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BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH


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Poet, novelist and playwright Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born in Black River, Jamaica and raised in Handsworth, Birmingham, England. Leaving school at 14 he moved to London in 1979 and saw his first poetry collection, Pen Rhythm published a year later. A pioneer on the Dub poetry circuit, he eventually found himself resident poet for the BBC.

In addition to his many published writings, Benjamin Zephaniah has produced numerous music recordings, including Us An Dem (1990) and Belly Of De Beast (1996), and has also appeared as an actor in several television and film productions, including appearing as Moses in the film Farendg (1990).

His numerous collaborations include recordings with Bomb The Bass, Sinead O’Connor and Swayzak.

One of the most highly respected wordsmiths in Britain, he famously turned down an OBE from the Queen in 2003.

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