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Dub poet takes his message to the world

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Hasani Walters, Gleaner Writer

While dub poetry is slowly making a recovery in Jamaica, Charlie Bobus, a Jamaican dub poet now based in Canada, has been doing well for himself.

He performs dub poetry on both the reggae and poetry scenes and is very passionate about his "unique mix of both worlds".

As a member of the Harriet Tubman Youth Leadership Program, Charlie Bobus has been in Canada working with the youth and "empowering minds through dub poetry".


He recently received the Langston Hughes African Poetry Achievement, and of this accomplishment he is extremely proud.

"I felt very proud, honoured and elated to know I am getting recognition for my mission of using dub poetry to empower minds and uplift youth for the betterment of mankind. As a person coming from the ghettos of Grants Pen and making a positive contribution to the African-Canadian community and getting awarded is a positive indication that I'm on the right path," he said.

The Youth Leadership Program coordinator at the Harriet Tubman Community Organisation said he fuses the leadership programme with his Creative Energy Workshop series to create unique programmes which he runs from the Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre, the York Woods Library, and the Scadding Court Community Centre.

He will also be doing another session on Thursdays at the Villaways Project.

He said the reaction to his dub poetry has been very positive, as he has been getting a number of shows and interviews. He was featured on the cover page of Reggae Exclusive, a reggae magazine, and has been on City TV, as well as on a number of other community radio shows.

He told The Sunday Gleaner that his work has inspired others and he will continue his craft as it is 'universally needed' saying, "I am always told that my message is needed in this time and how inspirational my message is, and that I reminded them of a Bob Marley doing dub. The more different people that listen to my thing is the more I realise that the message is very universally needed, as I was even invited to perform at a couple Sri Lankan events."