A dub poet’s fave tomes

Four books that mat­ter to ground­break­ing T.O. artist D’bi.young an­itafrika

Bayview Post - - Arts - by Ron John­son

Toronto artist D’bi.young an­itafrika is a Ja­maican-Cana­dian dub poet and multi-dis­ci­plinary artist who is fea­tured in this month’s Art Gallery of On­tario First Thurs­days event, which ex­plores fem­i­nism.

She was in­spired to be­come a dub poet by her mother, Anita Stewart, a pi­o­neer in the art form.

“I grew up watch­ing her in the first dub po­etry band, called Po­ets in Unity,” she says. “Dub is a politi­cized, highly per­for­ma­tive genre of po­etry that emerges out of Ja­maica and is steeped in reg­gae rhythms. When I grow up, I want to be just like my mother.” Her mother also taught her to read when she was just two years old.

Here, Young of­fers up four of her favourite books.

D’bi.young an­itafrika

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