Caribbean Writers Roots on New CD

14 01 2012


British Library publishes CD of Caribbean and black British poetry to mark Black History Month

“Your mango ripe?”
Grandma stop feeling and squeezing up me fruit.
You aren’t playing in no band.
Me mango ain’t no concertina.’

– Amryl Johnson, Granny in de Market Place

In celebration of Black History Month the British Library has released a new 2-CD set, Caribbean Roots, featuring some of the most significant Caribbean and black British poets of the past several decades reading their own work. The 2-CD anthology features recordings first issued by the British Library on cassette over twenty years ago, together with previously unissued live performances.

Poets include Linton Kwesi Johnson, E A Markham, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, David Dabydeen, Amryl Johnson, James Berry, John Agard, Grace Nichols, Benjamin Zephaniah and Michael Smith.

The poets share a range of experiences, emotions, and influences, reflecting both the culture of the Caribbean and life as a black person in Britain.

Read full article @ Uk Black Writers Board

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