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March 28, 2014 7:49 pm
For his fifth album, the Trinidad-born poet joins up with the bass player Meshell Ndegeocello. Her hard, funky basslines serve as a second voice, underlining and commenting on Joseph’s poetic mini-essays about Black History and the status of women; occasionally, it drops out altogether leaving him amid insistent percussion that recalls The Last Poets, or, as on “Michael X”, all alone and echoing.
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