Linton Kwesi Johnson - Reggae Greats
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In he became the second living poetand the only black poet, to be published in the Penguin Modern Classics series. Johnson's middle name, "Kwesi", is a Ghanaian name that is given to boys who, like Johnson, are born on a Sunday. Johnson Linton Kwesi Johnson - Reggae Greats born in Chapeltona small town in the rural parish of Clarendon, Jamaica. In he came to live in Brixton, Londonjoining his mother who had immigrated to Britain shortly before Jamaican independence in While still at school he joined the British Black Panther Movement helped to organise a poetry workshop within the movement, and developed his work with Linton Kwesi Johnson - Reggae Greats Love, a group of poets and drummers.
Johnson went on to study for a degree in sociology at Goldsmiths College in New CrossLondon graduating in Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Cha-Cha-Cha - Flanders & Swann - The Complete Flanders & Swann Johnson has recalled: "it was fantastic, you know, having written something and having it staged with actors and musicians.
That was back in before I had a poem published anywhere. That was before anyone had ever heard of Linton Kwesi Johnson. Johnson received a C. Day-Lewis Fellowship inand that year became writer-in-residence for the London Borough of Lambeth.
In Johnson was bestowed with an honorary fellowship from his alma mater, Goldsmiths College, University of London. In he was awarded a silver Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica for distinguished eminence in the field of poetry. He is a Trustee of the George Padmore Institute. In August it was announced that he would receive the Order of Distinction in October that year.
Litt by Rhodes University in South Africa. Most of Johnson's poetry is political, dealing mainly with the experiences of being an African-Caribbean in Britain: "Writing was a political act and poetry was a cultural weapon However, he has also written about other issues, such as British foreign policy and the death of anti-racist marcher Blair Peach.
Johnson wrote "Reggae fi Dada" on the death of his father inblaming social conditions. The poems contain graphic accounts of the racist police brutality occurring at the time cf. Johnson's poetry makes clever use of the unstandardised transcription of Jamaican patois. Johnson's poems first appeared in the journal Race Todaywhich published his first collection of poetry, Voices of the Living and the Deadin Johnson is one Linton Kwesi Johnson - Reggae Greats only three poets to be published by Penguin Modern Classics while still alive.
Johnson wrote for New Musical ExpressMelody Makerand Black Music in the s,  and while working on a freelance basis for Virgin Records during this period he wrote biographies for reggae artists on the label, as well as sleeve notes and copy for adverts.
His poem Di Great Insohreckshan is his response to the Brixton riots. Johnson's work, allied to the Jamaican " toasting " tradition, is regarded as an essential precursor of rap. Johnson's record label LKJ Records, launched in is home to other reggae artists, some of whom made up the Dub Band, with whom Johnson mostly Linton Kwesi Johnson - Reggae Greats , Political World - Bob Dylan - Live In Berlin 1990 other dub poets, such as Jean "Binta" Breeze.
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