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Marcia Jackson doing the dub

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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THE world of dub poetry is widely dominated by men. However, Florida-based Marcia Jackson remains undaunted in her determination to make her mark.

“I have a lot of respect for the pioneering and iconic poets like Mutabaruka, Malachi Smith and Linton Kwesi Johnson, who have made dub poetry into a traditional art form. I'm also inspired by some of the new poets on the scene like Richie Innocent, and I am eager to make my contribution to dub poetry,” said Jackson.

She is currently working on a yet-to-be titled 12-track album slated for release in July 2017.

“I have two love poems in this new batch, but some of the themes I will tackle in this album are controversial, for instance, racism and religion. I live in Florida and I see that almost every plaza has a church, and so religion has become a bit of a business. Religion is dead, so people need to open their eyes and be wise; don't be fooled,” she told Jamaica Observer.

Jackson released the 10-track Money Few in 2015 ,which she said continues to sell well in the niche market of dub poetry.

“I believe in empowering and educating people to discover all they can about truth and rights. My mission is to enlighten and entertain and keep the culture alive,” she said.

That set included thought-provoking numbers such as Piece a Land, Jamaican Proverbs, Emancipation, Cure Fi AIDS and Beat This One.

Born in Portland in 1978, Jackson grew up in St Elizabeth. She holds an associate of art degree from the Eastern Florida State College. She's currently pursuing a nursing degree at the same institution.

Her love for the stage began 1998 when she was first runner-up in Miss St Elizabeth. The following year, she copped the first-place prize in the Miss St Elizabeth Farm Queen competition.

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