By For Posterity
Recorded live in Jamaica, this podcast critically explores life, art, and culture. Yes, everything from music to the _isms to migration to love. Press play on conversations and musings that give way to reflections on what matters to us today, so that our voices may be preserved and future generations can know.
“Full of Life and Full of Loss” with Katrina Coombs
This amazing episode spotlights the life, loss, and art of Katrina Coombs. She is a Jamaican woman and superbly talented textile and fiber artist. For our talk, we sat inside the rich, comfort of soft yellow carpet and suspended red fiber art in an un-doored room on the ground level of the National Gallery of Jamaica. Katrina Coombs’s 2022 Kingston Biennial art installation is titled “Apocalypse: Lifting of the Veil" and it is a full-sensory experience featuring acrylic yarn, paper, metal, music, video projections, testimony, and an olfactory infusion. If you're in Jamaica, please make your way to the National Gallery of Jamaica to see her installation before the exhibit closes on December 31, 2022. Heads up: This episode comes with a trigger warning. This episode will discuss child loss (abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth). Follow Katrina Coombs via her website: https://katrinacoombs.wordpress.com or on Instagram at @duchesskcfibres. *Statistics shared on this episode are sourced from the WHO https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/abortion **Visit the National Gallery of Jamaica's website for more information on the 2022 Kingston Biennial: https://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com
December 11, 2022
Opal Palmer Adisa: Championing Miss Lou to the Worl'
In this episode I speak with Professor Opal Palmer Adisa. She is an acclaimed poet, writer, educator, feminist, mother, and cultural activist. We discuss the power of words -- in particular the words of Louise Bennett-Coverley -- to inspire voice, critique culture, and uplift the Jamaican people. Opal is building the inaugural Miss Lou Festival in Gordon Town, Jamaica on October 15, 2022. If you or your oganization is keen to contribute talent or financial support, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Much love. This is For Posterity.
September 08, 2022
Twas a Matter of Divine Time: Talking with singer/songwriter NAVY
In this episode of FOR POSTERITY, I talk with singer/songwriter Navy about her upbringing in Dominica and the weight of being a little Black girl from the Caribbean. Of course we talk too about her love of music, love of country, love of tarot cards, and her commitment to soul healing work. Dubbed the high priestess of hip hop soul, Navy is signed to the Barbados based Pretty Boy Worldwide label. Check her out on this music platform or on YouTube to get a sense of her sound and style. Click here for Navy's IG and here for her FB. I'm sure you'll love Navy as much as I do. And big shout out to Dominican poet Tamara Lowe and RIP to writer Jean Rhys. I'm the Riddim Writer and this is For Posterity.
August 26, 2022
Quick Note: August 23
I've got three bits to share with you in this Quick Note FOR POSTERITY and Beverley Manley is the thread that connects them all. Tune in then check out the Joelle Simone Powe directed four-part documentary on former First Lady Beverley Manley's life here. Rush over to 10A West Kings House Road in Kingston, Jamaica to see the 50th anniversary of The Harder They Come exhibit before it closes on Aug 28, 2022. And last, you must make sure you check back soon-soon for the full FOR POSTERITY conversation with Opal Palmer Adisa. She's a poet, educator, cultural activist, and champion Miss Lou! Good things to come.
August 23, 2022
Quick Note: August 17
This "Quick Note" is a new addition to the FOR POSTERITY podcast. This, the first, is a short episode highlighting Marcus Garvey. It features an excerpt from Michael Holgate’s, “Garvey - The Musical” as performed and produced by The Ashe Company of Kingston, Jamaica. This musical excerpt helps to illuminate the many sides of Garvey. Please follow Jamaican playwright and director Michael Holgate on social media for updates about this musical, as he expects to bring it back to the stage for 2023. As always, thank you for listening.
