Melanin Man

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All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
Mutabaruka was among the earliest "dub" poets, a firebrand who repeatedly attacked the injustices and hypocrisy he saw both in Jamaica and the Western world at large. If anything, he sounds more strident and angry on this latest set of poems. The title track, with its embrace of the controversial melanin theory, will probably dismay those who find the link between genetics, color and behavior a tenuous one at best. The other numbers continue his tradition of unrelenting, pro-Jamaican, pan-African political fare. He does take a different tack on the last work, however; "Dance" is reminiscent of The Last Poets or Gil Scott-Heron, and for just a little while shows that he can ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
Mutabaruka was among the earliest "dub" poets, a firebrand who repeatedly attacked the injustices and hypocrisy he saw both in Jamaica and the Western world at large. If anything, he sounds more strident and angry on this latest set of poems. The title track, with its embrace of the controversial melanin theory, will probably dismay those who find the link between genetics, color and behavior a tenuous one at best. The other numbers continue his tradition of unrelenting, pro-Jamaican, pan-African political fare. He does take a different tack on the last work, however; "Dance" is reminiscent of The Last Poets or Gil Scott-Heron, and for just a little while shows that he can talk about something besides cultural conflict and racial oppression.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/1994
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351451323
  • Catalog Number: 45013
  • Sales rank: 118,095

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Melanin Man (3:45)
  2. 2 Beware (4:07)
  3. 3 Garvey (4:07)
  4. 4 Killin (4:48)
  5. 5 Bone Lie (6:07)
  6. 6 Miss Lou (3:51)
  7. 7 Lamentation (4:32)
  8. 8 Columbus Ghost (4:10)
  9. 9 People's Court, Pt. 2 (6:24)
  10. 10 Haiti (5:02)
  11. 11 Dance (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mutabaruka Primary Artist
Cocoa Tea Vocals
Princess Addisa Voices
Anthony "Asher" Brissett Keyboards
Myrtha Desulme Voices
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Harry T. Powell Percussion
Ishama Hope Voices
Desi Jones Drums
Leggo Voices
Matubaruka Vocals
Christopher Meredith Bass
Leebert Morrison Guitar
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Princess Tsobbe Voices
Handel Tucker Keyboards
Tynsi Voices
Franklyn Waul Keyboards
Muniar Zacca Voices
Technical Credits
Philip "Fatis" Burrell Producer
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke Producer
The Firehouse Crew Contributor
Sly Dunbar Contributor
Robbie Shakespeare Contributor
Handel Tucker Arranger, Programming
Wilburn "Squiddley" Cole Programming
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