The Guyanese intellectual icon, Walter Rodney, set an important example in his time, connecting directly with people, even society’s disenfranchised, in order to balance the influence of his academic network. His classic book, Groundings with My Brothers, is an important text that should be known to every Caribbean generation now and onward.
In this spirit, and with a desire to be better acquainted with my Caribbean family, I am pleased to be embarking on the upcoming Reggae Groundings tour of Guyana, Rodney’s homeland and the base for the CARICOM Secretariat, which I hope to visit while there. Help me spread word to all Guyanese massive in Linden, Berbice, Georgetown and surrounding areas! I am coming to deliver potent, uplifting roots reggae music and important word-sounds in the spirit of unity, love and progress.
Boukman, the man who inspired my name, is an extremely important figure of African struggle in the Americas. At the then secret location of Bois Caïman, he presided over a meeting on August 14, 1791 (along with Cécile Fatiman). There, he inspired the initial revolts that grew to become the successful Haitian Revolution. It was the first insurrection of enslaved Africans that resulted in a new republic run by Africans in the West. Celebrating this same spirit of rebellion, I am embarking on a brief tour, Bois Caïman 2016, bringing music and messages to the rebels.Read more
Writing has never presented itself as the most glamorous occupation. It is more of a preoccupation that requires much more out of the writer than can be repaid in currency. Or not in dollars anyway, but maybe sense. Point is, writers tend to be self-therapists who put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) in order to heal. Having other people read some of what we’ve written is another, more terrifying part of the therapy. Maybe that’s just me. Read more