Moqapi Selassie | Lyric Man

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Lyric Man

by Moqapi Selassie

Hailing from Birmingham UK Moqapi Selassie's album is a combination of his unique dub poetry style and some classical Jamaican reggae riddims (rhythms). Take a listen and be pleasantly surprised at discovering one of dub poetry's best kept secrets.
Genre: Reggae: Dub Poetry
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Back to Backs
3:50 album only
2. Concrete Jungle
3:46 album only
3. Gun Crazy
5:47 album only
4. Confidence
2:28 album only
5. Respek Due
4:06 album only
6. Dub Poet Lekka Mi
4:41 album only
7. Lyric Man
5:02 album only
8. Michael Brown
5:46 album only
9. Bad Bwoy Merika
6:29 album only
10. Tings I Muddah Use to Seh
5:11 album only
11. My Dad
2:57 album only
12. Jah Ah Mi Guidah
3:05 album only
13. Selek Yuh Soun
4:15 album only
14. Celebrate Wha?
4:29 album only
15. Nelson Mandela Tribute
3:22 album only
16. Rise Rastafari Rise
3:59 album only
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Album Notes
‘Lyric Man: The Resurrection of UK Dub Poetry Rhyme by Rhyme’ is Moqapi Selassie’s debut dub poetry album. Coming at a time when UK Dub Poetry has been proclaimed ‘dead’ by one of its leading practitioners, ‘Lyric Man’ breaks new ground by combining classical reggae riddims (rhythms) with Moqapi’s unique dub poetical style. The album takes us on a journey through the concrete jungle of the UK, from ‘back-inna-di-day’ Back-to-Backs to the spate of gun violence that plagued/plagues Birmingham. It celebrates the dub poetical form by honouring ‘Miss Lou’ in Respeck Due and name checking some of the foundation dub poets in ‘Dub Poet lekka mi.’ The journey continues with the braggadocious ‘Lyric Man,’ before exposing America as a Bad Bwoy on ‘Bad Bwoy Merica.’ The Michael Brown Tribute highlights the fact that the killing of Michael Brown in August 2014 in America could happen to any Black Man. The other tracks include ‘Tings my muddah use to Seh’ which deals with Jamaican sayings; a Nelson Mandela Tribute and the call to Rastafari to Rise up from the downpression of Babylon which was highlighted by the Coral Garden’s ‘massacre. Take a listen; buy it. Tell a friend to tell a friend. As Moqapi puts it “Run go get mi CD run go get mi Compact Disc yuh nevva know Moqapi Selassie is a lyrical specialist.’ Peace

What others have to say

Selassie’s poetry stands as an example of modern dub poetry today in England and its links with the Caribbean oral tradition are quite obvious. His poetry includes a strong protest element but is not confined to that tradition, as it is also celebratory and joyful. Selassie’s poetry shares some obvious characteristics with traditional dub poetry, but it is also different this type of dub poetry inasmuch as it does not rely on rigid reggae rhythms and tries to focus on themes like ancestral culture, the power of the oral tradition or family ties. It is a form of performance poetry which bears the influence of traditional dub poetry but also tries to move forward.” Dr Eric Doumerc Dub Poetry In England

“Definitely one of the best lyricists and Dub poets I have ever heard and also a great live performer.” Ras Macka B Internationally renowned MC

Moqapi Selassie is a remarkably talented poet and performer, his presentations contain intrigue and he entertains audiences with his wit and perception. He is also a Rastafarian who has reasoned and researched within the Rasta communities across the world. He has worked closely with the Prison Chaplaincy to support the recognition and introduction of Rastafari as a recognised and respected faith in UK prisons. Liz Millman Director Learning Links International CIC

“Once heard: never forgotten” Ras Isa (Irvine Saunders)

When I first came to the UK and decided to scout out the creative arts scene, particularly in Birmingham, I came across a Rastafarian name Moqapi Selassie. I Am not sure how we were introduced, but I’m certain it was through Dr. Roi Kwabena. I was drawn to Moqapi’s very rhythmic style of Dub Poetry, almost like he was singing the words. I felt this was a bit unique to the normal delivery of Dub Poetry I was accustomed to in was however, reminiscent in capturing the Socio-political consciousness. I remember hearing ‘Bad Boi Merika’ and it triggered I own poetical fire, which made I feel more comfortable to write without any flinching thoughts, of how I would be received as a Dub Poet coming into this new space. Moqapi Selassie represents a handful of real Dub Poets, whose work remains current and significant, staying true to what Dub Poetry represents...the conscious voice of the people. I heard a mention not so long ago that Dub Poetry is dead and the answer to that is, as long as Moqapi is around, Dub Poetry is alive and well. Kokumo Noxid Dub Poet

Moqapi Selassie has a rare talent; humorous, cultured, political, expressed through the medium of Dub Poetry. As a Rasta, Moqapi explores his beliefs and values through a strong sense of his spirituality. More importantly Moqapi is someone who is champion of the community who sees Dub Poetry as a rallying cry for liberation, as well as providing important life lessons for all of those who are fortunate to hear him speak. A true champion of the people and great poet. Dr Martin Glynn Dub Poet, Writer, Director.



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