Tributes pour in for Legendary dup poet Benjamin Zephaniah
Legendary dub poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah following has passed at aged 65.
TRIBUTES have poured in for the legendary dub poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah following his passing aged 65.
Tributes are flooding in for the Legendary dub poet and writer, Benjamin Zephaniah, who passed away
The Birmingham born creative was a member of the Windrush generation with Barbadian mother and Jamaican father, and was renowned for popularising his poetic prose that challenged governments and pushed new ways of political thinking.
Benjamin grew up in Handsworth in the 60s and 70s, just a few years shy of racial uprisings from the Black community that gripped the West Midlands region and other cities around the UK.
After moving to London at the age of 22, he published his first book Pen Rhythm. Benjamin was lauded for bringing dub poetry, a Jamaican-inspired form of poetry, to the British mainstream.
bringing dub poetry, a Jamaican-inspired form blending spoken word with reggae rhythms, into the British mainstream. His sad passing was announced on social media just eight weeks ago after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Aston Villa, the football club Zephaniah passionately supported throughout his life, joined in paying homage, stating, “Everyone at Aston Villa is deeply saddened.” Lord Simon Woolley of Cambridge University acknowledged Zephaniah’s profound impact on the Black community and wider society, describing him as a “colossus” and a storyteller of hope and resilience.
Benjamin, who was a life-long Aston Villa supporter, had his team also pay tribute to him.
In a statement, the club said: “Everyone at Aston Villa is deeply saddened by news of the passing of legendary writer and poet, Benjamin Zephaniah. Named as one of Britain’s top 50 post-war writers in 2008, Benjamin was a lifelong Aston Villa fan and had served as an ambassador for the Aston Villa Foundation.
“The thoughts and condolences of all at the club are with his family and friends at this time.”