August 17, 2022
S6/ep4: This Is Star Girl Naomi Cowan
Singer, songwriter Naomi Cowan is back for a solo conversation about her current project and so much more. She joined me back in 2020 with her fellow Rock & Groove Riddim singers — Sevana, Lila Iké, and Jaz Elise — and today she talks with me about the bright star energy she has brought to Star Girl, the first installment of what will be a succession of mixtapes. On this episode you will hear “Gun Shot”, “The Voice”, and “Naked” by Naomi Cowan, as well as “Ism Schism” by Naomi’s mother Carlene Davis. Stream Naomi Cowan's entire catalog on Apple or Spotify and follow her on socials @naomicowan.
May 13, 2022
S6/ep3: Energy in Abundance with Exile di Brave
Now based in Germany, the Kingston/Portmore-bred dancehall MC known as Exile di Brave joins me to talk about his journey into music. This Jamaican rapper-singer-deejay-producer, is a jolt of positive, infectious energy. Tune in and catch the vibe. And be sure to stream or purchase the tracks referenced in this episode: “For Everything” by Exile and from his 2020 album Project Affinity, “Folklore” (2020) by Exile & Time Cow (2020), and “Run” (2020) by Exile & Gavsborg. Oh, and like a Marvel movie, make sure you stay tuned until the last drip-drop, as there is a curious bonus track that's eager to be heard. Exile's newest project will be landing later in 2022.
May 07, 2022
S6/ Ep 1: Inansi - Part 1
Jamaican artist Inansi proves that art can humbly extend and collage our memories. In this 2-part episode Inansi previews her upcoming memoir with amazing sketches of her colorful life. Get to know this artist as she talks to me about her family's history in Jamaica, the sisterhood of fierce Jaguars, one dangerous night at Bob Marley's residence in 1976, and all kinds of fashion accessories that she designed while living in New York City. If you're in Jamaica, find Inansi's multimodal work across the island and in various spaces. And if you're online with a crypto wallet, you can find Inansi on the OpenSea. Here is a link to her work on The INDIGO TRIBE NFT project, where pieces titled “Fashionfruit Femme” and “Ms. Coffeebean Queen” are still available, for a limited time. Enjoy part one!
April 02, 2022
S6/ Ep2: Inansi Part 2
This is part-two of my conversation with Jamaican artist Inansi. We walk-through her amazing life of love, art, and activism as we preview her upcoming memoir. This June 2022, Inansi’s work will also be a part of the 50th anniversary of the Perry Henzell film The Harder They Come. You can get in touch with Inansi on Facebook. If you're in Jamaica, find Inansi's multimodal work across the island and in various spaces. And if you're online with a crypto wallet, you can find Inansi on the OpenSea. Here is a link to her work on The INDIGO TRIBE NFT project, where pieces titled “Fashionfruit Femme” and “Ms. Coffeebean Queen” are still available, for a limited time. Enjoy part one!
March 29, 2022
S5/ Ep6: We Ain' Done with Cyndi Celeste
Barbadian spoken word poet Cyndi Celeste is a beacon of inspiration (hence, there's no wonder they were invited by the government of Barbados to perform “We Ain’ Done” at the Pride of Nationhood celebration on November 30, 2021, the day Barbados officially became a republic). This conversation advocates for the power of voice and a brave new future of inclusivity. Our chat is particularly important because too many Caribbean folks still think of poetry as "just a hobby" and not a profession. Take a good listen to this episode and check out Cyndi Celeste's full performance of "We Ain' Done" by clicking here. Big up to the awesome individuals who helped Cyndi Celeste to prepare the poem "We Ain' Done": Alex Downes, Roshanna Trimm, Java Sealy, and Daniel Boxill. And big up to Celeste's inspirations: Bajan spoken word poet Adrian Green, the Poetry Lime open-mic at Barbados Community College, and the Rhythm Poets of Barbados — Winston Farrell, Adisa Andwele (AJA). Rest in power to Kamau Brathwaite.
January 02, 2022
S5/ Ep5: Music Is the Journey/ Talking with Ken Boothe
Born in Denham Town, Kingston, Jamaica in 1948, Ken Boothe, OD, has been recording music since the 1960s. Whether it was rocksteady, ska, lovers rock, or reggae, Ken Boothe has been moving people’s feet, touching hearts, and soothing souls for more than fifty years. His music is the music of love - love’s highs, love’s lows, love for humanity, and love for country. Ken Boothe talks with me about his amazing musical journey and this episode shows just how far music can travel. (Big up the sound systems who have kept the Jamaican music industry going during this global pandemic. Dub plates are forever!)
