ANTHONY JOSEPH

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Trinidad-born, London-based poet, novelist, and urban griot explores spoken word through Caribbean, African, jazz, funk, and blues musics.

Anthony Joseph is a poet, novelist, musician, vocalist, and frontman for the Spasm Band. His music combines Caribbean and African rhythms with jazz, funk, and spoken word.

Joseph was born in Trinidad and raised by his grandparents. His earliest musical influences were his grandfather's calypso records, particularly those of Mighty Sparrow and Lord Kitchener. He was initially moved by the use of poetry and patois in their recordings. As a result, he began to write. During his teens he also started collecting the newest reggae sounds, which arrived by boat weekly from Jamaica. His writing ability allowed him to emigrate to the United Kingdom in 1989. He attended Goldsmiths College at the University of London where he obtained a Master's degree in literature. Joseph discovered the music and writings of Gil Scott-Heron as
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ANTHONY JOSEPH Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band ‎: Leggo De Lion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band ‎: Leggo De Lion
World Fusion 2007
ANTHONY JOSEPH Bird Head Son album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bird Head Son
World Fusion 2009
ANTHONY JOSEPH Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band : Rubber Orchestras album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band : Rubber Orchestras
World Fusion 2011
ANTHONY JOSEPH Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Time
African Fusion 2013
ANTHONY JOSEPH Caribbean Roots album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Caribbean Roots
Eclectic Fusion 2016
ANTHONY JOSEPH People of the Sun album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
People of the Sun
World Fusion 2018

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ANTHONY JOSEPH Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band : Live In Bremen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band : Live In Bremen
World Fusion 2013

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ANTHONY JOSEPH People of the Sun

Album · 2018 · World Fusion
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I really like having the opportunity to hear your beloved album at a live concert, it doesn't happen as often as I would like unfortunately. In case with Anthony Joseph "People Of The Sun" I was lucky enough to experience that.

Released on the tiny French label Heavenly Sweetness, "People Of The Sun" demonstrates fashionable new London jazz with its Caribbean influences. Trinidad-born band's front man Anthony Joseph (who is a professor of creative literature at London University) prefers to call himself a poet, and is obviously rooted in the free jazz and spoken word traditions of the late 60s and Gil Scott-Heron legacy. Joseph is more Caribbean Leonard Cohen than Amiri Baraka.

Album music is full of calypso, salsa, reggae, steel pans sound and Latin accent. Anthony combines his homeland rhythms with funk and spiritual jazz adding slightly melancholic lyrics without avoiding sharper themes such as slavery or problems of more current life in the Caribbean. All of this is offered with philosophical elegance and doesn't quite sound similar to an "angry men" street manifesto at all.

With fifteen musicians participating, the musical part is well-arranged with a percussive relaxed sound, accessible and very dance-able. Short instrumental solos are presented here and there as spices in a brew, it adds to the music's very livable and even hip feel, being in reality not all that simple, the album is very accessible and vibrant.

Returning back to their show, there was a smaller band of slightly different line-up playing live. They sounded much heavier, less refined and recalled more funk-rock garage band than relaxed Caribbean orchestra as heard on album. The compositions played were mostly all more extended with burning long soloing (partially Jason Yarde sax, wah wah guitar or percussion) and very charismatic dynamic Joseph on the front. It perfectly demonstrated band's live energy - opposite side of generally quite relaxed studio material.

One great example of today's London jazz scene great both for your legs, your heart and your head.

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