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Black Woman

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Naturally,
you are the center of the universe,
Black woman today is your day it is your day is a day to honor you is a day for you black woman
My dear,
Darline,
my empress,
you are my dear, black woman,
my mother,
queen of the pack,
yes she is black,
as dark as the womb from whence i came, yes black you remain the same,
in mind, and character, you are the only chapter,
in this day,
today,
yourday’
i honor you
African queen,
you are supreme,
to all forms of human being,
as the night is to day ,
with you i want to stay,
creating my future, with a look in your eyes,
i know you are a blessing, without disguise,
making men,
realize,
how to be wise,
in time of need,
you are my only pride,
so i say,
black woman,
today is your day, it’s mother’s day,
carved, and protected my being from conception to birth,
yes black woman, you know what’s life worth,
authentic manifestation, of mother earth, i trust and i know you can’t be curse, on this day, your day, women’s day,
the likkle black sista is getting stronger,
Bringing back the days of the great Cleo patra,
Amy Jacques, Garvey’s believer,
Yes black princess,
you are no deceiver,
King Selassie I…….. know and trust Queen Omega
Whom bore the fruit, represent the future,
Black woman,
Mi mother Tetes.

RasTakura

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The Science of Agriculture

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They have represented me with the worst image,
but I know without doubt, that is because of their lock of knowledge, foresight they don’t have to see distance,
that’s why they are living in ignorance
Hail Selassie I se h any country that used agriculture as the main source of income……..
can look forward to the future with confidence,
but because of lock of confidence in self
we tend to put our burden on some one else,
but all you can see
is a result of me
being so humble….
close you feed you, shelter you.
But because you don’t want fi know, se h
certain plants fi grow….
such as soya, cassava…..ganja,
hey hand mi some seeds nuh, I’m the planter……
digging deep to find the essence of living, cause life is not all about blining
it involves ….
soil been tilling and seeds been planting and taking care of your kids, creating a better future fi dem youth yah
but all lives will be an illusion……… with the failure of agriculture,
but because of 500 years of slavery
we toll without pay on agronomy,
create in our mind a reverse psychology
to think that agriculture…… is so low….. and dirty,
but it’s for every mind in town and country to plant a seed and save the economy,
protect the environment,
better future fi we Pinckney,
uplift your meditation, give clearer concentration…
people fi know se h I was here before them,
Because…I’m a man of the past…..
living in the presents and stepping in the future……..

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Biography

RasTakura- founding member of Royal African Soldiers, nominated for the International Reggae and World Music (IRAWMA) award in 2011 – Dub Poet of The Year.

His work covers not only modern issues but critical ones that need to be brought to the forefront. He performed on Word Sound Power that was featured on BETJ. He is a Jamaican Reggae Dub Poet, recording and performing artist, Farmer, Painter, conscious Rastaman residing on the country side of the island of Jamaica.

RasTakura gains his inspiration from H.I.M. Haile Selassie I, Marcus Garvey, Mutabaruka, Andrea Williams-Green and Capleton.

RasTakura’s agricultural and environmental roots were deepened at the Knockalva Agricultural School, and the College of Agriculture, Science & Education (CASE).

In 2003 Takura was featured on the Multicast Poetz CD – a compilation album with Mutabaruka, I-Nubia, Steppa, alongside Neto & Ginsu – produced by Mackonen Blake Hannah & Eric Dixon.

RasTakura has been featured on IRIE FM’s programs – Running African & the Entertainment Buzz. He has been interviewed on the Elise Kelly Easy Skanking program on Irie FM, Jamaican’s number one Radio Station, plus numerous international interviews

He has been featured on T.V.J, CVM TV, as well as in several local print medias such as: The Star, The Gleaner and The Observer Newspapers.

He is “A Potent, Afrocentric Political Poet with a cause” – Rooted with two underground compilation CD’s, Run-Away-Slaves & Dragon Slayers, and a DVD, produced by C.P.T.C. RAS Poetz.

RasTakura was born, and still resides in the beautiful parish of St. Ann, in a small community neighboring Nine Miles, the home of Reggae Legend Bob Marley. He spent his earlier years growing up on a farm with his Grandparents then later lived with his single mother in a neighboring District. He recognized his talent while attending Bensonton All Age School where he gladly used the opportunities given to perform on every school and community concert as a Dancehall Deejay.

He has performed on some of Jamaica’s major shows including Reggae Sumfest, St. Mary Mi Come From, Capleton & Frenz, Fiwi Sinting, Rebel Salute ‘07, Heineken Startime, plus numerous appearances in schools, Colleges and Universities across the island. He is the founder of Dis Poem Word Fest, an all day Poetry festival going on its 4th year on CASE campus and is also the founder of Caribbean Griots Speak, a forum for Carribean writers.

Look forward to the voice of the future, living in the present. Look forward to the upcoming ‘Food War’ album. Look for RasTakura.

RasTakura

Biography

RasTakura- founding member of Royal African Soldiers, nominated for the International Reggae and World Music (IRAWMA) award in 2011 – Dub Poet of The Year.

His work covers not only modern issues but critical ones that need to be brought to the forefront. He performed on Word Sound Power that was featured on BETJ. He is a Jamaican Reggae Dub Poet, recording and performing artist, Farmer, Painter, conscious Rastaman residing on the country side of the island of Jamaica.

RasTakura gains his inspiration from H.I.M. Haile Selassie I, Marcus Garvey, Mutabaruka, Andrea Williams-Green and Capleton.

RasTakura’s agricultural and environmental roots were deepened at the Knockalva Agricultural School, and the College of Agriculture, Science & Education (CASE).