January 01, 2022
S5/ Ep4: Talking Jamaican Futurism with Storm Saulter
From photography to filmmaking to music, Storm Saulter is unbound and has enough talent and imagination to power all ah we into the future. We discuss his vision for "Neo" Kingston, Jamaica in the year 2062 via his musical short for Sean Paul and Sia's "Dynamite." And we talk about what's next re his own lyricism following his 2021 link-up with the forward-thinking Jamaican music collective Equiknoxx. Of course, we do dip into history and politics in our conversation, but all in service of powering into the future. Listen and imagine. This is Jamaican futurism. This episode features music from Equiknoxx's 2021 album Basic Tools Mixtape. Support Equiknoxx by streaming or buying their music. I also encourage listeners to visit Vevo / YouTube to stream Storm Saulter's musical short for "Dynamite" by Sean Paul featuring Sia. And check out Saulter's feature-length films Better Mus' Come (2011) and Sprinter (2018). And also check out the album short film for Shabazz Palaces' "Black Up" by Kahlil Joseph.
November 17, 2021
S5/ Ep3: Two Sides to Every Record, a Conversation with Susan Cadogan (part 2)
Part 2 of my conversation with Susan Cadogan highlights how every life touches another. It shows that every individual's story is made up of all of the many places, experiences, and people who mattered, influenced, shaped, hurt, and loved them. Part 2 begins at the intersection of Susan Cadogan and Glen Adams. Theirs is a love story that is so special that it just begged to be spotlighted, as bittersweet as it is. Listen and learn about the acts of loving someone. Learn too that many of our artistes need our support just as much as we need their artistry. Go on now; press play on For Posterity. There's so much inside. As always, big up the music and makers of music featured in this episode: "I Just Love you" inspired by Glen Adams, written and sung by Susan Cadogan, and "Do It Baby AKA Nice and Easy" sung by Susan Cadogan and produced by Lee 'Scratch' Perry.
September 11, 2021
S5/ Ep2: Two Sides to Every Record, a Conversation with Susan Cadogan (part 1)
This is a conversation* with the Jamaican lover's rock singer Susan Cadogan. For many, her voice was made famous during the early 1970s by producer Lee Scratch Perry; but as you tune into the richness of this conversation she shares with me, you'll be able to hear another side of the record. In this episode and the next, I explore the depths of Susan Cadogan's memory so that listeners can really start to understand how this woman’s music career really has "Hurt So Good". I give thanks for the music heard in this episode: "On Ma Journey Now" by Lola Veronica Cadogan and "Do It Baby, AKA Nice and Easy" by Susan Cadogan/ Lee Scratch Perry. *Note: This conversation with Susan Cadogan was recorded before the passing of my guest's father Rev. Dr. Claude Langton Cadogan on August 20, 2021 and before the passing of Lee 'Scratch' Perry on August 29, 2021.
September 09, 2021
S5/ Ep1: I'm baaaack!
I took a little hiatus to process and recharge. But now I'm baaaaaack! For Posterity is back with a new season that will, as always, tease your memory and pique your curiosity. Press play because it's time to begin again.
August 30, 2021
S4/ Ep1: Everything Inside with Edwidge Danticat
June is #ReadCaribbean month and I'm here for the literary celebration! With novelist, writer, activist Edwidge Danticat as my guest for this Season 4 opener, we share stories of the past even as we discuss the now. We talk about storytelling alongside Black-girl-motherhood in 2021. We discuss memory and migration stories. We discuss the arc of her writing, hope, Haiti, Jamaica, Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” (1978), Charles Mingus’ “Haitian Fight Song” (1957), a little Shabba Ranks, and Everything Inside (2019) right back to Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994). Tune in. This is For Posterity.
