Mutabaraka’s Black Attack Is Now Available On Vinyl


Dub poet Mutabaraka’s Black Attack has just been released on vinyl. The artist revived the genre last year when he reemerged after a 14-year hiatus. In the ’70s, Mutabaraka had company from Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mikey Smith, Lillian Allen, Oku Onura, and Sister Breeze. They all used poetry and reggae music as a cultural weapon against racism. He is the only dub poet from that era who has released new work. Mutabaraka has kept political dialogue going with his radio show The Cutting Edge on Irie-FM in Jamaica and YouTube commentary videos. The Mad Professor produced Black Attack which he started working on 10 years ago when he sent Mutabaraka some music. The poet explained the process in a statement: 

 “I had connected with Mad Professor over ten years ago and he actually sent some riddims, but we didn’t connect again until last year when I was in England; we decided to take advantage of me being in England plus he had a studio. I selected poems from my poetry book that was never recorded plus new ones I had lately written.” Mad Professor adds, “It was a great pleasure recording and working with Mutabaruka. In 45 years of recording many artists from all over the world, this has been the smoothest project ever! He has a transparent approach to both the business and the technical/musical techniques. It’s a real pleasure and really enjoyable!! Truly a real legend!!”

Black Attack stays true to Mutabaraka’s mission to examine colonialism, Rastafarianism, and the problems of Babylon. Vinyl versions of Black Attack are available via Bandcamp.