Worlds of Fire (in Motion)

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Afua Cooper was one of the early proponents of dub poetry who, in the 1980s, helped to establish the genre as an art form in this country. With her long-awaited and independently produced debut CD, Worlds of Fire (In Motion), Afua offers a potent mix of provocative poetry supported by a solid reggae foundation.

She wastes no time mincing words when exposing hypocrisies. "I don't care if your nanny was black," she defiantly asserts in the dance track of the same name, "and you ate grits for breakfast every mornin'/and you knew a black girl in high school/and she was nice." She confronts such lame disclaimers of racism as "white guilt" excuses for ambivalence toward racially biased police forces and courts that are harassing -- and all too frequently murdering or incarcerating -- a substantially disproportionate number of black youth and men.

"Africa Wailin" proudly acknowledges the resilience of African culture in its Caribbean diasporic transformations and the prevalence of love and unity among black people in the ongoing struggle against racism and white supremacy. …