June 14, 2021
S3/ Ep5: Voice Notes to Self (part 2)
Voice Notes to Self (part 2): Just as the previous episode did, this episode is in response to the many news articles written about women during the pandemic and it is inspired by Jah9's song "Note to Self." This episode is here to intentionally record and amplify women's uncensored experiences over the last year. Women have been doing an unequal share of the work of caring for family members, schooling children, keeping house, and nursing patients back to health, all while appearing composed and full of grace. What a difficult facade to keep up all of the time. Recognizing this as a woman myself, I offer this episode as a space for women to be heard, for you to listen, and a space that will hopefully encourage you to check in on yourself and the women and girls that you love. This episode listens to women who have been navigating, coping, and surviving a global pandemic. As you listen to S3/ Ep5 and S3/ Ep4, please hear their voices with an open heart and find yourself amongst their stories. Thank you to the women who shared their voice notes to self so publicly: Nicole Fields, Karen Thaxter-Nesbeth, Patricia V., Moji A., and Lizzy Brown. And thank you to the music makers whose songs have been my salve. Enjoy their songs on Spotify or wherever you stream music: Jah9 feat Chronixx "Note to Self", Alanna Stuart "Black Voices Matter", Jaz Elise "Good over Evil", Gavsborg "Domestic Termites Love Rock Music", and Sevana "Phone a Friend". All of the music featured on this episode was released between March 2020 and March 2021, year one of the coronavirus global pandemic. Listen deeply. Please click here for more information about the collaborative partnerships made possible by Level Fields.
March 26, 2021
S3/ Ep4: Voice Notes to Self (part 1)
Voice Notes to Self (part 1): In response to the many news articles written about women during the pandemic and inspired by Jah9's song "Note to Self", this episode is here to intentionally record and amplify women's uncensored experiences over the last year. Women have been doing an unequal share of the work of caring for family members, schooling children, keeping house, and nursing patients back to health, all while appearing composed and full of grace. What a difficult facade to keep up all of the time. Recognizing this as a woman myself, I offer this episode as a space for women to be heard, for you to listen, and a space that will hopefully encourage you to check in on yourself and the women and girls that you love. This episode listens to women who have been navigating, coping, and surviving a global pandemic. As you listen to S3/ Ep4 and S3/ Ep5, please hear their voices with an open heart and find yourself amongst their stories. Thank you to the women who shared their voice notes: Desiree Campbell, Merissa Collins, Naita Semaj Williams, Anita Baksh, and Elizabeth Todd Breland. And thank you to the music makers whose songs have been my balm. Enjoy their songs on Spotify or wherever you stream/ purchase music: Jah9 feat Chronixx "Note to Self", Runkus feat Naomi Cowan "Everybody Going Live", Aminah Rose "Who Knew", Hugh feat Bonjay "Walk It Off", and Lila Ike "Where I'm Coming From." All of the music featured on this episode was released between March 2020 and March 2021, year one of the coronavirus global pandemic. Listen deeply. Please click here for more information about the non-profit survivor-centered gender justice organization the Jahajee Sisters.
March 25, 2021
S3/ Ep3: Surrender to Yourself, A Conversation with Jah9
This episode celebrates the 1 year anniversary of Jah9’s third studio album Note to Self (March 2020). We discuss how Jah9 has grown from living in Tanzania for a year, we deconstruct race identity, she shares how she has continued to work on herself and how you can surrender to yourself via a Note to Self reboot that will be a Feel Good retreat hosted in Zanzibar this year (details at Jah9.com). We wrap-up with a chat about how the music of both East and West Africa are influencing the future of her musical sound. Don't miss this conversation. Join me #ForPosterity. You may stream Jah9’s music on all music platforms and watch her live performance at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, virtual edition, on March 5, 2021. Details are available at jamaicajazzandblues.com and on their social media accounts. Music notes: "Hey You" from Jah9's Note to Self (2020). Reading notes: Vincent Carretta's Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century (2003 is the updated edition).
