4/22/2009 Echo Chamber


Tonight the Echo Chamber presented the annual Word Beat I Powa dub poetry, beat poetry, and spoken word special. Of course, it was dub poetry that set the foundation and included the dub poets Oku Onoura, Mutabaruka, Royal African Soldiers, Jean Binta Breeze, Benjamin Zephaniah, Oliver Smith, and of course, the incomparable Linton Kwesi Johnson. Other slices of dub poetry included the new Dub Gabriel track Spirit Made Flesh (featuring Karen Gibson Roc); the extremely chilled No Ordinary Life from JEN Chin Chillaz; and the very cool Dilly Dally from the Brooklyn Funk Essentials (featuring Everton Sylvester). But there was more than dub poetry.... As always, the Word Beat I Powa special included some beat poetry (with readings from Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg) and some great Jamaican DJs (including U-Roy, Prince Buster, I-Roy, and Dennis Alcapone). One of the highlighted rhymesayers was KFAI's own e.g. bailey with his fantastic America and 2 other poems (including Griots). Finally, we included poems and other spoken word gems from Jah Wobble (feat. Ronnie Drew); the new Heavyweight Dub Champions album (feat. Dr. Israel Elf Transporter); Cool Hipnoise (feat. Last Poets); The Fire This Time (feat. Assata Shakur); Dr. Echo (feat. Solange St.Croix); Symarip (aka Roy Ellis); Dr. Ring-Ding; and the incomparable Ken Nordine. And, to complete the word-beat chaos, DJ Baby Swiss included the Green Slime trailer and soundbytes from the original Space Ghost cartoon on top of some heavy taiko beats from Kodo.
Note: * indicates recent releases and newly re-released material

Playlist Tracks: 
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Five Nights of Bleeding
Album: Dread Beat An' Blood; Label: Frontline/Virgin
Jean Binta Breeze - Aid Travels With a Bomb
Album: Word Sound 'Ave Power; Label: Heartbeat
Oliver Smith - Signs of the Times
Album: Word Sound 'Ave Power; Label: Heartbeat
Benjamin Zephaniah - This Poetry
Album: N/A (recorded from live performance); Label: N/A
Mutabaruka - Set De Prisoners Free
Album: Word Sound 'Ave Power; Label: Heartbeat
Royal African Soldiers - Jamaican Food
Album: Runaway Slaves; Label: self release
Royal African Soldiers - Food War
Album: N/A; Label: self release
*JEN meets Chin Chillaz - No Ordinary Life
Album: Comfy Dub [various artists]; Label: Tricorn / Finetunes
Oku Onoura - Defiance / Dub Out
Album: Dubbin' Away; Label: ROIR
Oku Onoura - Untitled Dub
Album: Dubbin' Away; Label: ROIR
Avatar - Medicine Buddha Dub
Album: Summa Iru; Label: self release (CD Baby)
Avatar - Special Dub
Album: Summa Iru; Label: self release (CD Baby)
Brooklyn Funk Essentials (w/ Everton Sylvester) - Dilly Dally
Album: Cool And Steady And Easy; Label: RCA
Dub Gabriel (feat. Karen Gibson Roc) - Spirit Made Flesh
Album: Anarchy Alchemy; Label: Destroy All Concepts
Oku Onoura - Cumin Dub
Album: Dubbin' Away; Label: ROIR
Mutabaruka - Never Get Weary Dub
Album: Muta In Dub; Label: Lethal
Kukan Dub Lagan - Step Ina Rasta Step
Album: Step Ina Rasta Step; Label: MikelaBella
Cool Hipnoise (feat. Last Poets) - C'mon Family
Album: Trust.Belief.Love.Respect; Label: Select Cuts
*Heavyweight Dub Champions (feat Dr. Israel Elf Transporter) - Dawn
Album: Rise of the Champion Nation; Label: Champion Nation Recordings
e.g. bailey - America
Album: America [single]; Label: Tru Ruts
e.g. bailey - Griots + We Were Not Always Missing
Album: N/A; Label: direct from artist
Chris Thompson - Red Morning Rise [overlayed on top of above 2 poems]
Album: Red Morning Rise; Label: Groovetrumpet.com
Jack Kerouac - Charlie Parker
Album: Poetry for the Beat Generation; Label: Rhino
Gregory Corso - I Am 25
Album: Howls, Raps, and Roars; Label: Fantasy
Allen Ginsberg - In the Back of the Real
Album: Howls, Raps, and Roars; Label: Fantasy
John Coltrane - Part 3 - Pursuance [overlayed on top of above 3 poems]
Album: A Love Supreme; Label: Impulse!
The Fire This TIme (feat. Assata Shakur) - Reluctant Warrior
Album: Still Dancing On John Wayne's Head; Label: eXtreme / Filter
Jah Wobble (feat. Ronnie Drew) - London Rain
Album: Celtic Poets; Label: 30 Hertz
Back to Base (feat. Benjamin Zephaniah) - Nu Blue Suede Shoes
Album: Heading For the Door; Label: MPRecords
U-Roy / Horace Andy - Come On, Come On
Album: Now; Label: Tabou1/Beatville
I-Roy - Walk Right In
Album: Touting I Self; Label: Heartbeat
Dr. Echo - Star Dub
Album: Echo Evahlastin'; Label: Annica
Algar - Liquid Dub
Album: Stepaction; Label: Fresh Poulp
*Pressure Cooker - Rockers Delight
Album: What She Wants; Label: Jump Up!
Dr. Echo Solange St. Croix - Our Relationship
Album: Echo Evahlastin'; Label: Annica
Matumbi - Brother Louie
Album: Music in the Air; Label: Trojan
Prince Buster - Big Fight
Album: Big Fight [single]; Label: Blue Beat
Matumbi (feat. I-Roy) - Point of View
Album: Music in the Air; Label: Trojan
Dennis Alcapone - No. 1 Station
Album: Ba-ba-ri-ba Skank; Label: Treasure Isle/Lagoon
Dr. Ring-Ding - Save A Bread/Save A Toast
Album: Dandimite; Label: Moon Ska
unknown - Trailer from Green Slime movie
Album: N/A (YouTube video); Label: N/A
Kodo - Taiko drumming excerpt [overlayed on top of Space Ghost']
Album: not sure; Label: not sure
unknown - Segment from original Space Ghost cartoon
Album: N/A (YouTube video); Label: N/A
Ken Nordine - Down the Drain
Album: Best of Word Jazz; Label: Word Beat
Symarip (aka Roy Ellis) - Skinhead Moonstomp
Album: Skinhead Moonstomp; Label: Trojan
Symarip (aka Roy Ellis) - Phoenix City [excerpt]
Album: Skinhead Moonstomp; Label: Trojan
Air Date: 
April 22, 2009