Benjamin Zephaniah is a man of fierce words, who flexes his musical poeticism by rapping about street politics. With his band, The Revolutionary Minds, he creates dub-reggae protest songs influenced by the music and poetry from Jamaica. Zephaniah is dedicated to bringing a voice to those who are disenfranchised, and writes about global and local issues affecting UK people.
He was born in Birmingham to Caribbean parents, and describes his upbringing as particularly tough. After spending time in prison following gang involvement, he moved to London in his early 20s to find his new tribe in a group of poets and artists. Today, he is widely celebrated as one of London’s leading dub poets, and openly refused acceptance of an OBE award in his fight for an anti-empire stance.
On the 17th of May at The Jazz Cafe, Zephaniah and his band will create the soundtrack to your rebellion. Feel pumped with revolutionary power and hope for the future, and help make a difference via the rumbling bass-heavy dance floor.
This year, we only got a glimpse of the music bonanza offered by the Womad UK weekend. Our stay in Malmesbury consisted of a hit-and-run or a ‘toccata-and-fugue’, in-keeping with the musical topic, and saw us pay a visit to Charlton Park on the last day of the event. Still,…