March 03, 2021
S3/ Ep2: Roots Don't Always Indicate Where One Is From, A Conversation with Christopher Creary
My guest is Mr. Christopher Creary and our conversation is about plants that are mistakenly believed to be native to or indigenous to the Caribbean. This conversation was recorded at the former Hope Experimental Garden (now the Royal Hope Botanic Gardens). If you’re ever at the Gardens, pay Mr. Creary a visit. You will be glad you did. For now, enjoy this episode about how plants, communities, and street names reveal Jamaica's colonial history. Reader’s reference: William Fawcett’s “The Public Gardens and Plantations of Jamaica” published in The Botanical Gazette (1897), the novels and poetry collections of Jamaica Kincaid, Olive Senior, and Lorna Goodison. Musical references: “Over the Hills and Far Away” performed by Hilary James and Simon Mayer (via YouTube) and “Where Is My Home” by Aisha (via Bandcamp).
February 13, 2021
S3/ Ep 1: Nuh One Way deh fe Heng Daag, A Conversation with Dr. Leahcim Semaj
As a public figure who has, for some forty years, inspired Jamaican people and encouraged Caribbean and global businesses to make better investments in their employees, my season 3 opening guest is none other than Chief Ideator of Above or Beyond, Dr. Leahcim Semaj, my father. This episode is a collection of his lived experiences, which prove that the personal is the universal and that community can be found in a neighborhood or in a book. And the amalgamation of his stories is best summed up by the Jamaican proverb "Nuh One Way duh fe Heng Daag," which translates from the Jamaican to the English to mean “there isn’t just one way to hang a dog.” If we are to survive in this world, we may sometimes have to find alternative means to the ends we seek. This episode is a celebration of the power of words to uplift people, define identity, and shift one's perspective. This is For Posterity.
January 31, 2021
S2/ Ep8: Daylight Come for Environmental Activism with Diana McCaulay
After working the land all night, home is where one wants to be when daylight come. But, what if your Caribbean home is deadly hot because of climate change or the depletion of natural, protective resources? What would happen if daylight kills? This episode features Diana McCaulay, the author of Daylight Come (2020) and four other amazing novels that explore her real Jamaica. Diana is also, notably, a sharp environmental activist and was the founder and CEO of Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). Amongst other missions, Diana has been at the forefront of the 25-year battle against bauxite mining in Jamaica’s Cockpit Country. Our conversation is a matter of life and death for this sun-soaked island in the sea. Listen in now and support the mission by following JET on social media. Together we can stop the mining and protect Jamaica. < Episode Reading List: Dog-Heart (2010), Huracan (2012), Gone to Drift (2016), White Liver Gal (2017), and Daylight Come (2020) all by Diana McCaulay. And read her non-fiction words in PREE @ www.preelit.com >> < Episode Music List: "Day-O/ Banana Boat Song" by Harry Belafonte (1956).>>
December 18, 2020
S2/ Ep7: Getting Bright, Free, and 'Facety' with Tygapaw
Sometimes we have to sink into the depths so that we can eventually GET FREE. So, if you’re ready to give yourself over to word and sound power, then listen in on this conversation with my guest, the DJ-producer, Jamaican-raised, Brooklyn-dwelling, soundscape-maker, and body-controller Dion McKenzie, better known as Tygapaw. We discuss marronage, trauma, music, badmind, and process. This episode features new music by Tygapaw whose debut album GET FREE is available for purchase on Bandcamp.com and for streaming elsewhere. This episode features "Facety," "Who Can't Hear Must Feel" and references "Ode to Black Trans Lives" and "Ownland." This episode launches on World AIDS Day 2020 and also references the poetry of Kwame Dawes. I hope that my conversation with this awesome DJ may save somebody's life. This is #ForPosterity
December 01, 2020
S2/ Ep6: Riddim Writer Meets Protoje in Literary Dub
In the fresh mountain air of the Habitat studio, Protoje and I had a reflective conversation about how a French novel was able to "dub" its way into his latest music project, In Search of Lost Time. This episode digs into the influence of Marcel Proust, hip hop, and classic Jamaican dub on Protoje. And this episode also explores the risk of labels, the possibility of feminism, and Black Lives Matter in a Jamaican context. **Listen to the bonus material for some additional information on contemporary protest. It's time to end systemic oppression.** Recommended listening: Protoje's In Search of Lost Time (2020), Common's Like Water for Chocolate (2000). Recommended reading: Diana McCaulay's Daylight Come (2020), Laura Esquivel's Como agua para chocolate / Like Water for Chocolate (1989), Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time (1922- 1933, Moncrieff's English translation).
