Check out four books that mat­ter to T.O. artist D’bi.young an­itafrika

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

Richmond Hill 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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