Linton Kwesi Johnson

Reggae poet, broadcaster and recording artist

A man with dark skin tone standing outdoors in a coat and hat Linton Kwesi Johnson, by Andrew Catlin, 1984, NPG x35988, © Andrew Catlin / National Portrait Gallery, London

Published collections include Mi Revalueshanary Fren, albums of recorded work include Bass Culture and LKJ in Dub

people sayin dis
people sayin dat
bout di yout af today
how dem cauzin affray

From ‘It Noh Funny’ in Selected Poems (London: Penguin, 2006)

di lan is like a rack
slowly shattahrin to san
sinkin in a sea af calimity

From ‘Reggae fi Dada’ in Selected Poems (London: Penguin, 2006)