History of dub poetry

© Dave Thompson - Reggae & Caribbean Music

Oku Onuora Although it is only within the last 30 years that the terms "dub poetry" & "rapso" have passed into the common musical lexicon, both forms arose perhaps 25 years earlier than that, in response to an extraordinary challenge thrown down to Caribbean artists by the intelligentsia to prove that the "common man" could create uncommon art. It is a challenge which has been met so frequently, that today it is not even an issue. Fundamentally, the two styles are parallel branches of the same tree, distinguished more by their musical accompaniment than by any variation in form. Dub poetry tends toward a reggae (but not necessarily dub)-based backing, rapso combines the "rap" with calypso or, in the hands of more practitioners, soca. [Read more...]

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