August 6, 2020

Linton Kwesi Johnson – Forces of Victory
Island 1979

An excellent idea Mouhamadou, Linton Kwesi Johnson
scored big time at the end of the seventies. After the great
‘Dread Beat an’ Blood’ under the name Poet and the Roots,
he continued under his own name. This was the follower up
which we played thousands of times in those years. Very
strong lyrics and Linton’s deep voice is still indestructible.
It was about time for me to post the other albums ..

As a bonus I have added his 1980, 12″ single ‘Di Black
Petty Booshwah’ ..

Een zeer goed idee van Mouhamadou om het missende
werk van Linton Kwesi Johnson eens te brengen. Na zijn
geweldige ‘Dread Beat an’ Blood’ als Poet and the Roots
eind jaren zeventig vervolgde hij onder zijn eigen naam
met dit album. We hebben het toentertijd helemaal
stuk gedraaid. Zeer sterke lyrics en de onverwoestbare
diepe stem van Linton staat nog steeds als een huis.
Het was hoog tijd zijn overige platen eens te posten ..

Als bonus heb ik de 1980, 12″ single ‘Di Black Petty
Booshwah’ toegevoegd ..

Dread Beat an’ Blood 1978

01 – Want fi goh rave
02 – It noh funny
03 – Sonny’s lettah (anti-sus poem)
04 – Independant intavenshan
05 – Fite dem back
06 – Reality poem
07 – Forces of vicktry
08 – Time come

bonus tracks ;

09 – Di black betty booshwah
10 – Straight to madray’s head
11 – Action line
12 – Action line dub


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  1. Henk Madrotter 6 August 2020 at 11:40 - Reply

    Dank Moos :) 1 x Live gezien in Arena (later Nightown) in Rotterdam, rond ’84, fantastisch concert, muziek en poezie

  2. Mouhamadou 6 August 2020 at 14:00 - Reply

    You just made my day, Moos. Sonny’s Lettah has always been one of my favorites.

    Thanks once again. If you have more of him, please post.

  3. Max 6 August 2020 at 22:42 - Reply

    Thanks this post is much appreciated and brings back good memories. In 2016, most unexpectedly, LKJ was invited to my little town here in Suisseland to take part at a literature event. He stayed on stage all alone for about an hour and gave us readings and songs. It was especially great meeting him shortly outside after his intervention.

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