Allan Hopebetter known as Mutabarukais a Jamaican Rastafari dub poetmusician, actor, educator, and talk-show host, who developed two of Jamaica's most popular radio programs, The Cutting Edge and Steppin' Razor. His themes include politics, culture, Black liberation, social oppression, discrimination, poverty, racism, sexism, and religion.
Mutabaruka was born Ule - Various - Bailoteca Vol. 9 raised in Rae Town, Kingston in a household with his father, mother and two sisters. When he was eight years old his father died. Mutabaruka attended the Kingston Technical High School, Il Cielo - Lucio Dalla - Il Primo Lucio Dalla he trained in electronics for four years, going on to work for the Jamaican Telephone Company until eventually quitting in Mutabaruka was drawn into the black awareness movement Vondráši, Mátoši - Kühnův Dětský Sbor, Dechové Kvinteto* - Koledy the late s and early '70s.
In school he read many "progressive books", including Eldridge Cleaver 's Soul on Ice and others that were then illegal in Jamaica, such as The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Raised as a Roman Catholic he began examining and immersing himself in the Rastafari movement. He stopped combing his hair and started growing dreadlocksand changing to an ital dietand even stopped wearing shoes as he became a Rastafari.
Mutabaruka left Kingston inrelocating to the Potosi Hills,  where he lived with his wife and two children in a house that he built himself. He was among the new wave of Jamaican poets that emerged in the early s. Golding Jr. Our readers were ecstatic. Since then, and almost in consecutive issues, we have derived much pleasure in further publication of this brother's works They tell a story common to most black people born in the ghetto And when Muta writes, it's loud and clear".
In he began performing live, backed by his band, Truth. He became known internationally after his performance at Reggae Sunsplash inthe first of several performances at the festival. Mutabaruka gave a lecture at Stanford University in on the difference between education and indoctrination,  Inhe served as narrator for filmmaker Stephanie Black 's Life and Debta documentary about the impact of global economic policy and the IMF on the economy and people of Jamaica.
He has lectured and performed at many establishments in Jamaica and the United States. InMutabaruka was featured as part of the Jamaica episode of the television programme Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
Later on inhe was recognized by Senegal with a hut built in his honour. In September Any Which Way Freedom - Mutabaruka - Live! At Reggae Sumfest 93 (DVD), he recited a tribute poem in honour of Lucky Dubewhose music he said sought to "liberate the Any Which Way Freedom - Mutabaruka - Live! At Reggae Sumfest 93 (DVD). His outspoken statements on theology and the oppressive roles played by religious institutions have generated much controversy.
Although he is a non-smoker, Mutabaraku has campaigned for the decriminalization of cannabis. Inthe government of Jamaica awarded Mutabaruka the Order of DistinctionCommander Class one of the highest distinctions in the countryin recognition of his cultural contributions.
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