Out of St Maarten – Lasana Sekou’s Salt Reaper CD “A brilliant move!”, now available online (Spoken Wordists: CD has content warning)
The Salt Reaper poetry/music CD by Lasana M. Sekou is now online at http://cdbaby.com/cd/lasanamsekou and iTunes.com for listening, downloading favorite selections, MP3s, ringtones, and ordering of the actual Audio CD.
Sekou, an author of 13 books, is considered one of the prolific Caribbean poets of his generation.
The Salt Reaper reviews are consistent for this new work by the St. Martin author, said Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers, the CD producer.
“Between the public, revolutionary political rhetoric of Linton Kwesi Johnson and the lush, esoteric wordplay of Dylan Thomas” is how The Salt Reaper collection has been reviewed by World Literature in Review.
“Lasana Sekou has moved his impressive book of poetry The Salt Reaper into the field of WordMusic,” writes Amiri Baraka. The noted US poet’s own poetry has been on albums, in videos, movies, documentaries, and an influence on leading hip-hop artists.
The Salt Reaper – selected poems from the flats, with Sekou’s vocals “accompanied by hurtling hot music,” is “A brilliant move!” said Baraka, whose music credentials also come with Blues People, his acclaimed American music history book.
To Angelo Rombley, The Salt Reaper music producer, the CD’s “Spoken Word or WordMusic digital compatibility with media, communication and game platforms,” did not take away from his “staying true to the message in the poems.”
There are international topic selections “Double Dutch.Immigration at Schiphol,” “Haiti 200,” “Los otros americanos,” and the anti-torture/genocide “The blood boil,” said Sample.
“Sekou gives his voice to those who for too long have been voiceless,” wrote historian Dr. Maria van Enckevort about the The Salt Reaper.
Poems like “The blockade next time,” a Martin Luther King birthday protest in the Caribbean in 1990, a recent verse like “The cubs are in the field,” and adult love poems “Into Africa” and “Intoxicate” are recited with breathlessly arresting rhythm by Sekou, said Sample.
Other poems set to music are the drug addicts’ tale “Doped up roughings,” and “Cradle of the nation,” which mythologizes St. Martin people to the island’s Great Salt Pond and is called “magisterial” by Jamaican scholar and reggae critic Dr. Carolyn Cooper.
Often called “a performance poet,” Sekou has recited in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and the USA, but The Salt Reaper is his first Audio CD – a late joiner to poetry recordings from the likes of Mutabaruka, Gil Scott-Heron, Nikki Giovanni and LKJ.
The Florida-based Rombley sees The Salt Reaper as “breaking new home-ground. What we are seeing is the evolution of poetry on the island of St. Martin alongside the new technology to reach the people in the Caribbean, the USA and further afield.”
“The world right now is flat because of the digital platform. Reading has to compete with a ‘click’ society –TV, email, downloadable music.”
“In this ‘click’ society the people want something entertaining but yet with some substance to it. That was a motivation for the type of music mixed for The Salt Reaper poems,” said Rombley, an award-winning graphic designer and digital artist.