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Linton Kwesi Johnson (aka LKJ), world-renowned reggae poet and recording artist comes to Gulbenkian Arts Centre.

LKJ ran poetry groups for the Black Panther movement of the 60’s, he was first published in 1974 and has been an important voice and creative force ever since. He has toured the world from Japan to the new South Africa, from Europe to Brazil. Unsurprisingly, he is known and revered as the world’s first reggae poet.

We are excited to announce that University of Kent alumni Taylor Garvey will be opening for LKJ. She developed her performance poetry studying Popular Performance in her second year. One of the performers she studied was Linton Kwesi Johnson, which started her off as a poet. We are delighted that Taylor will be able to perform alongside one of the performers she studied in her degree!

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Fri 24 September


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