Month: November 2011

d’bi. launches new album 333 on dec 5 @ lula lounge toronto canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

d’bi. kicks off her 2012 international tour, beginning in her hometown of Toronto, with the finale of the sankofa trilogy and the release her album, entitled 333

Toronto – November 29, 2011

Unapologetic afrikan-jamaican-canadian dubpoet, Jamaican-wombanist-warrior-artist and eclectic homegrown talent d’bi. embarks on an international tour to spread her socially conscious storytelling, beginning here in Toronto. Following on the highly acclaimed success of the sankofa trilogy, d’bi. wraps up her run with final performances on December 3rd and 4th 2011 at Tarragon Theatre, in which guests can see all three shows, blood.claat, benu and word!sound!powah!

the sankofa trilogy is a one woman show that consists of three stories. blood.claat is about fifteen-year-old mudgu sankofa coming of age through her menstruation. Benu is the story of sekesu sankofa, daughter of mudgu sankofa, a twenty year old new mother entangled in a web of unexplained physical and psychological ailments as she navigates motherhood and her own motherlessness. In the final performance of the trilogy word!sound!powah!, young dub poet benu sankofa becomes swept up in the violence of the 2012 national election in Jamaica.

As part of the tour launch, d’bi. is also releasing her latest album 333 in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, celebrating love, life and the journey towards finding one’s courage. The album traverses a range of themes, such as self-love, colonization, sex and mother-love. It is composed of lyricism that emerges from the roots of dub, intertwined with the rhythms of dancehall, reggae, hip-hop, punk rock and dub step. It is a collaborative transcontinental effort with Tanzanian producer Jokofire Pro and South African producers Mandiemafu and Baski Njovu. The event takes place in Toronto on December 5th, 2011 at Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West); Montreal on December 6th, 2011; and Ottawa on December 9th, 2011.

Also commencing the tour, d’bi. will be performing on November 30th, 2011 at Hart House as a featured artist for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Healing And Hope Through The Arts event to celebrate their new Arts Fund. The evening shines a spotlight on how African grassroots organizations use the arts to bring healing and hope to communities responding to the AIDS pandemic.

On December 7th and 8th, 2011 d’bi. will be at the Nightwood Theatre in Toronto teaching a two day Sorplusi Methodology workshop. The workshop will allow artists to explore the Sorplusi principles and interpret their findings from a personal, critical, analytical, self-reflective, oppression-aware point-of-view while guiding them through the process of creating art work based on the principles.

December 7th and 8th, 2011 d’bi. will be at the Nightwood Theatre in Toronto teaching a two day Sorplusi Methodology workshop. The workshop will allow artists to explore the Sorplusi principles and interpret their findings from a personal, critical, analytical, self-reflective, oppression-aware point-of-view while guiding them through the process of creating art work based on the principle

Finally in mid-December, d’bi. will be departing for India, followed by the U.K, South Africa, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, where she will take the sankofa trilogy and her album 333 global. A prompt return to Toronto for the launch of the sankofa trilogy book by Playwrights Canada Press, is also on the horizon.d’bi. is a Jamaican-Canadian dub poet, monodramatist and educator, as well as a Dora-winning actor and playwright. She garnered a Dora nomination for best actress in Trey Anthony’s stage production of da kink in my hair and the hit television sitcom Lord Have Mercy. d’bi. won two Dora awards in 2006 for an outstanding new play and an outstanding performance by a female in a principal role, in blood.claat: one womban story.d’bi. is the author of two collections of poetry, art on black and rivers and other blackness between us. She has released four EPs and 2 LPs to date and is anthologized in over 40 publications worldwide.

 For more information about d’bi. and her upcoming tour, visit www.dbi333.com

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word! sound! powah! by d’bi. receives oustanding reviews

word! sound! powah! review#8 the national post by robert cushman 14.11.2011

word! sound! powah! review #7 sway magazine by anya wassenberg 09.11.2011

4 out of 5 word! sound! powah! review #6 now toronto by jon kaplan 08.11.2011

4 out of 5 stars word! sound! powah! review #5 the toronto sun by john coulbourn 07.11.2011

word! sound! powah! review # 4 the globe and mail by j. kelly nestruck 07.11.2011

4 out of 4 stars word! sound! powah! review #3 by robert crew 06.11.2011

word! sound! powah! review #2 by beat rice for the charlebois post 05.11.2011

word! sound! powah! review #1 by dorianne emmerton for mooney on theatre 05.11.2011

the sankofa trilogy preview #2 by chris dupuis for xtra magazine 03.11.2011

the sankofa trilogy preview #1 by khamal murray for alternavox 24.10.2011