October 29, 2020
S2/ Ep5: We’re Always Home: A Conversation with Ishion Hutchinson
My guest for this episode is the one and only poet-professor-Portlander, Ishion Hutchinson. We recorded this conversation via video conferencing as we each lazed in our yards, feeling tethered by the hammock of history and comforted by thoughts of home. Hear macaws and other birds endemic to Jamaica, sing meaningfully as a kind of soundtrack to our chat. Hear how our audio sometimes sizzles and our voices sometimes glitch, and think of how the digital creates a kind of dub-like recording. Think of sound and imagination as you listen to this one. Think of home, homecoming, and returns. Think of maroons and coves. Think of yourself and your nation and know that we're always home. ***Recommended reading: Ishion Hutchinson's House of Lords and Commons (2016) and Far District (2010), and any and all poems by Derek Walcott.
October 11, 2020
S2/ Ep4: 525,600 Minutes with Shanique Marie
Borrowing its title from "Seasons of Love," the signature score of the musical Rent, this episode is blessed with the creative energy of Shanique Marie, a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and lover of words. We discuss the curious (sometimes frustrating) ways that Jamaican music is heard as alien at home, yet welcomed as familiar in foreign lands. We discuss her trip to West Africa, being stuck in European airports as COVID-19 began closing national borders, and spending 48+ hours in a mask. How will Shanique Marie measure the year 2020? How will any of us? In minutes or in bullets? In sickness or in creativity? Spoiler alert; this episode measures life in love of family, art, and community. Listen in, support the arts, and vote to end the laws that protect Breonna Taylor's killers. ~ Riddim.Writer. Song Credits: "Seasons of Love" (1996) from the Tony Award-winning musical Rent. Written and scored by JONATHAN LARSON. "I Should Have Hugged You Tighter When We Last Met [Oh what a joy]" (2020). Written/ Performed/ Produced by BALRAJ SINGH SAMRAI. PANDIT G. GAVSBORG. FARAH AHMAD KHAN. SHANIQUE MARIE. TUNDE ADEKOYA. VIKAASH.
September 24, 2020
S2/ Ep3: Voicing Identity with Alanna Stuart
With many music writers always seeking to classify and categorize Jamaican music, I am happy to share this on-time conversation with Alanna Stuart. Alanna is one half of the musical duo Bonjay. She is an amazingly talented singer, songwriter, and producer who recognizes her roots as a third Jamaican, a third Grenadian, and perhaps, a third complicated by the great white North that is the Canada of her upbringing. Tune in for conversation about voice, language and how they define our identities (personal, musical, and cultural). This episode features "Want a Gang” by Bonjay. It was released in 2010 on the album “Broughtupsy.” You can stream all of Alanna’s/ Bonjay's/ Pyne's music and purchase it via the Bandcamp app. Take a listen, and hear the noise that runs through her blood to form, complicate, and constantly reconstruct her identity. ~ Riddim Writer. Suggested reading: Carolyn Cooper's Noises in the Blood: Orality, Gender, and The "Vulgar" Body of Jamaican Popular Culture (1993).
September 01, 2020
S2/ Ep2: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is it that we see? With public debate booming about a young girl's right to wear her hair in dreadlocks at school, one wonders if any of us are ready to take a long look at ourselves in the mirror of history. Are we yet ready to be independent? My guest for episode two is my friend LA Wanliss. She is a poet, writer, editor, teacher, and dramaturg here in Kingston, Jamaica. She joins me to discuss the performance of the national via representations of the personal and vice versa, as the two are always linked. As you listen, you may find fragments of yourself in this conversation; but more than that, I hope that you find a desire to look more critically at the idea of independence and identity. Suggested Reading: Una Marson's "Kinky Hair Blues" (1937), Roger Mais' "Now we Know" (1944) and "Where the Roots Lie" (1940), and Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John (1983).
