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INTERVIEW: “we tellin’ stories yo”: A Performance and Interview with d’bi.young

Paul Watkins, d'bi.young anitafrika

Published: 2014-01-23

Paul Watkins interviews Jamaican-Canadian dub poet, monodramatist, educator, and Dora Award-winning actor and playwright, d’bi.young anitafrika. They discuss dub poetry/music in relation to improvisation, the role of the storyteller, community, and rebel poetry/revolushin, among other diverse topics. Before the interview there was a DJ set by DJ Techné (Paul Watkins), and a performance from d'bi.young.

Available Files

  • tellin_stories_interview.mp4

    337 MB | video/mp4

  • tellin_stories_DJset.mp4

    213 MB | video/mp4

  • tellin_stories_performance.mp4

    418 MB | video/mp4

  • we_tellin_stories_transcript.pdf

    117 KB | application/pdf


So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag