Linton Kwesi Johnson used his position as the preeminent dub poet to introduce a brilliant young Jamaican poet to a wider audience, in the early '80s. Dub poetry embodies reggae rhythms, and much of it carries militant political messages. Michael Smith's poetry is intensely personal as well as political. On this recording it is paired with the ever-powerful music of Dennis Bovell and his Dub Band, supplemented by a couple of members of Aswad. It makes for a very strong recording.
This record has cult status, for a year after it was released, Michael Smith was murdered during a ferocious period of political warfare on the streets of Jamaica. It received lukewarm promotion and limited distribution from Island Records. Yet Michael Smith deserves to be heard. Here is your chance.