A one Jamaikan dis

wha nuh fraid fi chat de language

 

Kokumo is a UK based artist, born in the ‘Cock-Pit Country’ of Jamaica. A child of the Social Revolution era, which lends to his development as a social commentator. He also credited this to the shaping of his Mind-set and attitudes towards society and life in general.

Considered as not just a poet, but a cultural anthropologist and dub-griot, who uses his skills as a singer/songwriter to captivate an audience, whilst taking them on a dub-poetical journey.

Kokumo’s mastery of his Jamaican language and his experimental use of English idiom is skilfully woven in his poetry, exposing the richness of his cultural background. This complexity have drawn attention from not just his contemporaries, but also those in the academic arenas. From French journalism students and professionals, to students of linguistics.

Kokumo’s work appeared in anthologies and online journals, including the late Roi Kwabena’s, “Dialogue – a journal for cultural literacy”, and the ‘Red’ anthology of Contemporary Black British Poets, edited by Kwame Dawes, published by Peepal Tree Press.

 

 
"I am a survivor, still on this journey of life. For all that, I give thanks I-tinually" ~ Kokumo Noxid

 

Kokumo Noxid Biography

 

Kokumo is a UK based artist, born in the ‘Cock-Pit Country’ of Jamaica. A child of the Social Revolution era, which lends to his development as a social commentator. He also credited this to the shaping of his Mind-set and attitudes towards society and life in general.

Considered as not just a poet, but a cultural anthropologist and dub-griot, who uses his skills as a singer/songwriter to captivate an audience, whilst taking them on a dub-poetical journey.

Kokumo’s mastery of his Jamaican language and his experimental use of English idiom is skilfully woven in his poetry, exposing the richness of his cultural background. This complexity have drawn attention from not just his contemporaries, but also those in the academic arenas. From French journalism students and professionals, to students of linguistics.

Kokumo’s work appeared in anthologies and online journals, including the late Roi Kwabena’s, “Dialogue – a journal for cultural literacy”, and the ‘Red’ anthology of Contemporary Black British Poets, edited by Kwame Dawes, published by Peepal Tree Press.

He appeared at the infamous Nuyorican Café in Brooklyn NY., where he presented ‘Dialogical - a conversation in the presence of liked-minds. This also saw performances at The Afrikan Poetry Theatre and New York City Metropolitan Libraries, for Poets Network and Exchange.

Kokumo's debut album, “Writing’s On The Wall”, is dubbed a very significant piece of work, which captivates the militancy and advocacy of dub-poetry, in present time and generations to come.His book Dub Truth is described as another masterpiece, which defines Kokumo as an artist on a mission, with the ability to cast poetic spells.

 

 

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Straight from black...I
Exit from a black womb-man
Entered a black world

 

 

Writing's On The Wall

 

Genre: Reggae: Roots Reggae
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Writing’s On The Wall features 12 original compositions written by Kokumo and draws upon a broad spectrum of musical colours. (Dub, folk, jazz, pop and reggae)

One of the joys of this work is the musicianship. Each participant is a master of their craft creating a firm foundation for Kokumo’s voice to fly. And what a voice!! A great example is the beautiful, yet haunting song We Don’t Need Them Now featuring voice and acoustic guitar. This song reminds you of vintage Cat Stevens in the 1970s. Or listen to the immediacy of Cry Freedom with excellent background vocals by Nadine Chambers and Emma Currie. Kudos must be acknowledged to Courtney Barrett on electric guitar, Boneto “Bunny” Dryden on drums and Bear on electric bass.

A Declaration of Self finds Kokumo in a reflective mood and his vocal inflections sit nicely in the mix with superb saxophone and vocal textures by Alvin Davis. One of the joys of this album is that it balances the political content (Blood Fi Oil) with great music. This is an important point because the main content addresses economic, political and social injustices in the continent of Africa and the wider Diaspora.

The impassioned cry of Deliver Me from the hands of wicked men sounds like a psalm of King David and the opening track Wounded Soldiers is applicable to many on the battlefield of life.

Writing’s On The Wall will go down in history as one of the most original recordings of Jamaica’s post-colonial output.

 

 

Dub Truth



I AM of the future, liivng in the past, creating the present.



Dub Truth is a collection of poetry and thoughts, based on Kokumo's observation as a social commentator. It expresses the everyday, conceptualising the obvious and not so obvious nuances of life.
 
It touches on all aspects of society, using the language of the people. This enables the freedom of opinions, as one either accept or deny what's labelled as truth.
 
A poet’s role is to convey a message, using the shortest route, in the most condensed format, as s/he not only travel in the physical realms, but uses creative imagination astrologically, which is then projected using words…that shapes and manipulate the conscious self into submission to the messages conveyed.
 
Dub Truth is compacted with tantalising prose and verses for everyone to fulljoy, from the novices to the most seasoned poetry lovers. The clever use of the English idioms and the Jamaican language, is a perfect concoction for stimulating and provoking the minds of those who dares to enter and turn the first page of this brilliant book.

★★★★★

"Sucking the blood of beating hearts"

"From Gun violence to Police Brutality to Slavery, Kokumo Noxid pens a revealing narrative that's soaked in truth and tempered with despair. So raw yet funny. I enjoyed reading and THANK YOU for sharing I look forward to your next book."

★★★★★

I thoroughly enjoy what I am receiving thus far

"Kokumo's poetry is so skillfully written. Not only is the lyricism on point but the messages within the poetry are always very thoughtful and meaningful. Even the 'First Words' in the book were written poetically. it's evident that this art is a way of life for Kokumo."

★★★★★

I love this book of Dub Truth!!!!

I have waited a long time for Kokumo Noxid work to be in print and it was worth the wait! It is a book I will read over and over again and never tire of Dub Truth. 84 poems of Word Sound and Power."

★★★★★

Brilliant body of work

"A superb body of work. My favourite right now is No Knock, In Cyber Space ( For Gil Scott-Heron) but knowing Kokumo Noxid's work, this could change tomorrow. There is a piece for all emotions and state of mind."

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Kokumo is a UK based artist, born in the ‘Cock-Pit Country’ of Jamaica. A child of the Social Revolution era, which lends to his development as a social commentator. He also credited this to the shaping of his Mind-set and attitudes towards society and life in general.

Considered as not just a poet, but a cultural anthropologist and dub-griot, who uses his skills as a singer/songwriter to captivate an audience, whilst taking them on a dub-poetical journey.

Kokumo’s mastery of his Jamaican language and his experimental use of English idiom is skilfully woven in his poetry, exposing the richness of his cultural background. This complexity have drawn attention from not just his contemporaries, but also those in the academic arenas. From French journalism students and professionals, to students of linguistics.

Kokumo’s work appeared in anthologies and online journals, including the late Roi Kwabena’s, “Dialogue – a journal for cultural literacy”, and the ‘Red’ anthology of Contemporary Black British Poets, edited by Kwame Dawes, published by Peepal Tree Press.

He appeared at the infamous Nuyorican Café in Brooklyn NY., where he presented ‘Dialogical - a conversation in the presence of liked-minds. This also saw performances at The Afrikan Poetry Theatre and New York City Metropolitan Libraries, for Poets Network and Exchange.

Kokumo's debut album, “Writing’s On The Wall”, is dubbed a very significant piece of work, which captivates the militancy and advocacy of dub-poetry, in present time and generations to come. His book Dub Truth is described as another masterpiece, which defines Kokumo as an artist on a mission, with the ability to cast poetic spells.

 

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