August 11, 2020
S2/ Ep1: Behind the Mask of Education
Welcome to Season Two! This first episode looks at being Black in educational settings, not just in the U.S., but also in Jamaica, a predominantly African-descent nation, but a country that subscribes to and abides by a white, British colonial system of inequality. My esteemed guest is someone who's been schooling me since birth: my big sis Njeri Semaj. As an expert Black woman and as an expert educator with two decades of professional experience across multiple educational models, I turn to her for perspective as we prepare for a new academic year in the midst of COVID-19 and racism. Spoiler alert: Njeri proposes that we decolonize everything. I recommend that you get in touch with her if you're interested in balancing for better: www.njerisemaj.com. (Additional Credits: Big up to @josh2funny for the viral #dontleavemechallenge and to my Ace Aminah for taking part. Recommended reading: Frederick Douglass' 1845 text Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave and Frantz Fanon's 1952 text Black Skin, White Masks. Recommending screening: Darrel Roodt's 1992 adaptation of Mbongeni Ngema's 1987 musical Sarafina! and the 2019 YAK Films short film based on the spoken word poetry of Marc Bamuthi Joseph titled About Face.)
July 24, 2020
Episode 7: Future Tense, Past Imperfect
This episode is about the collision of past and future and the making of an uncomfortable present. In this conversation with my friends John and Valerie, they talked to me about 1970s Jamaica. During the Manley years, the country was sent into a kind of lockdown, but this was also a time of innovative opportunity and identity building. Together we discussed how race and access impact everything from fashion to employment to the uneven hand of the law. This episode is the Season 1 closer and it clarifies just what is meant by posterity. Big up to Future, Kendrick Lamar, Jah9, and Lila Ike for their musical expression. Listen. Subscribe. Share. #RiddimWriter #ForPosterity
May 16, 2020
Episode 6: Talk, Write, & Read More with Dutty Bookman
Contrary to popular belief, there is a reading culture in Jamaica and this episode proves it. So listen up, because this episode is embedded with a book list. Yay! With Gavin “Dutty Bookman” Hutchinson in the studio, we talked about the revolutionary power of printed words to motivate us to be better, stronger, and wiser. We bigged up all the word generators that continue to spark minds. Love to W.E.B. DuBois, Che Guevara, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Kabaka Pyramid, and the one and only Jah9. We also salute the Harlem Renaissance, the Jamaican Revival and the Reggae Revival, PREE, and the go-to conscious bookseller I-Nation, as well as the writers and lyricists that are being forged in the fire right now. Thank you to my new friend and generous guest, Dutty Bookman. Keep manifesting. Everyone should pick up Tried and True, Fatidic: Selected Duttyisms, and I. Mann Open the Gate, all written and published by my guest for Episode 6. Listen to the talking. Then do more writing and reading.
April 18, 2020
Episode 5: Going Home with Nicole Dennis-Benn
Home is that place we are either running to or running away from. This conversation is with the esteemed, multi-award winning Jamaican novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn. Nicole is the multi-award winning author of Here Comes the Sun (2016) and Patsy (2019). We met-up in a cafe in Kingston, Jamaica to discuss life and the role of home in shaping each of our identities as well as the identities of her captivating fictional characters. When we sat down in February and chatted though, we could not have anticipated all of the ways that home would become more complicated, especially for women. We are presently in a time of pandemic, such that staying home could save your life. And despite the "modern times," the majority of the home and house work duties still fall on the shoulders of women. So, in honor of the poets in the kitchen who do the housework — both the paid and the unpaid — I dedicate this episode to Patsy, Paule Marshall, and all the women in between. This is For Posterity.
