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Middle Passage

by Malachi

Perhaps the best exponent of the field of dub poetry and spoken word artistry in the contemporary movement. He is the 2003 dub poet of the year reggaesoca awards.
Genre: Reggae: Dub Poetry
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1. Blue Morning
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2. Driver
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3. Mr. President
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3:38 album only
4. Dreamer (Acapella)
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5. One Way
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6. Question
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7. Pocumania Politics
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8. One Population
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9. Victor (Acapella)
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10. Jungle Fever
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11. Bob and Peter
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12. Murderers
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13. Sinner's Dream (Acapella)
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14. Wi Neva Kno Dat
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15. One Population (Acapella)
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16. Blue Morning (Extended Acapella)
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17. Bob and Peter (Acapella)
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18. Question (dub)
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19. Blue Morning (dub)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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.


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Bamboo Tree Newsletter

Middle Passage captures the struggles of people from all walks of life
Malachi has done it again! Through Middle Passage he has captured the heart and soul of the struggles in life whether its politics with his timely questioning of Mr. President, social issues grippling with guns and the evils of society in Muderders or affairs of the heart with Jungle Fever. Brilliant work from the pen of a brilliant mind. Good luck, Malachi.

Lorna Reid

Listening to this is like living it and in some cases actually reliving it. This

Ital-K

Dub Poetry at its finest for the millennium
Middle Passage puts dub poets and dub poetry back into the spotlight. "Bob & Peter", "Blue Morning", and "Jungle Fever" are just potent samples to pay attention to.

Geoffrey Philp

Deep Lyrics and Hardcore Dub
In Middle Passage, Malachi has created a work that grapples with issues that range from global concerns about war to individual anxieties of love. Middle Passage reveals the best that reggae has to offer: the erotic charms of Jungle Fever, prophetic warnings of Pocomania Politics and the social concerns of Blue Morning. And all on one CD!
Malachi is at the top of his form with exquisite turns of phrase that embody the profound social concerns driven by sweet melodies. For example, in Blue Morning, he laments: "The same place in the river Jordan that John baptize Jah only begotten son, them just drop another big bomb." I was driving on the Florida Turnpike when I first heard the line and had to pull over to the side of the road to replay and really penetrate that lyric.
Middle Passage solidifies Malachi’s stature as one of the preeminent dub poets of our generation. Musically and lyrically, this is great CD by any standard.

mikey jiggs

Gwaan Malachi
Great work as always Malachi. Impressive indeed. Blue Morning is a gem, and as usual you have touch the softer side without losing your revolutionary stance.Tributes find you in your greatest moments conjuring images that make us stop,listen, think of those gone but can never be forgotten. Middle Passage shines ... but the journey.