A dub poet’s fave tomes
Four books that matter to groundbreaking T.O. artist D’bi.young anitafrika
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.