Legendary Dub Poet Lillian Allen Brings her Revolutionary Ital Tea Party to Europe and Launches her New Spoken Word CD ANXIETY

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Groundbreaking dub poetics. Music, Words, and Sound Power to free the soul!

Renowned writer and dub performer Lillian Allen, a godmother of rap, hiphop, and dub poetic forms, brings her special brew of Revolutionary Ital Tea to Europe, celebrating the release of her new Spoken Word CD ANXIETY with a weekender Facebook CD listening party starting Friday, October 12th, 2012 and a European tour with stops in England, Wales, Ireland and France from October 12th to November 9th, 2012.

The tour begins in London, Oct 12th -14th with 3 days of workshops and performances at Centerprise Trust’s annual Word Power Festival and Black Book Fair in Hackney. Joining Allen at Word Power Festival on Sunday, October 14th, 2012 for her London CD launch will be special guest world renowned Kora virtuoso Mosi Conde.

Full tour details at http://www.lillianallen.ca.

ANXIETY CD Facebook listening party link, https://www.facebook.com/events/368372823245620/

Allen is also lending her support to other non-profit groups groups such as Hay2Timbuktu assisting communities in Timbuktu, Mali with an October 18th concert at the globe in Hay-on-Wye.

A dedicated community-based artist, Lillian Allen is renowned for her work as an originator and instigator within literary and musical bounds. Sometimes described as ‘a vocal resistor who has broken many barriers of silence about female culture and identity’.

“Lillian Allen.. has utilized her voice and her poetics to challenge explicitly and implicitly, the power relationship within society, between men and women and among women. She dared to be different, to call into questions norms of society. Allen has stood up for her rights, followed her inner voice, her truth and her spirit. In so doing, she has validated not only her own existence but the existence of female culture."
-- Sheila Nopper, Herizons Magazine

With ANXIETY, Allen breaks new ground. ANXIETY is abundant with a tantalizing sense of empowerment, and of transformation. Allen as literary zeitgeist asks the question, 'What does a voice become when it stands for something?' And how the voice stands for many things with Allen's poetry. Past, present and a visionary future collide in the moment. Whether celebrating artists like Billie Holiday, or decrying homelessness or bringing us to the warmth and values of family and community growing up in Spanish Town, Jamaica (a poem to commemorate Jamaica's 50th independence anniversary) or a love song to her beloved city Toronto, Allen's new spoken word CD ANXIETY may very well be a potent metaphor for our times, and her vision, creative artistry, incisive craft -- and her performance, delivers a real place to stand for social justice!

Lillian Allen is also a Creative Writing Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University and founder of the first Canadian 'dub poetry festival and conference'. Awarded a City of Toronto Cultural Champion Award in 2011, Allen’s artistic and activist work has been instrumental in helping to transform the Canadian cultural landscape from the seventies.

Allen has several books and recordings, has worked in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, writing for children, experimental writing forms, and has written several plays. She also co-produced and co-directed the documentary about Jamaican dub poet Mutabaruka called Blakk... wi Blakk.

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