Ian Randle Publishers
Mutabaruka: The Verbal Swordsman
Mutabaruka, Sebastian Schwager, Werner Zips
Arts & Photography
Mutabaruka: The Verbal Swordsman
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Steppin(g) Razors have a long tradition in Rastafari-inspired Reggae. Mutabaruka, the Jamaican-born artist, activist, and radio presenter is certainly one of its most fervent protagonists. With his voice of thunder, Muta – as he is called by his fans and followers – evolved into an iconic ‘Verbal Swordsman’ at the cutting edge of the struggle for African Redemption and Black Power. His influence on generations of Black people in Jamaica, Africa, and the African Diaspora can hardly be overstated. Yet his impact reaches far beyond, on a global level, as he continues to travel the world with his razor-sharp poems and social commentaries driven by Reggae.In this book, Mutabaruka teams up with two anthropologists to reflect and summarize some of the most important perspectives aired weekly on his two live radio shows on Irie FM, Jamaica’s Reggae radio channel. Cutting Edge and Steppin Razor are controversial by intention. These talk shows owe their impact to the uncompromised stance of its anchorman, paraphrased by himself as his own (rhetorical) ‘art of war.’ Drawing on the role model famously coined by Peter Tosh’s hit song ‘Stepping Razor,’ Muta emerged not only as an institution of ethical conscience and social consciousness in Jamaica but also continues to challenge global injustice, particularly for people of African origin.

Words, Sounds, and Power
Mutabaruka on Mutabaruka
The Movie Days
The Rise of the Poet
Marcus Garvey and the Black Power Movement in Jamaica
Rasta By Experience: From Twelve Tribes to Nyahbinghi
Twelve Tribes – Bobo Shanti – Nyahbinghi: Unity vs Uniformity in Rastafari
Rastafari as Philosophy of Liberation
Mutabaruka’s Radio Shows
Cutting Edge and Steppin Razor
Black Liberation Struggle Gone Global
From First-time to His Current Status
The Poetry Experience
Blakk Muzik Days: The Rise of a Radio Host and Philosopher
The Pinnacle of a Great Edutainer’s Career
Music and Words: The Art of War
A Public Platform and Weekly Stage
A ‘Dinosaur’ and His ‘Mosquitoes’
The Programmes’ Range of Influence
Radio for I and I Reasoning
‘Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely’
On Jamaica’s Politics
A Two-headed Dragon: The JLP and PNP Power Games
Out of Many, One People … Suffers
Effective Politics Instead of Politricks
Selling Out Jamaica to Foreigners: About Imperceptible Funds and Chinese Investments
‘Like We Are in a Civil War’
On Jamaica’s Crime Situation
About Scamming and Its Implications
Out of Control: The Police in Jamaica
Crime Prevention: Proposals for Solution
‘Everything We Do, Doesn’t Reflect Us as a People’
On Jamaica’s Society
A Class Habitus: The Jamaican (Social) Logic
The Music of the People: Reggae vs Dancehall?
European Remnants: Christmas, Church, and State
‘No Likkle Cult’
On Rastafari and Africanness
The Roots of the Original Rastaman
‘You Don’t Have to Love Us, But You Better Respect Us’: About the Coral Gardens Reparations
‘The Slave Mill Still Ah Gwaan’: On the Decolonization of (Post)Colonial Realities
Conclusion and Outlook
‘Life and Lessons’
Appendix: Jamaican Patois Vocabulary
About the Authors
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