D'bi Young

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d'bi Young Anitafrika (born in 1978 Kingston,Jamaica), is a Jamaican-Canadian black feminist artist, United Nations speaker, Canadian Poet of Honor, InkTalks/TED speaker and YWCA Woman of Distinction. As an internationally celebrated dubpoet, dramatist, educator, director and dramaturge, d'bi is also a 3 time Dora Award winning writer-performer. d'bi Young is the founding Artistic Director of Watah; Canada's only professional theatre company that offers tuition-free artist residencies to over 25 Black and diverse artist-leaders per year. She is also the founder and CEO of The Sorplusi Institute and Sorplusi Publishing, a research-based social enterprise with a micro press extension producing works by Black and diverse creators.[1]

Life and Career

After moving from Jamaica to Toronto in 1993, Young attended high school at Jarvis Collegiate, and later at McGill University and Concordia University where she became heavily involved in the spoken word and dub poetry scene. After school, and once moving back to Toronto, in 2001, anitafrika completed her first two plays: Selphine Loathing and yagayah: two.womben.black.griots, which was a collaboration with the Caribbean Canadian poet Naila Belvett. Anitafrika’s career flourished over the next few years as a performer, poet and writer. As an actor, she was nominated for a Dora Award for her role in Trey Anthony’s 2004 hit play, '‘da Kink in my Hair, and was a member of the cast of Lord Have Mercy!,Canada’s first Caribbean Canadian TV sitcom. She published two collections of dub poetry with Women’s Press: art on black (2006), and rivers… and other blackness… between us (2007). Her one-woman play, bloodclaat : one oomaan story,was produced in 2005 at Theatre Passe Muraille. She is currently creating the first ever Dub Opera, tackling global environmental issues through a large-scale political musical entitled Lukumi, scored by her Afro-fusion-Reggae band The 333.





  • bloodclaat!,(2005) [3]
  • benu, (2009)
  • "word!sound!powah!", (2010)
  • "She Mami Wata and The Pussy WitchHunt", (2015)


  • da Kink in my Hair", Trey Anthony , (2004)
  • "Lord Have Mercy!, Soloman, (2003)


  1. <https://en-ca.fievent.com/e/bloodclaat-by-d-bi-young-anitafrika/4265791>
  2. dbiyounganitafrika.com
  3. https://en-ca.fievent.com/e/bloodclaat-by-d-bi-young-anitafrika/4265791

Name:D'bi Young