Linton Kwesi Johnson

Born in Jamaica, Linton Kwesi Johnson came to London in 1963.

He performs all over the world both as a poet and a reggae artist and is known as the founder of reggae poetry. Johnson’s work has been acclaimed internationally and he has won numerous awards.

His published poetry includes Dread Beat And Blood (1975), Tings An Times (1992) and Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems (Penguin, 2002), republished in 2006 as Selected Poems. He has also released a number of recordings with the Dennis Bovell Dub Band on his own label, LKJ Records, which he formed in 1981.

His most recent album, LKJ Live in Paris with the Dennis Bovell Dub Band, is also the title of his first DVD. Also a committed political activist, in his youth Linton was a member of the Black Panthers in the UK and he was later part of the Black Parents Movement, the Race Today Collective, the New Cross Massacre Action Committee and European Action for Racial Equality and Social Justice.

His record label was one of the organisers of the International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books.