Youth should know themselves – Yasus Afari

Could you introduce yourself to netizens?

My name is Yasus Afari.

YASUS AFARI is a travelling poet who balances and harmonizes Entertainment with Education, Humanity with Spirituality, Poetry with Storytelling Comedy and Social Commentary.  He is a very unique social-empowerment specialist.

Now recognised as one of Jamaica’s national treasures, Yasus Afari is often described as Jamaica’s best kept secret. Yasus Afari’s main poetic event “Poetry in Motion”, celebrated its 15thannual rendition in February 2018. Poetry in Motion is Jamaica’s Premiere Poetry Showcase and highlights Jamaica’s rich poetic heritage;showcasing leading Poets, Musicians, Dancers, Story Tellers, Authors and other cultural and creative ‘Edutainers’. 

Deeply rooted in Rastafarian Faith, Yasus Afari is not only a Dub Poet, but also an Author, Philosopher, Social Advocate and Reggae Artiste of unprecedented insight and inspiration. 

Recorded my first songs as a recording artiste and had my first release in 1988, entitled ‘Anti-litter Law’

Yasus is one of the original Christian Souljahs who engineered the Cultural Renaissance in Reggae and Dance Hall music and   Jamaican culture in the early 1990s alongside other Rastafarian artistes such as Garnet Silk, Tony Rebel, Everton Blenda, Uton Green and Luciano among others.

Recorded several ground breaking songs/Dub Poems for leading producers, performing for major promoters and events nationally and internationally as well as developed my own record label and significant cultural events.

Toured with Black Uhuru, Mutabaruka, Benjamin Zephaniah, Utan Green, Tony Rebel, Everton Blenda, Determine, Dele Mandeyah, Freedom Sounds Band and other major acts

Albums & Books: Dance Hall Baptism, Mental Assassin, Honour – Crown HIM, Eye Pen anthology

Awards: Jamaica Music Industry (JAMI), Jamaica Federation of Music, IRAWMA, Utech ACRM, STETHS, JCDC, European Awards for Languages, Medellin International Poetry Festival Award.

What’s your nationality?

 Jamaican

Where are you now? 

Jamaica

What was growing up like?

When I was an infant and while in School,  I developed love for Nature, Poetry and Drama. I excelled in Drama, Debating and Poetry as well as  being an outstanding student in technical training as well as in Sociology.


You’re a musician, what genre of music are you into?

Reggae & Dub


When you started your career, was there any parental objection?

Yes – Listen Poetree Cyaan Nyam

What cause do you stand for?

African Redemption, Rastafari Livity & One Earth, One Love, One Humanity

Have you produced any albums? 

Yes, I have 8 albums and via my label, have produced 7

What advise do you have for the younger ones?

Mik YA Book signing

Know Your self & your purpose & be Rooted & Grounded in Your Spirituality

Tell us your happiest day, so far

The Day Rastafari Manifested into My Life

What about your most embarrassing day?

Any day babylon system belittles our people and the dignity of humanity

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