Dread Beat an’ Blood – Linton Kwesi Johnson (1978)

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Dread Beat an’ Blood is an album by Poet And The Roots released in 1978 on the Frontline label. It was produced by Vivian Weathers and Linton Kwesi Johnson. The Poet is dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and The Roots are Dennis Bovell, Jah Bunny, Desmond Craig, Winston Curniffe, Everald Forrest, Floyd Lawson, John Varnom, Lila Weathers and Vivian Weathers. Most of the tracks first appeared in Johnson’s 1975 book of poetry Dread Beat an’ Blood. This album was the result of collaboration between Johnson, who had been active as a journalist and reggae critic as well as a poet, and Bovell a dub master and record producer. The combination of Bovell’s heavy dub rhythms and Johnson’s monotone intonation of his poetry created a whole new genre of reggae: dub poetry.”
Wikipedia

“The title pretty much says it all. This is a stunning debut and an indication of the great things that were to come. Johnson’s debut is longer on spoken-word pieces than it is on poetry and music, but Dennis Bovell’s influence can be felt in these eight tracks. Songs such as ‘It Dread Inna Inglan,’ which describes the death of George Lindo at the hands of racists, or ‘Five Nights of Bleeding,’ which recounts tales of British police’s capricious use of violence against London’s West Indian population, are moving and confrontational mini-masterpieces of anger and a man searching for justice in a country that seems all to willing too deny it to him and other Afro-Brits. A powerful and compelling record.”
allmusic

YouTube: Dread Beat an’ Blood (Live), Song of Blood, Doun De Road, Man Free (For Darcus Howe), It Dread Inna Inglan (For George Lindo), Come Wi Goh Dung Deh, All Wi Doin Is Defendin

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