Oku Onuora drops news video - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow a dynamic offering
Oku Onuora drops news video
'Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow' a dynamic offering
Jamaica's premier dub poet Oku Onuora, is currently getting raved reviews for his newly released video 'Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow', which was launched in cyberspace via YouTube on July 22.
The video was recently screened publicly at Kingston Dub Club - a popular weekly Sunday night roots party held in the hills overlooking Kingston. The video is the accompaniment to the 45 rpm vinyl record of the same title produced by Akashic Records.
A man of many firsts, the pioneering performing artist and writer is responsible for introducing the use of the term 'dub poetry' at a time when most of his contemporaries avoided it, preferring 'reggae poetry' instead, with some arguing that the 'dub poetry' moniker was limiting.
Onuora stood his ground and proved them wrong, as the name has endured and the genre continues to expand and capture attention. He won international critical acclaim with his debut album Pressure Drop, which showed the diversity of the genre by employing a variety of musical styles, ranging from jazz to funk to hardcore reggae dubs.
He is also the first dub poet to release a video, Dread Times, and the first to have had a video, Buss Out, shown on international television network BET.
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow is a probing and thought-provoking poem that poses searching questions. The video was conceptualised by Onuora himself, who credits director Asha and editor Kush for excellent interpretation and visualisation of the energy and essence of the work.
Fans can view Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow on YouTube.