In the beginning there was the word, and the word took unto itself flesh, and the word became Malachi.
Born "the son of a preacher-man" in the Parish of Westmoreland, Jamaica, Malachi has become an icon in the world of reggae/performance/dub-poetry. Performing from an early age, his first three poems were written while still attending White Marl Primary School for the White Marl Beacon magazine.
An alumnus of Florida International University, Miami-Dade Community College and The Jamaica School of Drama, Malachi was one of the founding members of Poets In Unity, a critically acclaimed ensemble that brought dub-poetry to the forefront of reggae music in the late 70s and carried it forward for a decade. Malachi has also performed as an actor and poet, and is an accomplished writer, publishing and performing his own plays and poetry. He has also become known for his performances in other theatrical productions and on radio, television, and live theatre.
In 1979 his first recording, Kimbo to Kimbo, was released on the Foreigm Bound Label. In 1983 the single I'M A Victimwas released on the hit album Word Sound 'Ave Power produced by Heartbeat Records. This became a mega-hit gaining Malachi great acclaim. Carl Stone and Drop It came out in 1986 with Poets In Unity on the PIU Label. In 1995 Malachi released Free The Kids on his 4-M Label. He followed this up in 1997 with the release of Tribute and Liad Mout' on his label, and in 1998 the cd single Miss My Jamaican Christmas and the critically acclaimed 14 tracks cd Throw 2 Punch were released. Throw 2 Punch made many reggae charts in the USA and Europe. For an encore, Malachi returned with the red-hot cd The Blacker The Berry. . .De Sweeter De Cherry. The cd was a salute to women. It exposed the softer side of Malachi first discovered on the hit single What I'M Gonna Do. Malach's two latest releases are 5 Times for 1 Night and Rainbow Love.
As a winner of many awards, medals, prizes, commendations and certificates, Malachi's list goes on and on. His most recent award was "Dub-poet of the year," 2003 Miami Reggae/Socca Awards and a nomination for Martins International Music Awards dub-poet of the year.
This year, he was a featured performer in Baltimore at that city's Black History Month tribute to Bob Marley. In August, he appeared again in Baltimore at The Street Fair Café. Malachi also appeared at Cultrama 2003 in Tampa, Miami, and Coral Springs. Malachi toured Nevis and St. Kitts in the summer of 2000 to rave reviews. Last year he performed at Florida International University and at several Miami-Dade County Public schools as part of their Black History Month celebrations. Malachi also appeared at the launching of the Amistad project and the opening reception for the Jamaican art Exhibition at the Broward County Library. He has a full slate of engagements scheduled for this year. Malachi has also performed in New York, Chicago and Orlando. In addition, he has appeared several times at the AT&T Amphitheater, North Miami Beach Performing Arts Center, and the University of Miami. In 1995 Malachi performed at the Haile Selassie Birthday Celebration held at Watson Taylor Park in Jamaica, at the University of the West Indies, Mona, at the birthplace of dub-poetry Jamaica School of Drama, Cultrama at Miami's Bicentennial Park, The Reggaesoca Awards, the second Annual Bob Marley Festival, and Body Nation season of dance at the Joseph Caleb Center, Broward Center for the Performing Arts and North Miami Beach Performance Arts Center.
Malachi has just completed his third CD/album Middle Passage. The album will be released on Malachi's 4-M Records label.