World Of Music Art and Dance Festival (WOMAD) : Lillian Allen

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Co-founded by Peter Gabriel in England in 1982, WOMAD - World of Music, Art and Dance - became a vehicle for introducing "World Music" to western audiences. This 1988 festival at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre was the first WOMAD festival to take place in North America andforegrounded Toronto's strong multicultural community with performances from local artists of Caribbean, African, Asian and Native Canadian descent. Performing tracks from her Juno Award-winning Reggae/Calypsoalbums, Revolutionary Tea Party (1986) and Conditions Critical (1988), Lillian Allen powerfully demonstrates the political power of stylistic fusion within a diasporic setting. With "Rub a Dub Style Inna RegentPark" Allen integrates Jamaican English with specific Toronto geography and contemporary urban influences to illustrate how diasporic spaces both call for and produce subversive new musical and textual styles. Similarly, with "I Fight Back" Allen enacts a code-switching style that fights the imposition of Standard English as an indicator of hierarchical knowledge structures and situates Jamaican English as linguistically displaced and yet empowered. And, as always, Allen brings to the highly politicized genre of dub poetry her woman-identified perspective with performances of"Birth Poem," "Nelly Belly Swelly," and "Sister HoldOn"-works that use sound and music as visceral mediums to break taboos about women's lived experiences. This documentation includes an introduction by Clifton Joseph, and the following reggae dub poetry pieces:"I Fight Back," "Birth Poem," "Nellie Belly Swelly," "Natural Rights," "Sister Hold On," "Rub-a-Dub Style inna Regent Park," "Conditions Critical," and "The Subversives."


Additional Info

  • Título: World Of Music Art and Dance Festival (WOMAD) : Lillian Allen
  • Alternate Title: Allen at WOMAD
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duração: 00:57:31
  • Idioma: English
  • Data da performance: 1988
  • Type/Format: performance, film
  • Cast/Performers: Lillian Allen, creator.
  • Credits: Giovanni Sampogna, videographer. Lillian Allen, performer ; Clifton Joseph, introduction.