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An inspirational dub philosopher poet and edutainment specialist, Yasus Afari is frequently described as Jamaica's best kept secret. With eight albums, two books and numerous tours to his credit, Yasus Afari has collaborated with many iconic greats such as Black Uhuru, Toots & the Maytals, Beres Hammond and King Kapisi of Samoa/New Zealand, among others. As a cultural entrepreneur he has also developed the Jamaica Poetry Festival, Poetry in Motion & The Pomedy Show among others. As an artist he possesses the revolutionary will to kill poverty, ignorance and injustice, awakening vigilant vibrations with words and sounds of power. His philosophy is: 'Celebrating Life with Laughter Love and Learning; while embracing One Earth, One Love and One Humanity.'
Halifax Poet Laureate, 2013-2015, El Jones is a spoken word activist and teacher. She was the two-time captain of the back-to-back national championship Halifax slam team in 2007 and 2008. El has performed all over Canada, including at the 10th Anniversary All-Star edition of When Sisters Speak in Toronto. In 2012, she was sponsored by Citizenship and Heritage Canada on a reading tour of Nova Scotia with George Elliott Clarke. Her poetry is particularly committed to political causes and social justice and has worked extensively with organizations around Halifax performing and presenting on issues of social change. She is dedicated to using poetry in prison outreach and youth engagement, and volunteers twice a week at Centerline Studio. El is current artistic director of Word Iz Bond Spoken Word Artist Collective. She currently teaches in the African Canadian Transition Program at NSCC and in the Women's Studies program at Acadia.