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Sunday, 13 September 2015

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-CANADIAN " LILLIAN ALLEN " IS A CANADIAN DUB POET, REGGAE MUSICIAN, WRITER AND JUNO AWARD WINNER : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Lillian Allen


Lillian Allen is a Canadian dub poetreggae musician, writer and Juno award winner.[1]

Biography

Born in Spanish TownJamaica, she left that country in 1969, first moving to New York City, where she studied English at the City University of New York.[2] She lived for a time inKitchenerOntario, before settling in Toronto, where she continued her education at York University, gaining a B.A.[3] After meeting Oku Onuora in Cuba in 1978, she began working in dub poetry.[2] She released her first recording, Dub Poet: The Poetry of Lillian Allen, in 1983.
Allen won the Juno Award for Best Reggae/Calypso Album for Revolutionary Tea Party in 1986 and Conditions Critical in 1988.[3] Both albums were produced by Billy Bryans, the percussionist for Canadian dance-pop band Parachute Club.
In 1991 she collaborated on the one-off single "Can't Repress the Cause", a plea for greater inclusion of hip hop music in the Canadian music scene, with Dance Appeal, asupergroup of Toronto-area musicians that included DevonMaestro Fresh WesDream Warriors, B-Kool, Michie MeeEria Fachin, HDV, Dionne, Thando Hyman, Carla Marshall, Messenjah, Jillian Mendez, Lorraine Scott, Lorraine Segato, Self Defense, Leroy Sibbles, Zama and Thyron Lee White.[4]
In 2006 Allen and her work were the subject of an episode of the television series Heart of a Poet, produced by Canadian filmmaker Maureen Judge. She is a Faculty of Liberal Studies Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, where she teaches creative writing. She recently held the distinction of being the first Canada CouncilWriter-in-Residence for Queen's University's Department of English. Allen also co-produced and co-directed Blak Wi Blakk, a documentary about the Jamaican dub poetMutabaruka.[3][5]
  • 1999 Psychic Unrest

Discography

  • Dub Poet: The Poetry of Lillian Allen (1983)
  • De dub poets (1985)
  • Curfew Inna B.C. (1985)
  • Revolutionary Tea Party (1986)
  • Let the Heart See (1987)
  • Conditions Critical (1988)
  • Nothing But a Hero (1992)
  • Freedom & Dance (1999)
  • Anxiety (European release) (2012)