Malachi Smith was born in Westmoreland, and grew up in Clarendon, St. Elizabeth and St. Catherine, staying with various family members. The son of a preacher, Malachi began writing poetry at the age of eight, and recorded his first poem Kimbo to Kimbo in 1979. His other CDs are Blacker the Berry – The Sweeter The Cherry, Throw Two Punch, Middle Passage and Luv Dub Fever. Malachi is currently working on his new CD project Hail to Jamaica. This collection will feature most of his award winning poems about Jamaica. Malachi won the 2009 most outstanding writer award for the Jamaica Development Commission’s Creative Writing Competition.
A retired member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force at the rank of detective corporal, Malachi is based in Miami.
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Damian Robert Nesta “Jr. Gong” Marley (born July 21, 1978), also known as “Gong Zilla”, is a Jamaican reggae artist. Damian is the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley. Damian was two years old when his father, Bob Marley, died; he is the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. Damian’s nickname Junior Gong is derived from his father’s nickname of Tuff Gong. Marley has been performing since the age of 13.
This video, Searching, done at 18 was his first music video.
Dwayne Morgan is a Canadian spoken word artist, motivational speaker and event organizer based in Toronto, Ontario.
Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. He is the founder of Up From The Roots Entertainment, which was established in 1994 to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists. He received both the African Canadian Achievement Award for Youth Achievement, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1998. Morgan has self-published two chapbooks and three full volumes of his poetry.
As a producer, Morgan has now produced over 100 events, the largest of which are the annual spoken word concerts When Brothers Speak and When Sisters Speak, and the Toronto International Poetry Slam on Labour Day weekend each year.
Morgan collaborated with Driftwood Studios to film Three Knocks, a ten minute film based on his domestic violence poem of the same name, which premiered at the 2006 Reel World Film Festival in Toronto.
He was a member of the 2007 Toronto Slam Team formed by Up From The Roots. The team finished second at the 2007 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Morgan was the host of Diasporic Music, a monthly spoken word show on CKLN-FM, and is an advice columnist in the free daily paper, 24 Hours, in Toronto. He is also a Toronto regional representative on the Board of Directors for Spoken Word Canada, and is an active member of the Spoken Word Arts Network (SWAN).
My old group back in 2006
Ulsegun is a Yoruba name meaning victorious. this is poem to a brother who one day lost his sense of purpose.
Afrokon (afro-koncious) Revolushan was an initiative that lasted about a year which intended to blend spoken word and afrikan diasporic music. Voice: Queen Nzinga, Guitar: Choma, Base: Luiska, keyboard: Mondul, Djembe: Erick, Drums: Victor, Dance: Hector Peralta, & Aisha Robinson
Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model.
Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty and an underwear model and white. But don’t judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)
Megan Falley, Spoken Word Artist and author of After the Witch Hunt (Write Bloody Publishing 2012) performs “Fat Girl” a poem written after Angel Nafis, after Terrance Hayes
Good Lesson on Spoken Word
Gil Scott-Heron explaining the difference between being poetic and communicating. Taken from the Black Wax DVD. Buy it, it’s a classic!