Performance poet J. Otis Powell! phones in to talk about the re-release of his spoken word CD Theology: Love and Revolution.
Also in this show, Peter Hessler talks about his book Country Driving: A Journey through China from Farm to Factory. Peter Hessler is also the author of the Kiriyama Book Prize-winning River Town, which explored China’s changing sense of geography, and Oracle Bones , a National Book Award finalist that examines the role of history in contemporary China. Country Driving, exploring the impact of the automobile and the improved road system in China, completes the trilogy.
Tonight the Echo Chamber presented the annual “Word Beat I Powa” dub poetry, beat poetry, and spoken word special. Of course, it was dub poetry that set the foundation and included the dub poets Ras Takura, Jazz’min Tutum, Haji Mike, Mutabaruka, Jean Binta Breeze, Benjamin Zephaniah, Oku Onoura, and of course, the incomparable Linton Kwesi Johnson.