Anthony Joseph is Trinidad-born poet, novelist, musician, and lecturer, who lives in the UK and mixes soul, funk, and Caribbean melodies. His last album “Caribbean Roots”, released in 2016, represents uncompromising return to Joseph’s roots. Joseph has always remained true to a powerful, deep-seated sense of his own Caribbean identity. Follower of the reboot of his musical matrix, Anthony, as he had already done by dispersing his Spasm Band and his Rubber Band, starting from scratch with a gleaming training, thought as a brewing between musicians from Guadeloupe and Trinidad. Starting out as a joint project with the outstanding percussionist Roger Raspail (Cesaria Evora, Papa Wemba), the album swiftly grew into a major work incorporating the rhythms, sounds and vibes that rock the Caribbean from San Fernando, Kingston and Les Abymes to Port-au-Prince and Havana. Backed by a band made up of a blend of musicians with Caribbean origins or connections, the album attempts to unite the different islands into a single entity without diluting any individual strand. “The idea is that the Caribbean is a fragmented region, socially, politically, historically. In my view, it is a unified space with more relations than disparities. The album is asking Caribbean people to consider that their roots are in the Caribbean, that their generations run deep and that now, we can claim it as ancestral space.”- says Joseph.
21 October MKC Dancing Hall, 24:00