Last Skeptik (ft. Jehst) - Lullaby
Album: Thanks For Trying; Label: Barely Breaking Even (BBE)
Jack Kerouac (ft. Steve Allen on piano) - Charlie Parker (poem)
Album: Poetry for the Beat Generation; Label: Rhino
Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band - Up Jumped Spring [overlays Kerouace "Charlie Parker" poem]
Album: Rumba; Label: Random Chance
Ras Takura & Royal African Soldiers - Jamaican Food
Album: Runaway Slaves; Label: Self Release
U-Roy (ft. Horace Andy) - Money
Album: Serious Matter; Label: Tabou.1
IBX92 - Around the World In Dub (poem)
Album: N/A; Label: N/A
Jean Binta Breeze - Aid Travels With A Bomb
Album: Word Sound 'Ave Power; Label: Heartbeat
Jean Binta Breeze - Aid (Dub)
Album: Word Sound 'Ave Power; Label: Heartbeat
Brownout vs. McPullish - Olvidublo
Album: Brownout vs. McPullish In Dub; Label: Charlie's Records
Brownout - Olvidalo (JSole Remix)
Album: Aguilas & Cobras - Remixed & Regrooved; Label: Six Degrees
The Special AKA - Can't Get a Break
Album: 12"; Label: Chrysalis/2Tone
DJ Spooky/Upsetters - Dis Poem Burns Babylon (excerpt)
Album: Creation Rebel; Label: Trojan
DJ Spooky/Observers/Mutabaruka - Dis Poem Burns Babylon
Album: Creation Rebel; Label: Trojan
Ranking Ann - Moonlight Lover
Album: A Slice of English Toast; Label: Ariwa
The English Beat - Doors of your Heart (extended)
Album: The Complete Beat 5cd box set; Label: Go Feet/SHOUT Factory
Linton Kwesi Johson - Want fi go Rave
Album: Independant Intavenshan - The Island Anthology; Label: Island
Jazzmin Tutum - Economic Explorers of the 21st Century
Album: Share the Flame; Label: Universal Egg
Clint Eastwood & General Saint - Another One Bites the Dust
Album: Greensleeves 12" Rulers v.a.; Label: Greensleeves
Ken Nordine - Speck of Dust
Album: Upper Limbo; Label: Grateful Dead
Ken Nordine - Alphabet/Numbers
Album: Upper Limbo; Label: Grateful Dead
*Mutant Frogs - NASKA Dub
Album: unreleased; Label: Skankworks/IMT
Nine Miles - If You Notice
Album: 45; Label: Jamming
Barrington Levy - Under Mi Sensi (Jungle Spliff) - X-Project rmx.
Album: Ragga Jungle Anthems vol. 1; Label: Greensleeves
Dave Brubeck Octet - How High the Moon
Album: The Complete Octet Sessions; Label: Definitive/Fantasy
Tristan Palma/Nica Smart - Mr. False Preacher
Album: Greensleeves 12" Rulers v.a.; Label: Greensleeves
Leo Graham/I-Roy - A Win Them/News Carrier
Album: Joe Gibbs Reggae Discomix Showcase vol. 1; Label: 17 N. Parade/JGM
Jean Binta Breeze - Lovin Was'n Easy
Album: LKJ Presents... v.a.; Label: LKJ
Ranking Ann - A Slice of English Toast
Album: A Slice of English Toast; Label: Ariwa
The English Beat - Drowning (Dub)
Album: The Complete Beat 5cd box set; Label: Go Feet/SHOUT Factory
George Nooks & Trinity - Working My Way Back to You
Album: Joe Gibbs Reggae Discomix Showcase vol. 4; Label: 17 N. Parade/JGM
Program: 
Air Date: 
April 24, 2013