Dub Poet, Reggae Artiste, Edutainer, Ambassador of Rastafari, Author, and Poet
YASUS AFARI BIOGRAPHY
Jamaican-born reggae artist and dub poet Yasus Afari’s signature poetic event,
Poetry in Motion, celebrated its 10th anniversary in February 2013, as the annual
rendition of Jamaica’s rich poetic heritage that showcases leading poets and
entertainers. In August 2011, he established the Jamaica Poetry Festival in
Kingston. Afari’s first anthology EyePen continues to be exceptionally well
received, and his poetry album Kiss Mi Neck has created waves, as he continues
to delight audiences at home and abroad.
Deeply rooted in his Rastafarian faith, Afari is not only a dub poet, but also an
author, philosopher and reggae artist of unprecedented insight and inspiration.
Afari attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia,
as an Ambassador of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions to
make a presentation on “Rastafari: The Livity of Spirituality,” and to also
perform for delegates and local people.
Afari is one of the original Christian Souljahs who engineered the cultural
renaissance in reggae and dancehall music and the dancehall culture, alongside
other Rastafarian artists such as Garnet Silk, Tony Rebel, Everton Blenda, Uton
Green, Luciano, Buju Banton, Sizzla, Capleton and Louie Cultur, among others.
In the mid-90's, Yasus teamed up with reggae legend Pablo Moses and Dele
Mandeyah to form Fathers Of Africa, which toured the schools in Jamaica, and
also did a tour of the United States, led by Afari, Everton Blenda, Determine
and Dele Mandehyah.
The 1990s and beyond saw Yasus Afari touring the world, as well as recording
with the likes of Black Uhuru, Toots and The Maytals, Freddie McGregor and
Beres Hammond, thereby enhancing his international profile and expanding his
horizons and creating a “revolution through dub poetry.” Afari also released the
Afromantic poem “Woman I Love You,” the inspirational “Work,” and the
visionary “Brand New World,” which appeared on the Grammy-nominated
Black Uhuru album, Strongg. Albums released by Afari include Dance Hall
Baptism, Mental Assassin, Honour: Crown Him, Gift of Vision - Yasus Afari
and Friends, and Revolution Chapter 1.
Afari has received numerous awards and unprecedented accolades throughout
his career. He has produced music for himself and other artists, has promoted
several ground-breaking and successful stage shows, and has written his
internationally-acclaimed book, Overstanding Rastafari - Jamaica’s Gift to the
More recently, Afari has been travelling the world to share his world views
through his poetry, working in schools, colleges, community groups,
universities and prisons, exploring ways to share a better ‘overstanding’ of
black history, while supporting ways for communities to live and work together
in our increasingly plural societies.
Afari is currently working on his upcoming studio album titled Public Secret,
slated for a summer 2013 release. The lead single from the album is “Wine Pon
Paper,” a stimulating, catchy track that will be available worldwide on April 16,
2013 from all major digital retailers. For more information on Yasus Afari,
including album news and tour dates, log on to yasusafari.com.