On Thursday August 28th, 2014 Griotology in association with Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a NYC historical and premiere venues for poets and writers presented “Dialogical Part Two”.
“Dialogical Part Two” featuring Dub-Griot Kokumo Noxid. Dub-Griot Kokumo Noxid is known for speaking truth to power and sharing his journey. His accounts are historically informative ,interesting and make for an artistically enriching experience.
He opens with celebratory drumming, moving into a riveting explosion of words. His positive and magnetic energy permeating the atmosphere. Kokumo Noxid invited poets to come on stage to share their work and members of the audience to share works or their artistic expression. Participating artists were singer and songwriter Fatima Sillah, poets Ras Osagyefo, Karlene”Queen Majeeda” Hamilton, and Mary ‘Gigi” Jones. Who is this man from the UK?
Kokumo is described as a not just an artist, but a cultural anthropologist and dub-griot, who uses is skill as a dub-poet and singer songwriter to captivate his audiences.
Being a multi-skilled performer meant nothing is deemed too challenging for him to explore that’s what keeps his creative juices flowing. Kokumo have had sold out productions at The Rep. Theatre and The Drum Arts Centre, Birmingham, UK, where he was poet/writer in residence for three years, where he collaborated and feature other contemporaries such as Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mutabaruka, Benjamain Zephaniah, Jean Binta Breeze, among others.. He appeared on BBC radio 4, BBC WM, and Channel 4 along side fellow dub-poet Benjamin Zephaniah in his documentary, ‘This OBE is Not For Me’.
Kokumo’s work as a performer and creative facilitator have taken him to Brazil, Afrika, USA and is homeland Jamaica. He has appeared numerous festivals such as Glastonbury, Calabash, Festival at the Edge and The Simmer Down Festival. Conducted workshops and masters classes for various UK based youth organisations, government agencies, schools, colleges and universities.
Kokumo’s work has being studied by French academia Eric Doumerc, which resulted in two full length interviews for BBC community feature and inclusion in an anthology. Kokumo’s latest work appeared in the ‘Red’ anthology of contemporary British poet, edited by Kwame Dawes and published by Peepal Tree Press.
His debut album “Writing’s On The Wall” is dubbed a very significant piece of work, which captivates the militancy Kand advocacy for dub-poetry.
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