Who is Linton Kwesi Johnson?

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Linton Kwesi Johnson states in a contexual document "...the popular music of Jamaica, the music of the people, is an essentially experiential music, not merely in the sense that the people experience the music, but also in the sense that the music is true to the historical experience, that the music reflects the historical experience. It is the spiritual expression of the historical experience of the Afro-Jamaican." The message Johnson conveys in this quote can be seen through his poetry and heard in his voice. In his poem, Five Nights of Bleeding, Johnson gives "spiritual expression" to his work. He incorporaties his culture into the poem with the form of language and dialect used, while at the same time, speaking out about the opression and discrimination that his people have been subjected to. Johnson quotes "That the language of the poetry of Jamaican music is rastafarian or biblical language cannot simply be put down to the colonizer and his satanic missionaries. The fact is that the historical experience of the black Jamaican is a n experience of the most acute human suffering, desolation and despair in the cruel world that is the colonial world..."
His Poems:
Inglan Is a Bitch

Five Nights of Bleeding

The New Empire Within Britain --by Salman Rushdie

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