Most of Benjamins’ musical recordings fall into the Reggae or Dub Poetry category, his album ‘Naked’ defies categorisation.
Produced by the legendary drummer Trevor Morais it features artists as diverse as Howard Jones, Aref Durvesh, Dennis Bovell, and many others. It is a mixture of Jazz, Reggae, Hip Hop, Rock and house music.
On hearing the album Rodney P, Britain’s’ foremost Hip Hop artist decided he was not content with just playing it, so he re-mixed four of the tracks, this put the album firmly on the dance floor.
Review of ‘Naked’ by One Little Indian
Benjamin Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham.
He cannot remember a time he was not creating poetry but this had nothing to do with school where poetry meant very little to him, in fact he had finished full time education at the age of thirteen. His poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls ‘street politics’.