April 03, 2020
Episode 4: Literary Escape
Stitched together under self-isolation, this episode of For Posterity sits curiously between science and science fiction, somewhere between literary escape and writing reality. As I consider the possibility that we are living in a kind of "end of days", I realize that it's all about the word and how words will, ultimately, save us all. Well, words and washing our hands. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, these are the remotely gathered voices of a few dear writer friends, sharing their own words in their own voices. You'll hear from Jamaican writer and Renaissance man Roland Watson-Grant, Dominican American scholar-poet-painter Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi, and Trinidadian artist-activist-attorney Caroline Mair-Toby. Press play and escape into words with me.
March 20, 2020
Episode 3: How to Love Highly with Jah9
Jah9 is a Jamaican woman, a yogi, and a social scientist. It is also a fact that she writes, sings, produces, and dubs music. We sat down to talk about names, family, strength, weakness, and the word "should". But where else did the conversation go? Well, we wound up speaking quite “highly”* of black men. As you listen, you’ll hear a powerful story that reveals a deep racial need to learn to make love instead of making bucks. So, are you ready? Are you capable of loving "highly"? Press play and find out. *Jah9’s latest single “Highly” is featured on this episode. "Highly" is co-produced by Runkus and Iotosh and is on Jah9’s forthcoming album NOTE TO SELF (out March 13). Be vulnerable and let love light the way. Listen. Follow. Share. < Follow me on IG @Riddim.Writer / Twitter @IsisSemajHall - Follow Jah9 on IG @jah9online / Twitter @jah9 >>
February 28, 2020
Episode 2: Woman Ah Come / A Long Talk with Sevana, Lila Iké, Naomi Cowan, & Jaz Elise
When Protoje gathered four recording artistes and asked each one to sing a powerful song on a single vibesy riddim, reggae music fans were gifted with "Peace of Mind," "Haul & Pull," "Inspiration," and a fourth single that borrows its title from the riddim itself, "Rock & Groove." But, when FOR POSTERITY gathered those same recording artistes -- Naomi Cowan, Sevana, Lila Iké, and Jaz Elise -- to talk about living life in the spotlight, what I experienced was a rich and nuanced conversation about being Jamaican women and “role models,” unapologetic self-expression in 2020, the chance to inspire individuality, taking time to recharge the self, silencing randoms and trolls, and sitting in one’s purpose with a good book in hand. As you listen to Episode 2, notice how my guests come alive at the possibility of working with women producers in Jamaica and the reality that the musical atmosphere is changing. Yes, more and more it is becoming a welcoming community of collaboration. These amazing ladies show that Koffee’s big Grammy win in the reggae category is both the culmination of decades of little steps and the commencement of even bigger steps for women in Jamaica’s contemporary music world. This is for female posterity. (Also, big up Drake and *bonus clips at the end* every time!) 《Follow me on IG @Riddim.Writer / Twitter @IsisSemajHall - Follow Naomi on IG @naomicowan / Sevana on IG @callmesevana / Lila on IG @lilaike / and Jaz on IG @officialjazelise - I encourage you to stream, buy, support their music. One love.》
February 16, 2020
Episode 1: Talking Memory with Gavsborg of Equiknoxx Music
We record everything - videos/ voices/ this podcast... So what does loss mean in this age of big data and even bigger memory? What is palimpsest in an ever-changing urban environment like Kingston, Jamaica? These are some of the topics that Equiknoxx's Gavsborg discusses with me on this inaugural episode. In a tech world full of sights and sounds, we explore what this genius producer wants recorded FOR POSTERITY. You may be surprised by his answers. Enjoy all of the outtakes at the end. 《Follow me on IG @Riddim.Writer / Twitter @IsisSemajHall - Follow Equiknoxx on IG @equiknoxxmusic - I encourage you to stream, buy, support their music. One love.》
January 25, 2020
Episode 0: For Posterity Trailer
Welcome to FOR POSTERITY. I'm your host the Riddim Writer. Through conversations with guests each episode will critically engage life, art, and the unexpected. Join me regularly to take an active listen to what's happening in Jamaica now. FOR POSTERITY is here to be a digital record for future generations to tease apart later.
January 25, 2020