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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


...partly because I know that’s the only way that we could solve a creative problem [using improvisation with children ranging in abilities] and what doesn’t work is trying to impose a template on the students who are not able to respond to that template.

– Pauline Oliveros (in working with Abilities First)