Synopsis by Mark Deming
Linton Kwesi Johnson was one of the most powerful and influential figures to ever rise from the British reggae scene. A poet who embraced the patois of West Indian immigrants who were becoming a growing presence in the United Kingdom (though they were not welcomed in many corners of Great Britain), Johnson wrote intelligent but streetwise verses about issues of class and race and recited them over the hypnotic pulse of a top-flight reggae band. Linton Kwesi Johnson: Live In Paris features LKJ accompanied by Dennis Bovell and the Dub Band as he performs some of his most striking poems in one of his first major concerts in 20 years. Selections include "Dread Beat an Blood," "Di Great Insohreckshan," "Sonny's Lettah," "Di Eagle an Di Bea,r" "Fite Dem Back," and more.
band [music group], reggae-music, singer, songwriter