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....the popular music of Jamaica, the music of the people, is an essentially experiential music, not merely in the sense that the people experience the music, but also in the sense that the music is true to the historical experience, that the music reflects the historical experience. It is the spiritual expression of the historical experience of the Afro-Jamaican.
- Linton Kwesi Johnson

That the language of the poetry of Jamaican music is rastafarian or biblical language cannot simply be put down to the colonizer and his satanic missionaries. The fact is that the historical experience of the black Jamaican is an experience of the most acute human suffering, desolation and despair in the cruel world that is the colonial world...
- Linton Kwesi Johnson

The Black Londoners of the 1970s are no longer lonely in the old way and Johnson is the first West Indian writer to document their new life styles and capture in verse rhythms the despairing apocalyptic mood, its menace and its mounting delusions.
- Professor K Ramchand, Trinidad & Tobago Review 1977

Inglan is a bitch
y´u haffi know how fi survive in it
well mi dhu day wok an´ mi dhu nite wok
mi dhu clean wok an´ mi dhu dutty wok
dem seh dat black man is very lazy
but if y´u si how mi wok y´u woulda sey mi cra
- Linton Kwesi Johnson


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