Dub Poetry is an authentic Jamaican art form pioneered by Ms. Lou who paved a road for future generations of Jamaicans, to respect patois as a language.
This new found pride freed artistes and poets to express themselves on the world stage inspiring audiences everywhere to mimic patois in an attempt to wrap themselves in Jamaica’s unique skin. Ms. Lou’s legacy as a linguist and poet combined with the rise of Rastafari as a philosophical and spiritual compass, awakened Jamaica’s next generation of griots who used their pens like swords and their voices like trumpets to herald the social injustices they bore witness to, all while rhythmically and articulately, delivering their message of resistance. Dub Poets being honoured, have carried the art form to the four corners of the earth with scholarly distinction and cultural authenticity.
The IRD Salute to the genre and its heroes will feature a digital art exhibit in association with the International Reggae Poster Contest and Michael ‘Freestylee’ Thompson aka Artists Without Borders, citations and media specials including a weekly feature in June co-produced with IRIE FM’s Cutting Edge hosted by Mutabaruka.