Kokumo Noxid


Country: Jamaica


www.kokumomusic.com
www.myspace.com/kokumo

Biography:

Jamaica is without doubt the foremost nation in the world for reggae! However the cultural, political and social climate tends to shape the musical offerings of this glorious nation.

Kokumo is a citizen and artisan from Jamaica whose debut album Writing’s On The Wall may well be the finest recording in the dub poetry vain for many a decade. Kokumo’s delivery will obviously draw comparisons to Mutabaruka but there is an originality of style that will appeal to audiences worldwide.

Described as not just an artist but also a cultural anthropologist and dub-griot, Kokumo

uses his skills as a singer/songwriter and a dub-poet to capture his audience, whilst taking them on a cultural, spiritual and political journey.

Hailed from the parish better known as the cockpit country in rural Jamaica, seems to have contributed to the powerful voice that allows his words to take flight.

With a name meaning, “this one will not die” in Yoruba, is synonymous with the notion that his work will be around forever.

His work is rooted in the consciousness of Rasta and the cultural experiences of black people worldwide. This consciousness was triggered from an early age which he credited to being around his Rastafarian cousins but didn’t manifest until a later stage in life when he began to write songs and poetry.

Kokumo’s multidisciplinary skills as a performer have landed him roles in plays at the

Royal Shakespeare Company and his own sold out production, “GENESIS 9:25 @ The Birmingham Rep. Theatre, 2010. He also appeared at The Tate Britain, The Poetry Café London, BBC Radio 4, B-Spoken Word, BBC WM, Robert Beckford Show and the colourful face introducing Benjamin Zephaniah at “Griotology” held at The Drum, for his T.V. documentary, “This OBE Is Not For Me.”

Kokumo has being commissioned to write and perform for organizations such as Oxfam

International Birmingham, Arts Council England, West Midlands and BBC WM to mark the 200th Anniversary of the abolition of the Slave Trade in The British Parliament. Other

highlights include his appearance at Calabash Festival, Glastonbury Festival and being included in the “RED” anthology published by Peepal Tree Press 2010.

His written works has also being published in numerous magazines and online journals, most recent appeared in dialogue – a magazine for cultural literacy,

No. 2/Vol. 3, (http://www.lulu.com/roikwabena), edited by the late Dr. Roi Kwabena.

 

Related Podcasts & Events:

blood fi oil (part 2)

from sun up to sun dung

people nuh nyam

gunshot blazing in Sudan

Janjaweed bad breed hab dem plan

initiated by Bush an him gangs

chasing black Africans affa dem lan

fi exploit de oil wut billions a gallong

wanted dead or alive by de oil barrons

time fi talk de truth United Nation

time fi talk de truth Kofi Annan

de scramble fi Africa on de rise again

United Snake and A-robs a fren

now humanitatian crisis

lata a rise in oil prices

lives nuh wut nutten to Hallibutten

a time fi black people show dem suppen

an start cut troat deepa dan dem wells

an bury de corps a de oil cartels

wen a nuh one ting a de ada

masacre afta masacre

wen a nuh precious metal a stone an rubba

from Angola to Liberia

from Congo to Rwanda

hundreds a panya maschette escape from Beljum

an a rip thru skull lakka bullits from a gun

rite thru Africa mi seet

blood a spill fi de mark a de beast

Darfur region tun ghost town

Janjaweed malitia a hunt dem dung

raping an a killing

village bun dung to de grun

man ina numba ten an oval office

a tun an a twist

a sey dis yah a nuh genocide

is jus anada humanitarian crisis

but millions a die

cyaan even bite de fly

wha pitch pon dem mouth caana

not even a drink a waata

de international community sey dem a help

but de media jus a help dem self

United States put sanctions pon medical supplies

fi mek black people die like flies

why! why!

world leaders why

how many will ave to die

fi de price a de oil

blood! blood! blood fi oil

Appeared on Writing’s On The Wall CD, Abeng Productions 2007

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