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Dis Poem Word Festival - Honouring Mutabaruka

As published in the Tuesday, April 23, 2013 edition of the Jamaica Gleaner, Organisers of Dis Poem Word Festival have said it is an event honouring 60 year old Radio Broadcaster and Poet, Mutabaruka.  Host and performer Ras Takuran in explaining why the event was held in his honour, said Mutabaruka is, "an ancient with the Rastafari tradition."  In addition to that, Ras Takuran made reference to persons like late South African Steve Biko and Malcolm X of the United States, who died much younger than Mutabaruka and according to him, "You nuh have nuh whole heap a revolutionary whe deh roun...". The event will be held Sunday April 28, 2012 at Hope Bay Beach, Hope Bay, Portland.

Organisers say, Dis Poem Word Festival is a "poetry festival," looking for growth for poetry in general and one which they would like to have people from "all over the world" come see what the poets are doing in Jamaica.  

The day long event is expected to run from 10am to 6p.m. and will present Mutabaruka, I-Wayne, Professor Carolyn Cooper, Cen C Love, Uprising Roots Band, Prof I, Abbebe, DYCR, Steppa, Jah9 and many more.

Source: Gleaner Jamaica
Writer: Mel Cooke