In 2003 Takura was featured on the Multicast Poetz CD – a compilation album with Mutabaruka, I-Nubia, Steppa, alongside Neto & Ginsu – produced by Mackonen Blake Hannah & Eric Dixon.

RasTakura has been featured on IRIE FM’s programs – Running African & the Entertainment Buzz. He has been interviewed on the Elise Kelly Easy Skanking program on Irie FM, Jamaican’s number one Radio Station, plus numerous international interviews

He has been featured on T.V.J, CVM TV, as well as in several local print medias such as: The Star, The Gleaner and The Observer Newspapers.

He is “A Potent, Afrocentric Political Poet with a cause” – Rooted with two underground compilation CD’s, Run-Away-Slaves & Dragon Slayers, and a DVD, produced by C.P.T.C. RAS Poetz.

RasTakura was born, and still resides in the beautiful parish of St. Ann, in a small community neighboring Nine Miles, the home of Reggae Legend Bob Marley. He spent his earlier years growing up on a farm with his Grandparents then later lived with his single mother in a neighboring District. He recognized his talent while attending Bensonton All Age School where he gladly used the opportunities given to perform on every school and community concert as a Dancehall Deejay.

He has performed on some of Jamaica’s major shows including Reggae Sumfest, St. Mary Mi Come From, Capleton & Frenz, Fiwi Sinting, Rebel Salute ‘07, Heineken Startime, plus numerous appearances in schools, Colleges and Universities across the island. He is the founder of Dis Poem Word Fest, an all day Poetry festival going on its 4th year on CASE campus and is also the founder of Caribbean Griots Speak, a forum for Carribean writers.

Look forward to the voice of the future, living in the present. Look forward to the upcoming ‘Food War’ album. Look for RasTakura.

Black Woman

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Naturally,
you are the center of the universe,
Black woman today is your day it is your day is a day to honor you is a day for you black woman
My dear,
Darline,
my empress,
you are my dear, black woman,
my mother,
queen of the pack,
yes she is black,
as dark as the womb from whence i came, yes black you remain the same,
in mind, and character, you are the only chapter,
in this day,
today,
yourday’
i honor you
African queen,
you are supreme,
to all forms of human being,
as the night is to day ,
with you i want to stay,
creating my future, with a look in your eyes,
i know you are a blessing, without disguise,
making men,
realize,
how to be wise,
in time of need,
you are my only pride,
so i say,
black woman,
today is your day, it’s mother’s day,
carved, and protected my being from conception to birth,
yes black woman, you know what’s life worth,
authentic manifestation, of mother earth, i trust and i know you can’t be curse, on this day, your day, women’s day,
the likkle black sista is getting stronger,
Bringing back the days of the great Cleo patra,
Amy Jacques, Garvey’s believer,
Yes black princess,
you are no deceiver,
King Selassie I…….. know and trust Queen Omega
Whom bore the fruit, represent the future,
Black woman,
Mi mother Tetes.

Featured Poem:

The Science of Agriculture

Enlarge poem

They have represented me with the worst image,
but I know without doubt, that is because of their lock of knowledge, foresight they don’t have to see distance,
that’s why they are living in ignorance
Hail Selassie I se h any country that used agriculture as the main source of income……..
can look forward to the future with confidence,
but because of lock of confidence in self
we tend to put our burden on some one else,
but all you can see
is a result of me
being so humble….
close you feed you, shelter you.
But because you don’t want fi know, se h
certain plants fi grow….
such as soya, cassava…..ganja,
hey hand mi some seeds nuh, I’m the planter……
digging deep to find the essence of living, cause life is not all about blining
it involves ….
soil been tilling and seeds been planting and taking care of your kids, creating a better future fi dem youth yah
but all lives will be an illusion……… with the failure of agriculture,
but because of 500 years of slavery
we toll without pay on agronomy,
create in our mind a reverse psychology
to think that agriculture…… is so low….. and dirty,
but it’s for every mind in town and country to plant a seed and save the economy,
protect the environment,
better future fi we Pinckney,
uplift your meditation, give clearer concentration…
people fi know se h I was here before them,
Because…I’m a man of the past…..
living in the presents and stepping in the future……..

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (1)
  • Pride (1)
  • Optimism (1)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (0)
  • Inspiration (0)
  • Reflection (0)
  • Captivation (0)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (0)
  • Sadness (0)
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Black Woman

Enlarge poem

Naturally,
you are the center of the universe,
Black woman today is your day it is your day is a day to honor you is a day for you black woman
My dear,
Darline,
my empress,
you are my dear, black woman,
my mother,
queen of the pack,
yes she is black,
as dark as the womb from whence i came, yes black you remain the same,
in mind, and character, you are the only chapter,
in this day,
today,
yourday’
i honor you
African queen,
you are supreme,
to all forms of human being,
as the night is to day ,
with you i want to stay,
creating my future, with a look in your eyes,
i know you are a blessing, without disguise,
making men,
realize,
how to be wise,
in time of need,
you are my only pride,
so i say,
black woman,
today is your day, it’s mother’s day,
carved, and protected my being from conception to birth,
yes black woman, you know what’s life worth,
authentic manifestation, of mother earth, i trust and i know you can’t be curse, on this day, your day, women’s day,
the likkle black sista is getting stronger,
Bringing back the days of the great Cleo patra,
Amy Jacques, Garvey’s believer,
Yes black princess,
you are no deceiver,
King Selassie I…….. know and trust Queen Omega
Whom bore the fruit, represent the future,
Black woman,
Mi mother Tetes.

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