Poetry Riddim Memory

Show featuring some of Montreal’s finest performers from the black community.

Recorded by CBC Radio One.

These performers from the Montreal black community work in and around the great Kalmunity Vibe Collective and the Ark of Infinity. They make their texts “groove” with cosmic connections and their work is shaped by their convictions, which recognize that artistic creation can serve as a tool of social and political activism.

If you have never seen them perform at the Sablo Café or Coco Café or in one of the Kalmunity shows, this is an opportunity to discover the powerful and sensual voices of young women like BLU Rva (Roen Higgins), Odessa “Queen” Thornhill and Josephine Watson who can let fly with improvised songs; dynamic performer Steven Thomas; and the versatile Jason “Blackbird” Selman who can deliver his lines as well as blow his trumpet. With the sensual and organic music of Jahsun (drums), Zibz Black Current (percussion) and Neil “Bassone” Benskin (bass).

Special guest: One of the most eminent dub poets in Canada, Jamaican-born performer Lillian Allen (who also appears in Body and Soul 2).

The show will be taped for later broadcast by CBC Radio One. Producer: Meredith Dellandrea.