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Word Sound Have Powah

Showing on January 17, 2019

Playing at The Beaumont Studios (19+)


D'BI (Jamaica/Canada/UK)

D’BI combines early Jamaican dub with dancehall reggae, as well as Afrobeat, punk and performance art. That’s a thick blend of styles, and we haven’t even gotten to the hip-hop yet… Recited over guitar, backing tracks or both, this new dub poetry bridges musical traditions from folk to funk and beyond with the wider art world; as D’BI performs, the feel is of cultures converging with the force of a tidal wave. It’s solo musical poetry, simply put, and with it the artist seeks to transform our concepts of normality. Intersectionality is the keyword, musically and otherwise—the discourse is political, and it’s powerful enough to move your heart and change your mind.

[O]ne of those human dynamos that leave the rest of us with jaw hanging in rapt amazement… Every poem-song is an education in a world that is still being born.

—Vincent Tinguely

Join us to Celebrate the Opening of the 15th Anniversary PuSh Festival! We’ll kick-off the evening at The Beaumont Studios with this performance by D’BI and follow up with a (FREE)  Opening Night Party for the ages, featuring djs, dancing and pop-up performances by Vancouver’s Kimmortal & Immigrant Lessons.

Artist Bio

D’BI (Jamaica / Canada / UK)

The daughter of Anita Stewart—a pioneer of dub poetry—D’BI is a playwright-performer, director and scholar. She has toured the globe numerous times a performance artist and has been awarded numerous honours, including the YMCA Women of Distinction Award. An arts educator and the author of seven books, she is a true leader is many fields.


The Beaumont Studios (19+)

316 W 5th Ave, Vancouver, BC


January 17
75 minutes, no intermission



Online tickets are no longer available for Word Sound Have Powah. Tickets maybe be available at the venue box office, one hour before showtime.