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July 31, 2011Music
Mutabaruka has established himself as both a literary and musical giant, both in Jamaica and abroad, and is arguably one of Jamaica’s most respected wordsmiths, dub poets and broadcaster. His poems have given voice to a nation and helped forge an entirely new genre of music, dub/rhythm poetry. Revolutionary, fiery, scathing, and stinging, Mutabaruka's words are as potent on paper as on CD, and so the literary community needed to create a new term just for his works – meta-dub. Not a word, but a phrase, Mutabaruka comes from the Rwandan language and translates as "one who is always victorious." What hasn’t Muta done? He has cut singles with the late Dennis Brown and Luciano, hosts a hugely popular Jamaican radio show on the IRIE-FM station, and many of Mutabaruka’s songs recorded with other artists are brought together on the In Combination album (2006) which features songs with reggae greats such as Freddie McGregor, Cocoa Tea, Sugar Minott, Marcia Griffiths, Tony Rebel and more. Mutabaruka is the Musical Director of Caribbean Fashion Week.