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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

nth digri at Tree

The talented Anthony Bansfield AKA the nth digri was the headline reader at the Tree Reading Series last evening. This man is just amazing. This is only the second time I heard him live. The first time was a couple of years ago at the Ottawa Writersfest poetry cabaret. He left an indelible mark then as I first heard him perform Sugarcane, which he also finished off his set last evening. I picked up his 2003 CD, Tales of the North Coast and played it loud as I drove into work this morning. I expected just to hear only spoken word, but was surprised to hear sweet music accompany his lyrics. The twelfth track 'Marooned Dub' is great. Anthony performed couple of poems last night that were also on the CD, Black Hockey Player and In 1946. More please!

From Anthony's website:

The CD features spoken word poems in an original rap/dub poetry style developed by one of the foremost spoken word poets to emerge from the urban culture scene in Canada. The CD paints a picture of life from an African Canadian viewpoint, and draws from Caribbean origins, both in terms of musical and stylistic influences.

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