Jean "Binta" Breeze

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Jean "Binta" Breeze has been a performance poet, playwright, actress, dancer and choreographer. Her books include Riddym Ravings, published in 1988 by Race Today; Spring Cleaning, published…
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Jean "Binta" Breeze has been a performance poet, playwright, actress, dancer and choreographer. Her books include Riddym Ravings, published in 1988 by Race Today; Spring Cleaning, published in 1992 by Virago; and On the Edge of the Island, published in 1996 by Bloodaxe. An album, Tracks, released in 1990 and produced by Linton Kwesi Johnson, combined unaccompanied readings and pieces recorded with accompaniment by the Dennis Bovell Dub Band, led by the Matumbi founding member.

Breeze attracted her earliest attention as a dub poet shortly after coming to England for the first time in the early '80s. In the years since, she's divided her time shuttling between her homeland in Jamaica and the U.K.